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New Strategic Plan in the Works for Worcester Schools

Scott O'Connell
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Fulfilling a request made more than a year ago by elected school officials and local research and policy groups, Superintendent Maureen Binienda on Friday announced her administration will develop a strategic plan for the district over the remainder of the year. The district will receive help with the project from the Rennie Center, a Boston-based education think tank, as well as several local organizations.

Worcester Public Schools Strategic Plan

Worcester News Tonight
Charter TV3

Worcester Public School is teaming up with an independent research firm in hopes of becoming Massachusetts' best urban district. The Rennie Center will be working with Worcester Public Schools to engage the community, analyze their data, and come up with a new strategic plan.

At Holyoke event, hands-on, real-world experience touted as path to employment

Jim Kinny
The Republican/MassLive

There will be a career fair this fall for Westfield's middle schools. But it won't be kids learning about what it takes to be a machinist, an engineer or an auto-body technician. It'll be their teachers.

Workforce Readiness in Western Massachusetts

Tamara Sacharczyk
WWLP 22News

Getting a job after school can be difficult, especially if you never learned the skills employers are looking for. Dozens of business and education leaders gathered at the Log Cabin Wednesday, for the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy’s Status of Education event.

Graduation rate hits 10-year high

Gerry Tuoti
Wicked Local

Increasing graduation rates and reducing dropouts is a critical piece of building a high-functioning public education system, and the state should be proud of the work it's done," said Chad d'Entremont.

Prioritizing Collaboration in a Time of Contention 

Chad d’Entremont, Geoff Marietta, and Emily Murphy Kaur
Voices in Education

While the factors driving current divisions among the voting public are myriad, a significant source of conflict has been our new president’s confrontational approach to leadership.

To Put America First, Start With Public Education

Nick Donohue
Medium

A recent poll [by the Rennie Center] found New Englanders overwhelmingly believe that students across the region are graduating unprepared for college or a career.
 

We Know How To Prepare Students For Life — Now, Let's Do It

Chad d'Entremont & Nick Donohue
WBUR's Edify

With a new education secretary comes new ideas and renewed discussion on how best to invest in the success of all children. As this discussion unfolds, we must look beyond narrow debates on school choice and vouchers in order to address an issue of much larger importance to our future: Are our schools preparing our children for life?...[Read More]

Leominster Center for Excellence garners high praise from Rennie Center

Peter Jasinski
Sentinel & Enterprise

The Leominster Center for Excellence was praised as a traditional education alternative "with very strong promise" in the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy's annual report on the condition of education throughout the state.

Brookline High School program highlighted as a model

Gerry Tuoti
The Brookline TAB

When aspiring teacher Chaurice McMillan was a student at Brookline High School, she initially struggled when problems at home had a negative effect on her performance in the classroom. But after the school's Alternative Choices in Education, or ACE, program provided her with a different pathway, she began to thrive...

Press Releases

SCHOOL DISTRICTS TEAM UP ON SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Nine Massachusetts school districts are joining forces to tackle issues like substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and bullying by addressing students’ social and emotional needs. Districts in the Excellence through Social-Emotional Learning (exSEL) Network will design new initiatives to help students develop skills like grit, persistence, empathy, and healthy decision-making.
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EDUCATION AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS WORKFORCE READINESS IN WESTERN MA

Education Secretary James Peyser, State Senator Eric Lesser, and the education and business communities to gather in Holyoke on May 10.
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NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS PROGRESS, AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT IN MASS. EDUCATION

The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy released its annual status report to an audience of nearly 300 state education leaders, legislators, and educators this morning. The Condition of Education in the Commonwealth report gives state leaders a clear view of student progress in Massachusetts while pointing to areas in need of continued improvement. 
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MASS. LEADERS TO GATHER FOR “STATE OF THE STATE” OF EDUCATION EVENT ON JAN. 19

The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy invites journalists to the release of the Condition of Education in the Commonwealth report. This annual status report looks at 25 statelevel indicators of school performance to illuminate areas of success and areas for continued improvement across the education pipeline.

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