As the calendar year comes to a close, it is common to reflect on the events of the past year as we move toward the new one. With the sudden and unexpected death of Carolyn Lynch from complications of leukemia on October 1, the Lynch School lost a great champion of education. Carolyn and her husband Peter Lynch ’65 were among the School’s most magnanimous supporters and our school bears their names in recognition of their generosity. Her spirit, vision, and philanthropy strengthened our ability to prepare exceptional professionals in education and applied psychology.
At a November 23 Lynch School symposium, Anthony Bryk ’70, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, used the transformation of New York City’s water supply over two centuries into one of the world’s largest, most successful municipal water systems as a metaphor for efforts to improve education today. The national education landscape is beset by “a lot of different, fragmented efforts to solve a really big problem … [and] seemingly unable to make these systems work with the quality and scale we seek,” said Bryk.
Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston Kathleen Power Mears is optimistic about meeting the challenges confronting the school system, she told an October 5 Lynch School symposium. “Part of the new evangelization is simply reaching out and inviting people to join us. We need to do that,” Mears said.
Nine educators from Norway and 23 Lynch School faculty and graduate students gathered at Boston College’s Connelly House in late October to compare, contrast, and look to the future of education systems in Norway, the United States, and the world at large. The Lynch School, Norway’s University of Agder, and the Journal of Educational Change cosponsored the two-day conference, which was hosted by Lynch School Professor Dennis Shirley, who is editor-in-chief of the Journal. Shirley introduced the conference and spoke of what he called the strengths of Norway’s education system. In contrast to the global trend toward testing and standardization, Norway emphasizes the development of the whole child and quality of life. “Children like school, they like their educators; it’s humanistic,” Shirley said.
“One of the benefits of working as a school counselor is I’m able to work with students one-on-one, which allows me to really get to know them. Students feel comfortable coming to me and putting their trust in me with whatever issues may arise, so we can work on them together.”
—Alyse DiLuzio, M.A. ’11
School Counseling Department Head, Framingham High School
“My Urban Catholic Teacher Corps assignment was teaching seventh- and eighth-grade English and social studies. I connected with BC professors and said, ‘I’ve never taught English before,’ and I was able to go to BC’s educational resource center and get materials that would be effective. I had a great vision of what I wanted to teach and BC helped me fulfill it.”
—Eric Mendoza, M.A. '09; Urban Catholic Teacher Corps
History and Spanish Teacher, BC High
Professor Michael Barnett attended the first-ever White House Summit on Next-Generation High Schools in November, where he joined officials from schools, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to discuss preparing high school students with skills for college and careers. The day before the summit, Barnett and other leading science education researchers met at a National Science Foundation (NSF) forum to discuss advances in secondary science and math education. Barnett presented Urban HydroFarmers, an NSF-funded initiative developed with Professor David Blustein and Director of Urban Outreach Initiatives Catherine Wong.
Cawthorne Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Academy in Education for a four-year term. Cochran-Smith and Lynch School doctoral students gave the keynote address, “Fixing Teacher Education: Current and Future Directions,” at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in October.
Nelson Chair Anderson J. Franklin presented “The Vital Role of Out-of-School-Time Programs for Black Male Education and Development” at the fourth annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, which took place in Kingston, Jamaica, in October.
Alex Truesdell, M.Ed. ’82, a pioneer in adaptive design, was one of 24 recipients of a 2015 “genius grant” award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Natalie DiFusco-Funk ’03, M.Ed. ’08, was named the 2016 Virginia Teacher of the Year. The fifth-grade teacher will now be the state’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year honors.
Doctoral student Lindsa McIntyre, M.Ed. ’96, Lynch Leadership Academy Fellow ’13, accepted the School on the Move award on behalf of Jeremiah E. Burke High School, where she is the principal. The award recognizes the city of Boston’s most improved school and includes a $100,000 prize. Marjorie Soto, Lynch Leadership Academy Fellow ’14, is principal of three-time School on the Move finalist Hurley Dual Language School, which received a $25,000 award for sustained improvement.
Tommy Chang, superintendent, Boston Public Schools
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Yawkey Center, Murray Room
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