At the start of the third school year affected by the pandemic, we check in with our Re-Centering cohort leaders.
In addition to convening the city’s first-of-its-kind principal cohort focused on re-centering, Boston Schools Fund has committed an additional $150,000 to support its full portfolio of 38 partner schools — representing the public, charter public, and private sectors serving 19,000 students from underserved communities — with targeted reopening guidance and planning support uniquely tailored to Boston’s post-pandemic reality as leaders begin their planning for the start of school in Fall 2021.
Design or strengthen a school culture plan that builds strong relationships and promotes a safe, inclusive, engaging, and joyful return to school.
Strengthen and revise behavior systems to promote culturally-responsive and restorative practices that minimize disruptions to academic, social, and emotional learning opportunities.
Implement or strengthen programming that responds to a limited number of pandemic-related student wellness needs, including attendance and mental health services via clinical professionals.
If high quality instructional materials are not yet in place: Strengthen tier 1 instruction by adopting externally-vetted, rigorous, and culturally-relevant curricular materials for each content area.