Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Jennifer Dines, M.Ed., CAS, NBCT
My name is Jennifer Dines, and I am the Special Education and Student Services Coordinator at GPA.
My work as a Boston educator began as a music teacher at the Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester’s Savin Hill neighborhood, and I am proud of my nearly fifteen years of experience with and dedication to serving the children and families of Boston as an after-school teacher, substitute teacher, paraprofessional, and middle school special education teacher.
As an educator, I have always worked diligently at improving my practice. I lived in the Dominican Republic for three summers (2008-2010) as a volunteer for the Mariposa DR Foundation in order to improve my abilities to communicate with Spanish-speaking families. In August of 2013, I graduated with a Reading Specialist certificate from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, one of only nine American programs recognized by the International Dyslexia Association, in order to increase my capacity to address student needs in reading and writing. Additionally, in January of 2014, I was awarded a citation by the City of Boston and the Boston Public Schools for achieving my National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in English as a New Language.
In leading the GPA community’s inclusion program, I aim to build upon GPA’s core values of GPA by developing an academic program in which students and educators:
- are committed to academic achievement in spite of individual, social, and political obstacles.
- demonstrate respect for one another’s identities, cultures, languages, and learning.
- communicate with honesty about personal, academic, and community strengths and goals.
- take responsibility for monitoring and managing their own learning and development.
- show caring for themselves and their community through their words and deeds.
I recognize that parents and students are the center of an inclusive school community, and my professional goals are to ensure each child’s academic, social-emotional, and behavioral success by:
- working towards 100% parent and student participation in IEP and 504 meetings by strategizing with our team of learning specialists. In the 2015-2016 school year, we increased participation by supporting students in attending IEP meetings, increasing home-school communication, and having children create hand-made invitations for their families.
- providing individualized instructional coaching and professional development to GPA staff that includes support with strategies related to quality literacy instruction across the curriculum, Universal Design for Learning, English Language Learners, arts integration, and behavioral supports and expectations.
I am honored to be a member of the Gardner Pilot Academy’s diverse and energetic community, and I look forward to celebrating many achievements together in the years to come. I welcome your input through visits to Room 39, telephone calls to (617)635-8365, and e-mails to email@example.com.