Learn how educators brought serious change to their schools through purposeful, culturally responsive redesign.
Boston Collaboratory School (BoCoLab) is a model for an innovative school that is student-centered and culturally responsive. The school is a shining example of solid teamwork, but the team of educators behind BoCoLab is currently struggling to find a school building to implement their model.
Holmes Elementary School
Holmes Elementary successfully implemented a redesign plan to transform the school through extensive faculty professional development and the implementation of a new student-centered, social/emotional learning curriculum. The school has seen improved student and community engagement, along with higher student success since the redesign.
Hampton Elementary School
Hampton Elementary School has increased its focus on personalized learning to create a more equitable learning environment for students, allowing them to set and reach their own goals in the classroom. Student are more engaged and have seen much improvement in their scores.
Loreto Elementary School is committed to social justice, and it realizes its mission through Peace Assemblies and an annual Festival of Masks, which introduces the community to diverse cultures. Since the school's transformation in 2018, Loreto Elementary School has seen a dramatic increase in ELA test scores, and its dual language program has helped students reach English fluency at faster rates than traditional ELL models.
Chelsea Opportunity Academy is a new school founded in 2018 that seeks to meet the needs of students who did not find success in a traditional high school set. The school implements a competency-based learning and assessment model, and uses multi-lingual courses, holistic curricula, and flexible schedules to support its students.
Common Themes and Lessons Learned
Read more about the convergent themes and lessons from the above case studies.