Every fall, as I watch our new students begin to focus their passion and prepare for their life’s work, I’m reminded again that what we do here at the Lynch School of Education will ripple out and touch many lives.
At a time of continual demographic change in America’s schools, English-language learning (ELL) education, policy, and practice are pressing national concerns. The Lynch School of Education at Boston College, which recognized the emerging need for quality ELL instruction some 15 years ago, has been building its ELL program intentionally since. (Pictured: Professor Maria Estela Brisk with Tamara Blake, principal of the Russell Elementary School, Boston)
David Blustein grew up in a working class neighborhood in Queens, New York, the son of a sheet metal mechanic and department store clerk. “My mom used to tell me, ‘Your dad and I don’t have glamorous jobs, but we have a lot of dignity in what we do,’” says Blustein, a professor in the Lynch School of Education’s Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department. “That always stuck with me.
In mid-August, three weeks before he started his first year as a seventh-grade science teacher at the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, T.J. Manning, M.Ed. ’14, was bracing himself for a “daunting” transition. Hoping to glean a bit more expert advice and hone his classroom tools, he spent three days on campus at the New Teacher Academy, a professional conference developed by the Lynch School of Education to help beginning K-12 teachers hit the ground running. (Pictured: Sixth-grade math teacher Sean Guthrie, M.Ed. ’14, leads a session)
University President William P. Leahy, S.J., Boston College faculty, and local Catholic educators and supporters were on hand at a reception for the Archdiocese of Boston’s new superintendent of schools, Kathleen Power Mears.
Thomas More Brennan Chair Andy Hargreaves was appointed an advisor to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario, Canada.
Professor Lisa Goodman received the 2014 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, which recognizes educators who have inspired their former students to make significant contributions to society.
Kevin J. Crowley ’04, M.Ed. ’09, was selected as a semifinalist for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2015. He is a special education teacher at the Carter School, a Boston Public School for children with severe, intensive disabilities and complex health needs.
Sam Wan, M.A. ’00, Ph.D. ’07, was awarded a 2014 American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for his accomplishments as a Department of Veterans Affairs psychologist.
15th Annual Lynch School Fall Symposium
“Early Childhood: Looking Back and Moving Forward”
Joan Lombardi, M.Ed. ’73, Ph.D.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Boston College, Yawkey Center, Murray Room