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Survey: Today’s teaching force is less experienced, more open to change
By Jackie Mader
Hechinger Report, October 23, 2012
Teacher-Leader Corps Helps Turn Around Schools
By Stephen Sawchuck
Education Week, April 20, 2011
New Teachers are the New Majority
By Celine Coggins & Heather Peske
Education Week, January 19, 2011
Lesson Plan in Boston Schools: Don’t Go It Alone
By Mike Winerip
New York Times, August 8, 2010
About Boston Public Schools
The Boston Public Schools serves more than 56,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 135 schools, and in 2006 won the Broad Prize for Urban Education as the top city school district in the country. BPS is committed to transforming the lives of children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools, where we partner with families and the community to develop in every student the knowledge, skill, and confidence to excel in college, career, and life.
About Fall River Public Schools
Fall River Public Schools is a rich professional learning community devoted to improving the lives and academic achievement levels of all students. Fall River educates almost 10,000 students in grades K through 12 across 16 schools. Teachers in Fall River share in decision making about teaching and learning, engage in weekly common planning time with colleagues, and focus on results. Fall River invites skilled, passionate teachers to join in this extraordinary opportunity to create schools where children and young people thrive.
Meg Mayo-Brown – Superintendent, Fall River Public Schools
Meg Mayo-Brown was appointed Superintendent of the Fall River Public Schools in February of 2009. Prior to becoming Superintendent, she served as Assistant Superintendent and Title I Director. Her career as an educator began in 1986 as a special education teacher. After nine years of teaching, she served as Education as Executive Director of Educator Quality for the Massachusetts Department from 1995 to 2003, working on teacher quality policy and programming at the state level, and collaborating closely with the Commissioner of Education. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Michigan State University, a Master’s Degree from Boston College, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Northeastern University researching collective teacher efficacy. Her work as Superintendent has focused on transforming the district through its Recovery Plan with a strong focus on accelerating achievement for all learners to ensure Fall River’s 10,000 students are prepared for college and career success. Fall River has been nationally recognized for dramatically reducing its dropout rate and increasing graduation rates. It is also the home to three of the state’s expanded learning time schools.
Lesley Ryan Miller –Director of Teacher Development and Advancement, Boston Public Schools
Lesley Ryan Miller is the Director of Teacher Development and Advancement for Boston Public Schools (BPS). She served as an elementary school teacher in BPS for 10 years before joining the BPS New Teacher Development Program where she mentored first year teachers. Mrs. Miller also worked at the Boston Plan for Excellence as the After School Program Coordinator. In this role she served as an intermediary for the City of Boston and Boston Public Schools around after-school programming. She also provided professional development for after-school program staff. Lesley is a co-founder and co-chair of the Lee Academy (K-5) Pilot School in BPS. Her work there focused on diminishing the achievement gap by enrolling children at the age of 3, as well as providing high quality literacy instruction along with a strong social-emotional component.
Lesley attained a B.S. in Elementary Education from Boston University and graduated with a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology.