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School Profiles

Learn more about two schools that have transformed their approach to student literacy and writing through the ongoing work with WriteBoston coaches. Teachers and administrators at these schools describe the power of coaching to strengthen teacher practice across subject areas.

Boston Community Leadership Academy

At Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA), teachers and administrators alike credit WriteBoston with helping to transform the school’s approach to professional development.

Kelly Knopf-Goldner, a WriteBoston coach, works on-site with teachers two days a week. BCLA educators say that Ms. Knopf-Goldner, or “Ms. K-G” as she is affectionately known, has brought coherence and focus to teachers’ professional growth and classroom instruction.

Said Headmaster Brett Dickens, “Before WriteBoston, I always found professional development to be discouraging for teachers – too many presenters with no credibility and no follow-up. Now, with Kelly, the professional development is institutionalized, planned, teacher-driven, and sustained.” Continued…

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Greater Lawrence Technical School

Teachers at Greater Lawrence Technical School admit that they were somewhat skeptical at first about working with a WriteBoston coach. Many of them recalled frustrating past experiences with “expert consultants,” whose support was not tailored to their needs and rarely resulted in any meaningful change in their teaching practices. When Rebecca Steinitz began working with the faculty in the fall of 2011, she knew she had to deliver professional development that was relevant, customized, and actionable.

Two years later, teachers and administrators alike report that their work with WriteBoston has had a profound impact on teaching practice and on the overall culture of the school. Student writing has grown dramatically, in terms of both volume and quality. Teachers now hold students to high expectations for literacy, writing, and critical thinking, not only in English classes but increasingly in other academic subjects and in vocational classes as well. Continued…

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