Superintendent Johnson outlines the district’s strategic plan to address non-academic barriers to student success
BOSTON — More than 250 community leaders – including educators, parents, health providers, non-profit partners, elected officials, and funders – gathered at the Boston Public Library today to address strategies for eliminating health disparities and closing achievement gaps in the Boston Public Schools.
The forum, hosted by the BPS Health and Wellness Task Force, featured a keynote address by Dr. Charles Basch from Columbia University Teachers College. Dr. Basch’s remarks, titled “Healthier Students are Better Learners: A Missing Link in School Reform,” highlighted the importance of nutrition, physical activity, mental health services, and other factors to ensure strong academic performance.
BPS Superintendent Dr. Carol R. Johnson presented an update on “Healthy Connections,” the district’s new strategic plan for health and wellness. She underscored the need to address non-academic barriers to learning – such as obesity, teen pregnancy, vision problems, mental health issues, and asthma – to prepare all students for college and career success after high school.