S.O.E. hosts school superintendents

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Boston College welcomed 50 recently appointed Massachusetts public school superintendents at a workshop held Sept. 14 in Campion Hall.

Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Robert Antonucci and Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Executive Director Peter Finn gave presentations on current issues of interest, as did several School of Education faculty members.

"This workshop really strengthened our ties with Massachusetts leaders in public education, which is important as we begin to develop our own collaborative efforts in surrounding areas," said SOE Dean Gerald Pine, noting that 40 Massachusetts superintendents hold doctoral degrees from Boston College.

SOE faculty members - led by SOE Campus School Director Philip DiMattia - opened the lines of communication, urging those in attendance to contact them for consultation in several areas: Prof. John Savage spoke about the "whole language" approach to reading; Prof. Mary Walsh described the Integrated Services Project; and Prof. Albert Beaton talked about his work in the Third International Math and Science Study. Francis Curran discussed the Campus School's Eagle Eyes program, which he coordinates, and which allows severely handicapped students to operate computers using only their eyes.

"The institute reflects our ongoing commitment to work with those who lead the public schools in Massachusetts," said Pine. "We hope it also gets the word out that Boston College is a valuable resource to help address the challenges confronting education today."

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