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  1. Program Day Information
  2. Follow Up Discussion Information
  3. Optional Thursday Social Information

Program Day

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 14
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom (see reminder email or the YW Boston Connect event page for meeting details)

Objectives (+ April program day feedback survey summary)

Our objectives are to

  • Experience the promise of and challenges for Boston Public School students, in the context of COVID-19 
  • Understand the complexity of urban school leadership 
  • Understand history of segregation/de-segregation in Boston Public Schools 
  • Be able to articulate barriers and opportunities to providing a high quality education for all children 

  • 9:00 Welcome & opening
  • 9:45 Education Fast Facts & History of BPS
  • 10:10 Small Group Discussion
  • 10:30 BPS Expert Panel: Edverette Brewster and Emmanuel Allen​
  • 11:40 Final Discussions
  • 12:40 March Leadership Commitment Action Step follow-up
  • 12:55 Closing & Survey

Complete the following readings before our program day:

Additional recommended:

Module 3: Patterns of Oppression

Watch the YW Module 3 video on “Patterns of Oppression” (6:28)

  1. As you watch, take notes and answer the reflection questions in your LeadBoston journal.
  2. Once you’ve finished the video, share your response to the Post & Share question below as a comment to the pinned post on the YW Boston Connect LeadBoston 2021 group page.

    Post & Share: Write up a situation you encounter involving a pattern, or patterns, in your workplace that you wish you had responded to (or responded to differently). This can be a pattern you witness or one you realize you enacted. *Please protect the privacy of individuals.
Expert Speakers

Edverette Brewster, Principal, Holmes Innovation School, Dorchester, MA

Edverette is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a graduate of Vanderbilt University where he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy. Edverette entered the teaching profession as a Teach for America Corps Member and relocated to Boston to teach middle school English Language Arts at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, where he taught Humanities and served as the Humanities Team Facilitator. At the Frederick, Edverette served on the Instructional Leadership Team and coached the LGF Step Team. In 2016 Edverette earned his Masters in Instructional Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During his career, he has worked with Teach for America as a Curriculum Specialist during regional Institute and a Content Team Leader. In 2018 Edverette received Honorable Mention for the BPS Educator of the Year and taught course through Teach Plus that focused on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. Currently, Edverette is the proud principal of the Holmes Innovation School in Dorchester. His passion is to provide culturally relevant instruction and quality support for students in public school settings.

Emmanuel Allen, Director, Boston Public Schools Re-Engagement Center (REC)

As a lifelong resident of Boston, Emmanuel Allen is dedicated to the success and achievement of urban youth. For the past seventeen years, he has worked to create programing and pathways for a variety of populations, ranging from homeless youth, to high school dropouts and those at risk of dropping out, to first-year college students.

Emmanuel helped design the Boston Public Schools Re-Engagement Center, a full service center that actively recovers students who have left school. He has also managed and organized programs targeted at reducing violence in urban areas. Emmanuel holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Fitchburg State University in Computer Information Systems and a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Boston University. He completed his MBA at Northeastern University. Emmanuel currently works for the Boston Public schools as the director of Boston’s Re-Engagement Center.

Follow-Up Conversation Information

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 21
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for Zoom info)

Optional Thursday Social Information

Date: Thursday, Apr. 29
Time: 5:05 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for Zoom info)