Boston Partners in Education | Oct. 18

Boston Partners in Education is helping communities academically! Become a mentor at one of Dorchester's Boston Public Schools to help a student! For one hour a week, you can help a student gain confidence and skills in order to succeed. Boston Partners in Education provides training and support sessions for you. Your placement is based on your availability and preferences. Click HERE to fill out the application. For more info, come to an info session at the next Hancock Civic Association Meeting. The meeting is on October 18 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. It will take place at 500 Columbia Road in Dorchester. 

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Education Summit | March 31

The Education Summit: The Church and Educational Equity will be taking place March 31, 2012 from 9AM to 3PM (registration is at 8:30AM) at the Second Church on 44 Moultrie Street, Dorchester, MA.  You can R.S.V.P. by emailing  The cost is $20. For more information please visit

Community Meeting: Improving School Choice | March 24

Come join parents, students, family members and school leaders in a community dialogue on school choice and student assignment. Join the conversation, listen to the voices and opinions of others, learn what is happening in Boston Public Schools, and share your ideas about how BPS can ensure quality, offer great choices and strengthen the community.  

For Dorchester, the meeting will be 3/24/12 at the Harbor School, located at 11 Charles Street from 9AM to noon.  If you would like to organize a meeting for your school community, please send an email to Mary Ann Crayton, the Director of Community Engagement.  

"The Bridge" Networking Party and Fundraiser Dec. 13

Freedom House is teaming up with Fourth Wall Project to host "The Bridge" — a networking party and fundraiser in support of Freedom House. Freedom House is a Dorchester-based charity dedicated to inspiring and teaching young people in under-resourced communities to succeed academically. "The Bridge" is designed to serve as a link between professionals from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds. The event sponsors are a network of professionals in ten different industries, so expect to broaden your network of contacts and meet new people. You will have an opportunity to hear about Freedom House's positive impact on the lives of teenagers!

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Teach-in @ Northeastern Nov. 13

From 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on November 13, Northeastern University will be hosting a teach-in meant to educate and enlighten the public about the state of the economy, its impact on individuals and households, the reasons for the long duration of the current Great Recession, and to provide ideas about what can be done to speed economic recovery and enhance economic and social justice. The teach-in was planned by a growing group of Northeastern faculty and students, as well as partners from the community and other campuses. For more information and a schedule of events, check out a flyer for the event here and check out the event's website!

Education Policy Conference Nov. 19

On November 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Freedom House will be hosting the first Annual Educational Policy Conference! The theme is college preparedness, and there will be some of the best leaders in the field to discuss education reform. At the conference, you will be able to see leaders in the field engage with the community in a conversation about reform. For parents and students with the goal of graduation, this venue provides an opportunity to ask questions and get resources that will help you on your way to high school, college, and career success!

The event will include keynote speakers: Secretary Paul Reville, Massachusetts Secretary of Education, and Dr. Ronal Ferguson, Senior Lecturer in Education and Policy at Harvard University. There will also be A Success Boston Panel with Freedom House, Inc, Hyde Square Task Force, ACCESS Boston, Bottom Line, Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), and the Education Resources Institute (TERI).

There will also be roundtable discussions for parents and community! Youth and families are encouraged to attend. The event will begin with registration and light breakfast at 8:30.

For more information, contact Marie Hovis by email or call 617.445.3700. Freedom House is located at 14 Crawford Street in Dorchester, 02121.

Family to Family Education Program Begins Oct. 11 (Openings!)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free "Family-to-Family Education Program." The program, a 12-week course for family caregivers of the mentally ill, runs from  7:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and will begin October 11, 2011. Classes take place in Fields Corner. Contact Ginny, 617-522-7439 or with questions or concerns. >> Read More

BPS Community Plan-It, Begins Sep. 15


BPS Community Plan-It begins September 15! Have your voices heard as the district develops its new accountability system: from September 15th to October 20th, Community PlanIT will serve as a platform for the district’s first “virtual town hall meeting” - engaging BPS staff-people, parents, students and other members of the community on how we should rate our schools’ performance and the opportunities they offer. The exercise will culminate with a real face-to-face town hall meeting for all participants on October 20th at English High School.

Go to and click on the Boston Public Schools link on the left pane to begin! Over 500 people are already registered, and groups of students across the district will play a more active role – producing video content and posing “challenges” to participants in the conversation. To get your students, parents, staff or partners engaged, contact Carl Allen in the Office of Accountability at – or send them straight to

School Readiness Roundtable, Sep. 21

Fields Corner Children ThriveThe Dorchester Cluster (Boston Community Partnerships Programs) and Fields Corner Children Thrive invite parents, caregivers, community member and service providers to join the next Fields Corner Children Thrive School Readiness Roundtable on Wednesday, September 21 from 12 to 2 p.m. The roundtable will take place at the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, 1135 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 02125. Lunch and childcare provided. Please RSVP to Marika Hewes by calling 617-740-2572 or emailing (for childcare, please also RSVP to Mary at 617.288-7120).

**$20 Target gift cards are available for parent and grandparent participants.

School Site Council Workshop, Sep. 20

School Site Council

Every School in Boston should be excellent and you can help make it happen! Learn more about becoming a member of your School Site Council. Parents, Students and Teachers, join your School Site Council! Did you know that School Site Councils: write reviews and comment on your school budget; develop the Whole School Improvement Plan; serve as "subjects" as interviews; and make recommendations for hiring teachers. Attend a workshop on Tuesday, September 20, 6:00 p.m. at Citywide Parent Council, 21 Deckard Street, Dorchester (Latin Academy Building). Food and childcare will be provided.

To RSVP or request more information please call Frank Hart, BPON, 617-522-2766; Beverly Mitchell, CPC, 617-635-9210, or voice mail 617-635-6612; or Fran Smith at 617-429-7106.

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