Friday, October 19, 2018


The Beker Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to Boston Public Schools
Five Schools Receive 'If I Would I Could' Grant for Strong Teacher Leadership
BOSTON — Friday, October 19, 2018— The Beker Foundation is awarding five Boston public schools an allocation from the $50,000 ‘If I Would I Could’ grant for displaying strong leadership in teaching and learning.
The five $10,000 awards will support teachers to invest in their classrooms to enhance learning experiences of students. The funds could be used to implement educational programs and supplemental materials, such as books, technology, and furniture. The schools chosen to receive the award are Oliver W. Holmes Elementary School in DorchesterWilliam M. Trotter K-8 School in DorchesterMcKinley Elementary School in the South EndMargarita Muniz Academy in Jamaica Plain, and New Mission High School in Hyde Park.

“The ‘If I Would I Could’ grant helps our educators expand student learning to help keep up with 21st century learning needs,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael Loconto. “We would like to thank the Beker Foundation for having a positive impact on our students.”

"The Beker Foundation is delighted to support Boston Public Schools’ dedicated teachers with the ‘If I Could, I Would’ grant,” said Jayne Beker of the Becker Foundation. “Our goal is to empower teachers to think creatively about enhancing their students’ classroom experience and to enable them to fulfill their visions. We hope teachers will feel inspired by their participation in this grant, and that their entire school community will benefit from the process.”

Educators from the chosen schools will have the opportunity to write a brief proposal for a portion of the funds to be used in their classroom. Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee of their peers and the educators chosen will receive the funds to implement the investment in the 2018-19 school year.

“Our educators work hard to provide our students with robust learning experiences and this investment gives them the opportunity to expand that,” said Boston Public Schools (BPS) Interim Superintendent Laura Perille. “We are grateful for the Beker Foundation for providing these five schools a greater opportunity to grow effective teaching and learning.”

At the end of the year, participating educators are to write an impact statement, describing the outcomes of the investment in their classroom. The Beker Foundation hopes that this grant program will serve as a pilot that can be expanded across the district in the future.

“As the district continues to focus on preparing students for college, career, and life, it is important that educators get the resources they need to help our students reach those goals,” said BPS Managing Director and Senior Advisor of External Affairs Makeeba McCreary. “Investments such as these are a catalyst for the district’s focus on providing teaching and learning at high standards for all students.”

The grant is being provided to the Boston Educational Development Fund, a non-profit organization that supports BPS through the facilitation of funds raised through donations or philanthropic efforts.

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