For over 30 years, BPE has worked across Boston to improve educational outcomes and to train teachers, particularly teachers of color. For the past several years, DSNI has worked closely with BPE to build high-quality K1-12 pathways for all Dudley students. It is important that families can confidently send their children to a high quality public school right in their neighborhood, rather than needing to travel to different parts of the city. BPE currently operates two schools in the neighborhood, Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School (grades K-5) and the Dearborn STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Academy (grades 6-12). This past Spring, BPE graduated its first senior class from the Dearborn, which was previously solely a middle school (pictured below). The Dearborn STEM Academy will move to a state-of-the-art new building next fall (pictured below).
On this and other projects, DSNI is building our collaboration with BPE as part of our mission to increase neighborhood access to high-quality education. Our Executive Director Juan Leyton recently joined the BPE board. We are also training BPE teachers in local issues of housing and homelessness, and helping to recruit teachers of color from the neighborhood. The 2017-2018 school year has started off strongly and both organizations are looking forward to strengthening the partnership.