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Colloquia Newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Colloquia, a semiannual e-newsletter for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education at Boston College. We chose the title Colloquia because it connotes a place where people gather to share ideas and knowledge. My hope is that this e-newsletter will not only inform you about the Lynch School but also serve as a forum for communication within our broader community.
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Making a Difference in Boston Public Schools
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A helping hand

BostonConnects links students with support in the community
BostonConnects, a program that links students in schools with support services in the community, has received $9.2 million in new grant money, allowing it to expand from nine to 14 elementary schools in Boston. BostonConnects, directed by Professor Mary Walsh, screens students to identify if nonacademic factors are affecting their classroom performance, then links those students with support services such as after-school programs, mentoring, tutoring, or health care. Read more »


Center releases results of international literacy study

In early February, the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at the Lynch School of Education released the results of the 2006 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Forty countries participated in the study, which measures achievement in reading comprehension among fourth graders and is conducted every five years. In each country, roughly 4,000 students are tested in 150 to 200 schools, based on strict sampling procedures to ensure a representative picture of the population. Read more »


Faculty news

On Thursday, April 24, 2008, Dean O'Keefe spoke at the White House Summit on Inner-City Children and Faith-Based Schools. Read more »

Associate Professor David Scanlon has been named as a Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities.

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Alumni notes

J. Keith Motley Ph.D.'99 was named the new chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Read more »

Carmen Mariano Ph.D.'93, the first-ever president of Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, Massachusetts, was profiled in the Boston Globe. Read more »

Patricia Maguire Meservey Ph.D.'88 has been named the president of Salem State College in Massachusetts. Read more »

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