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Lynch School of Education

Faculty Research and Outreach

During the past year, the faculty of the Boston College Lynch School of Education has developed and articulated a strategic vision to guide our work and strengthen our singular mission. Among our paramount goals is to support and disseminate innovative, rigorous, collaborative faculty research in education and applied psychology that advances social justice as it informs the work of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners.

The three faculty research initiatives featured below exemplify our vision and mission. Each focuses on fostering academic and social development and enhancing life opportunities among young people and families, especially those living in poverty. The work has clear significance and relevance for educational practice and social policy.

These are just a few of the highlights of the superb work our faculty scholars are now pursuing. It is our hope that the outcomes of this research, in the spirit of our school’s strategic vision, will both expand the human imagination and make the world more just.

Mike Barnett

Growing interest: Teaching STEM to urban teens

Even as he was accepting the prestigious Carnegie Foundation Massachusetts Teacher of the Year award in Washington, D.C., last November, Michael Barnett was eager to get back to Boston. One of his singular hands-on science education programs—teaching public high school students to grow hydroponic fruits and vegetables and then sell them at farmers’ markets in underserved areas of the city—had launched the day before. Read more »

Rebekah Levine Coley

Research, policy, and practice to curb poverty’s reach

For the last 16 years, Professor Rebekah Levine Coley has explored how poverty affects the development of children and adolescents from multiple perspectives: welfare and work, family structure and parenting, involvement of fathers, risk behaviors among youth, and access to low-income housing, child care, and early childhood education. Read more »

Mary Walsh

Closing the opportunity gap with data, systems, and support

“Teachers cannot do the work of counselors and social workers,” educators told Mary Walsh when she inquired many years ago about how schools were addressing the out-of- school challenges of students living in poverty. Along with these educators, Walsh recognized that factors such as homelessness, inadequate health care, and community violence may seriously affect academic achievement. Over the past 15 years, Professor Mary Walsh has led the development of an organized approach to addressing these and other barriers that interfere with students’ ability to learn and succeed in school. Read more »