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Springfield Teams Up with Harvard to Improve Schools


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Springfield Public Schools is partnering with an Ivy League University to try and turn around some of the city’s underperforming schools.

Through a partnership with Harvard’s Education Innovation Laboratory (EdLabs), the school district is hoping drive growth in five schools – Chestnut, Kennedy, and Kiley Middle Schools, the High School of Commerce, and DeBerry Elementary School.

According to the school district, EdLabs is an education and development agency that is “devoted to closing the achievement gap.”

Warwick says that the school district faced two options to move four of the schools – Chestnut, Kiley, Kennedy, and Kiley – forward out of their Level 4 status: either partner with an organization like EdLabs to elevate gains in the schools, or face a takeover by the state.

At each school, EdLabs will first take an evaluation of current tools, resources and practices. They will also draw from their recruiting capabilities to highly-qualified educators to the city.

EdLabs will also work to implement intensive science, math, and reading curriculums at each of the school, as well as lead small tutoring sessions for students and revised teaching and learning strategies.

Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick notes, “We are taking a bold step, one that is necessary at this time and one that represents the most cutting edge education reform taking place in the country today. Our promise is a culture of equity and proficiency for all students and our partnership with EdLabs will help us deliver on that promise.”

The partnership will be in place for the 2013-2024 academic year.

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