A Boston Public Schools Strategy
An opportunity to reimagine schools and partnerships that offer liberating educational opportunities
that transform the lives and outcomes of our students, communities, and city.
What can happen in my Community School?
- Families and the community are empowered to be partners in what happens in the school
- Our school is a welcoming space filled with joy, love and community
- Students learn curriculum that honors and reflects their cultures and backgrounds
- All adults and leadership acknowledge racism and are anti-racist
- Programs at the school are integrated and aligned with the school community's wants and needs
- We grow together with Restorative & Healing practices
- Learning reflects students' assets and draws on their strengths
- There is a Community Hub School staff member to support our school community to transfer power to the people
- Our assets and opportunities are assessed annually
“Liberating education is the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."
― Paulo Freire
3 KEY COMPONENTS FOR LIBERATING EDUCATIONCritical Pedagogy
Educators engage students in learning by teaching in a way that relates to their real lives and honors their cultural identities.
Anti-Racist Adults and Leadership
Adults keep it real by building honest relationships with students, celebrating their cultures and identities, and addressing biases and privilege.
Anti-Racist Systems and Supports
Systems are designed to share power with students and families in decision-making processes. Partner organizations work to become intentionally anti-racist, multicultural institutions.
Did you know that Community Schools are a national equity strategy?
Research shows that community schools get results by implementing these four pillars:
- Integrated Student Supports that address in-and out-of-school factors through partnerships with social and health service providers
- Expanded Learning Time and Opportunities including out-of-school time programming, and additional academic support and enrichment
- Active Family and Community Engagement that integrate families/communities into the school as partners and also meets their needs
- Collaborative Leadership driven by collective trust, shared governance, and a culture of continuous improvement
“No type of pedagogy, however effective, can single-handledly remove the barriers of racism, discrimination, homophobia, segregation, islamophobia, homelessness, access to college, and concentrated poverty, but antiracist pedagogy combined with grassroots organizing can prepare students and their families to demand the impossible in the fight for eradicating these persistent and structural barriers”
― Dr. Bettina Love, We Want to Do More Than Survive (2019)