Step UP: A New Vision for School-University Partnerships

Three years ago, the Office of the Mayor set out to assist the Boston Public Schools in closing the achievement gap. Five distinguished universities-- Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, Northeastern, and Tufts -- were charged with the task of launching Step UP, a city-wide project that directs key resources from some of Boston's top universities to 10 Boston Public Schools. The goal: to give our city's students the best education possible and to help them reach their full potential.

Welcome from Mayor Menino

The Boston Public Schools has made great strides in improving student achievement over the past decade. New schools have been built, successful programs have been expanded, and entire school communities have been energized and focused on ensuring that every child reaches proficiency.  But we strive to do even better for Boston’s children and, as Superintendent Carol Johnson has noted, our schools cannot do it alone. Partnerships are critical to Boston’s school reform effort.

In 2006, I stood with the presidents of the city’s five leading research universities – Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Tufts University – to launch the Step UP initiative. The Boston School Committee, Superintendent Johnson, and I are working closely with our Step UP partners to make this a model partnership between universities and public schools – one in which real results will be reflected in the classroom. Parents and communities are also critical to this task. So I invite you all to join us as we Step UP to support Boston schools.

- Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston


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Science Across the City Video from BC

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June Step UPdate Newsletter

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Read the June Step UPdate newsletter addressing student engagement and service learning here

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Read about the exciting Science Across the City events hosted by Step UP on May 3rd here.

Leadership Coaching Q&A: Past Experience and Big Picture Thinking

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An excerpt of this interview appeared in the April issue of the Step Update. The following is the full article. Coralie Kelly is leadership coach at the Trotter School in Dorchester, she...
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