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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

波士頓學校總監最後人選2名 6/23、24兩場公聽會

              (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓綜合報導)波士頓公校今 (21)日宣佈,下任學校總監已有2名人選進入最後審核階段,一人為尚莫維爾 (Somerville)市學校總監 Mary Skipper,另一人為監管東波士頓、查理士城,以及北端的波士頓公校區域總監Tommy Welch

              波士頓市長吳弭和學校委員會主席Jeri Robinson還要求指派副學術總監Drew EchelsonBrenda Cassellius博士在630日卸任之後,到新總監上任之前,擔任代理學校總監。

              Mary SkipperTommy Welch2人,都有非常豐富的城市學校系統經驗,在34名申請者中脫穎而出。他們預定於62324兩日,由波士頓學校委員會公開面試。

              Mary Skipper 2015年開始擔任尚莫維爾市學校總監,之前的18年,在波士頓公校歷任校長,高中部的助理學校總監。去年尚莫維爾學校委員會給她的評價是好極了。

              尚莫維爾學區和波士頓的相比,規模小得多,只有十幾所學校,而且學生人數少於5000,不像波士頓那麼多元,還比有49千名學生,121所學校的波士頓富裕。

              如果波士頓市決定選她當下任學校總監,時機是再好不過,因為她和尚莫維爾市的合約,正好630日到期。她目前仍在和尚莫維爾市談合約。

              波士頓學校委員會計畫在週三晚上,私下和她談總監合約。

              Mary Skipper在她發給尚莫維爾市學校委員會的信中表示,她將留在尚莫維爾學區內,直到下學年開始以後,以及有圓滿交接。

              Mary Skipper2011年奧巴馬總統到她率領的高中, TechBoston學校發表重要的教育演講時,攫取了全國焦點。她把這些關注轉化為波士頓基金會、比爾蓋茲美蓮達基金會都撥款支持的學校。那時候TechBoston主要是為黑人及拉丁裔學生服務,有著全波士頓市最高的畢業率,82%都在四年內取得文憑,比該學區高了20%

              Mary Skipper畢業於阿靈頓天主教高中,持有哈佛大學及哥倫比亞大學碩士學位,塔芙茨大學學士。她最初是在波士頓學院附屬高中執教,交希臘文及拉丁文。

              Tommy Welch是一名根源於加州的長期教育者,和前任學校總監張欽棠有關係。他是波士頓公校的區域總監,很多在他轄區內的學校,表現都比較好。根據2年前和麻州中小學教育廳簽署的協議,這些學校還是要複製最好做法的萬花筒網路的一部分。

本身是雙族裔,雙語人的Welch,在張欽棠於2015年獲聘為波士頓學校總監後加入波士頓公校。他們倆人之前在全美第二大學區,有60萬學生的洛杉磯統一學區共事。在那兒,Welch是一所新的,創新中學及高中的校長,張欽棠則是監管該校的高級主管。

Welch在洛杉磯中南部贏得家長們的讚譽,當他們因為鄰里內缺乏一所高水準高中,感到沮喪,決定為自己的小孩從頭設立一所新高中,Nava學院預校時,找了他做夥伴,以他已經創辦的一所中學為模型。

根據洛杉磯時報一篇2014年的報導,在新校園開張後,由於Welch鼓勵透明文化,以及和家庭經常對話,家長們對學校事務也持續發聲。

在波士頓,直到現任學校總監Brenda Cassellius2019年把他調任到現在的位置上以前,Welch的工作是監管高中的學術總監。

在成為學校行政人員之前,Welch的教學經驗主要是在小學的特殊教育上,還有12年的多語學習者老師的經驗。這2方面都是麻州批評波士頓公校系統,認為波士頓學區該注意的地方。

Welch持有洛杉磯文科西方學院,以及加州大學洛杉磯分校學歷,2020年他獲得波士頓學校的博士學位,現有2名小孩在波士頓公校上學。

FINALISTS NAMED FOR BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT

Mayor Wu and Chair Robinson also Recommend Designation of Acting Superintendent to Serve from June 30 until Next Superintendent’s Start Date

BOSTON - Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - The Boston School Committee today announced the selection of candidates for the position of Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (BPS), following the recommendation of the nine-member Search Committee. The remaining finalists will participate in a public interview process on Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24, which will include three community panels followed by a public interview by the Boston School Committee. (See full schedule below or click here.)

Scheduled for Thursday, June 23: Mary Skipper, Superintendent of Somerville Public Schools. Mary Skipper is in her seventh year as Superintendent of the Somerville Public Schools (SPS). She joined SPS in July of 2015 following an outstanding career at Boston Public Schools, and quickly made her mark in Somerville as an innovative and visionary thinker, a passionate advocate for all youth, and a strategic systems builder whose approach includes leveraging community resources to support students. Before going to Somerville, Superintendent Skipper was Network Superintendent of High Schools for BPS, where she oversaw 34 high schools serving approximately 19,500 students. During her time as Network Superintendent, Boston High Schools achieved the lowest drop-out and the highest graduation rates in BPS history. Among her most notable accomplishments while at BPS, Superintendent Skipper helped launch TechBoston Academy (TBA) as the founding Headmaster in 2002. Superintendent Skipper holds a Bachelor's in English and Latin from Tufts University. She earned a Master's in Education Policy from Harvard and a Master's in Education Leadership from Columbia Teachers College. Superintendent Skipper and her husband Peter reside in Dorchester and have three children.

Scheduled for Friday, June 24: Dr. Tommy Welch, Region 1 School Superintendent (K-12), Boston Public Schools. As the Region 1 School Superintendent, Dr. Welch supports 15 schools, serving over 7,000 students across Charlestown, East Boston, and the North End: two high schools, 12 elementary schools, and an early education center. Dr. Welch’s service in urban education spans over two decades. His work prioritizes the improvement of the academic outcomes of students and connects leaders and resources within the network to provide a coherent instructional vision for all schools. Prior to coming to BPS in 2015, Dr. Welch was the founding principal of a middle school and later a high school in the South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles. His classroom teaching experience focused on English learners and special education inclusion in the lower elementary grades, as well as English at the high school level. Dr. Welch is a graduate of Occidental College and the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2020, he earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership at Boston College. Dr. Welch lives in East Boston with his wife and is a parent of two BPS students. 

Mayor Wu and Chair Jeri Robinson also asked the School Committee to formally designate Dr. Drew Echelson, Deputy Superintendent of Academics, as Acting Superintendent to cover the short window between Dr. Brenda Cassellius’ departure on June 30 and the next Superintendent’s first day on the job. 

“Boston’s future is tied in every way to the success of our public schools and the health and well-being of our young people,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I’m excited to be at this final stage in our search process and so grateful to the Search Committee for leading a robust process that yielded a strong, diverse pool of candidates with a wide range of lived and professional experiences. I look forward to working hard alongside Drew Echelson, the BPS senior leadership team, school leaders, and school communities throughout this summer for a smooth transition into next school year.”

Dr. Echelson currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Academics where he leads the academics, schools and accountability divisions in BPS. In this role, he serves as the Chief Academic Officer, overseeing critical areas that require sustained, thoughtful reform to meet the needs of BPS students. Dr. Echelson was not a candidate for the Superintendent position.

“Boston Public Schools is a place full of talented students, incredible educators, and committed community members who are determined to see every child succeed,” said Brenda Cassellius. “I have come to know Drew as a highly capable and student-centered leader who brings empathy, trust, as the Deputy and will bring that same commitment and energy to his role as acting superintendent. We have laid a strong foundation these past three years, and having his steady hand guide the district until the next superintendent is named will help set forward a smooth transition.

The Superintendent search process began in March, when the nine-member Search Committee launched a series of public listening sessions and community stakeholder meetings. The community feedback voiced by students, families, educators, and other City partners was incorporated into the Superintendent’s job description and informed the Search Committee members’ interview questions. Beginning with 34 candidates, the Search Committee conducted private interviews throughout May and June. These included pre-recorded video responses, one round of interviews conducted via Zoom, and a second round conducted in-person. On Friday, June 16, the Search Committee conducted its final deliberations and voted to select a group of finalists for the School Committee’s consideration. Two candidates have since withdrawn from the process prior to the start of public interviews.   

“We would like to extend our gratitude to the Superintendent Search Committee for its tremendous work in assessing candidates through a collaborative process, which included community voices from day one,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Jeri Robinson. “The district’s next leader must be ready to take on the challenges facing the district and share in our commitment to equity and inclusion, increasing academic achievement, and engaging deeply with all community members.”

The co-chairs of the Superintendent Search Committee are Dr. Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College; Lorena Lopera, Boston School Committee Member and a BPS parent; and Marcus McNeill, a Fenway High School student and youth leader.

“The Superintendent Search Committee has worked collaboratively and efficiently to identify a set of diverse, qualified candidates who deeply understand the issues facing BPS, as well as the tremendous potential of our students to excel.” said Eddinger. “These candidates are exceptional, strong leaders committed to equity and academic excellence.”

“We’ve reached a milestone that people have been anticipating for some time now,” said Lopera. “Community engagement has always been an essential part of the process and I look forward to continuing to hear from the public this week.”

“As a committee, our mission has always been centered first and foremost on the students we serve, and this week’s public panels will continue to foster inclusive community engagement,” said McNeill. “I’m thankful to everyone who took the time to share their feedback on the attributes, values, and experiences that they’d like to see in our next superintendent.” 

The finalists will participate in public interviews on Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24. These panel interviews will be conducted remotely via Zoom, with live interpretation in nine languages, including ASL, and members of the public are invited to join. Panel questions will remain the same both days, and will be drawn from both the panelists and the previous public responses to the Superintendent Search Survey. Questions may also be chosen live from the Q&A function in Zoom.

  • 10:30am-12:00pm: Community Partners
  • 1:30-3:00pm: Educators and School Leaders
  • 3:30-5:00pm: Students and Families

Each day will end with a public interview with the Boston School Committee. These interviews will be conducted in the School Committee chambers in the Bolling building and streamed on Zoom and on Boston City TV; members of the public are invited to join remotely.

  • 5:30-7:30pm: Boston School Committee

Following the interviews, the School Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 29 at 5:00pm to vote on the candidate to offer the position of Superintendent of BPS and to approve Dr. Echelson as the Acting Superintendent.

INTERVIEW SCHEDULE:

Thursday, June 23: Panel discussions and interviews

(Via Zoom and livestreamed on Boston City TV)

Friday, June 24: Panel discussions and interviews

(Via Zoom and livestreamed on Boston City TV)

For the full interview schedule and more information about the search process, visit boston.gov/bps-search

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