On What Matters Most
an interactive resource for school reopening & Recovery
Empowering leaders with practical tools and plans for school return
and learning recovery.
A toolkit for school leaders.
A blueprint for recovery.
A vision for what’s possible.
Explore the Guide
Developed in partnership with Attuned Education Partners, this School Re-Centering Guide synthesizes promising practices across ELA, math, student and adult social emotional learning, and family engagement to drive pandemic recovery for every classroom. Grounded in Attuned’s Essential Practice Domains, school leaders will find actionable initiatives; recommendations and resources for implementation; an arc of recommended deliverables over the next five years; key design considerations and more.
Explore each Domain below to learn how to bring these initiatives into your school community.
Meet our cohort of Boston Public School principals putting re-centering into practice.
“Our school community has been greatly impacted by the pandemic this past year in multiple ways.
With families out of work, and many unable to qualify for unemployment, we immediately focused on supporting basic needs for families. Access to broadband internet and technology fluency were massive barriers last spring. Supporting students, families, and staff with social emotional needs, as well as academic recovery plans, will be crucial for PJK next year.”
Kristen Goncalves, PrincipalPatrick J. Kennedy School
“Many of our families faced food and housing insecurities in the past year, including a high COVID-19 positive rate.
The challenges called for our Student Support Team to meet frequently to problem-solve about ensuring families have what they need and that students were not only present but emotionally available to learn. We now know our families more personally — they don’t hesitate to seek support. Needs are evolving as more students enroll in-person.”
Carline Pignato, PrincipalChanning Elementary
“We are observing considerable social emotional needs related to limited opportunities for social interaction over the last year.
We believe it’s essential to continue on our journey as an antiracist school community. This involves ongoing work critically consuming units of study for forms of bias, diversifying content to provide mirrors and windows, and building in meaningful interdisciplinary opportunities to challenge inequities and cultivate critical consciousness.”
Julia Bott, PrincipalEllis Mendell School
Follow their journey through return and recovery.
The neighborhoods represented by our cohort of five Boston Public Schools are some of the most impacted by the pandemic. Follow our five principals as they lead their communities through return and recovery — and re-centering back to what matters most in their schools.
Is Your School Ready to Re-Center?
If you’re a single-site school leader, take our brief, four-question survey to guide your planning towards re-centering initiatives that make sense for your school community. District and systems leaders can go deeper with assessment using our comprehensive School Readiness Assessment.