Superintendent Chang addressing panelists at our 50th anniversary kickoff event with BPS.

The 2016-2017 school year marks the 50th anniversary of partnership between Boston Partners in Education and the Boston Public Schools (BPS). To launch our year-long anniversary campaign in celebration of this special partnership, Boston Partners held an event this morning at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, where a historic timeline illustrating Boston Partners’ rich history serving BPS students was unveiled.

Superintendent Tommy Chang and Boston’s Chief of Education Rahn Dorsey were on hand to help kick off the anniversary celebration, calling for more community members to volunteer as academic mentors in the Boston Public Schools. The event also included a panel discussion featuring Andy Tuite, Principal, Jackson-Mann K-8 School; Sue Li, ‎Assistant Manager of School-Community Partnerships, BPS; James Likis, Teacher, Burke High School; and Leya Volcy, Student, Burke High School, who offered perspectives on the importance of supporting students through mentorship. The panelists discussed how academic mentors’ impact stretches beyond the individual students they work with to the entire classroom and school culture.

Boston Partners’ 50th anniversary campaign will continue as we release the first installment from our “50 Years, 50 Stories” series later this afternoon. The series, which will chronicle Boston Partners’ 50-year history connecting community members with BPS students, contains articles, podcasts and videos that highlight the contributions of our partners over the last five decades. A new story will be released on our website each week for the remainder of the year, so be sure to check back on for the latest installment.

Thank you to all who attended the kickoff event this morning, for showing your dedication to the education of Boston’s youth. Special thanks to Superintendent Chang, Chief Dorsey, Dr. Esparza and our panelists for demonstrating the importance of academic mentoring in the Boston Public Schools.