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A helping hand

A helping hand

collaborative fellows making a difference in the community

With nearly 60 community partnerships across the globe, Lynch School faculty are known for and committed to applying their research to make a difference in the lives of children. Students and faculty across the University work with school and community professionals in teams that engage in education, community outreach, scholarship, and service delivery.

One such faculty member, Dennis Shirley (a professor in the Teacher Education Department), has co-authored a new book entitled The Mindful Teacher with Elizabeth MacDonald (a second grade teacher at Garfield Elementary in Brighton, Mass.). This book discusses the Mindful Teacher Collaborative Fellows project, a seminar that explores inquiry and reflection for teachers in the Boston Public School system. It will be published by Teachers College Press in August 2009.

The Mindful Teacher Collaborative Fellows project was funded with an original grant of $150,000 in 2005 and received an additional $150,000 three-year grant in 2008, which enabled this seminar to be offered to teachers at the Russell Elementary School in Dorchester, Mass. This project is one of 16 funded since 1999 by the Collaborative Fellows Program—created to support Lynch School faculty and graduate student partnerships with Boston Public Schools and to improve educational practice and curriculum in the Lynch School and Boston Public Schools. Of the eighteen Boston Public Schools partnered with Lynch School faculty through the program, one was a preschool, nine were elementary schools, two were middle schools, and four were high schools.

The Collaborative Fellows Program exemplifies the commitment of Lynch School scholar practitioners to make a real and lasting difference in the community. To learn more about this program, please review the recently published report entitled “The Collaborative Fellows Program: A Historical Review.”

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