Laura Perille

President & CEO, EdVestors

Stories by Laura Perille

Little-tapped Boston contract provision tied to big school improvement

Little-tapped Boston contract provision tied to big school improvement

District-union partnership is a promising model for student achievement gains

JUST FIVE YEARS AGO, Mildred Avenue K-8 School in Mattapan was one of the worst performing schools in the Boston Public School system and ranked in the lowest percentile of public schools statewide. When the school was in peril of being placed under state control, district and school leaders and the teachers union — often(...)

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State must signal arts education matters

State must signal arts education matters

Should be an indicator in school accountability system

ARTS EDUCATION PROVIDES vital learning benefits, helping students develop 21st Century skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and teamwork. Research has also shown us for years that an education program that prominently features arts can lead to improved attendance, persistence, focused attention, and intellectual risk taking—all of which correlates strongly with(...)

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Bringing the real world into the classroom

Bringing the real world into the classroom

Vocational approach helps students and businesses

IN HIS REMARKS on General Electric’s relocation to Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh heralded a new era for public-private partnerships in education, saying that with GE’s help “we’re going to reinvent vocational education for the 21st century.” We agree that expanding and invigorating career, vocational, and technical education pathway models in Boston high schools can be(...)

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You’ve got to have art

You’ve got to have art

Boston initiative aims to show how arts can play a key role in school improvement

In many school districts, the last few years have not been kind to arts education.  Arts are among the first subjects to be cut when budgets are tightened.  But the story here in Boston is very different. With the distribution of nearly $800,000 in grants this summer, the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative marks a(...)

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