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Excellence For All Initiative Showcases Year-End Student Research Projects at WGBH Studios
Excellence for All Initiative Expands Access to More Challenging Curriculum and Enrichment Experiences for Marginalized Students
Excellence for All (EFA), an initiative of the Boston Public Schools (BPS), partnered with WGBH for the end-of-year EFA Capstone Showcase at WGBH Studios in Brighton on Friday, June 14. The event highlighted BPS’s efforts to close opportunity gaps in elementary and middle schools. The showcase featured introductory speakers, a student panel, and student exhibitions, all of which focused on students’ passion for solving issues they’ve identified in their communities and beyond. Selected EFA students demonstrated their work to BPS and WGBH leadership as well as other community leaders. The projects captured the thoughtfulness, innovation, and in-depth inquiry that serve as the foundation of the EFA capstone project. Sample project topics included affordable housing, cancer awareness, immigration, mass incarceration, and natural disasters. Near the end of the event, each student walked across the stage to receive an Award of Excellence from WGBH.
Featured speakers at the event included Jon Abbott, President & CEO of WGBH; Dr. Regine Philippeaux-Pierre, Senior Director of EFA; and BPS Interim Superintendent Laura Perille. Edith Bazile, a Boston native and President of the Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts, delivered the keynote speech.
“EFA is an equity initiative focused on closing the opportunity gaps for our most marginalized children in schools. These opportunity gaps are contributing factors to the problematic achievement gaps we often hear about,” said Dr. Regine Philippeaux-Pierre, the Senior Director of the Excellence for All initiative, a program in the Office of Opportunity Gaps.
Working in partnership with educators, researchers, and communities, the WGBH Education Department develops resources aimed at supporting healthy development and educational impact for children and youth, with a particular focus on underserved youth and the adults who teach and care for them. Through PBS LearningMedia, PBS and member station WGBH reach 1 million Pre-K-12 educators each month with compelling, standards-aligned, free, educational media resources.
“We are honored to partner with Excellence for All and the Boston Public Schools to host the Capstone Showcase and look forward to sharing the incredible work these students have accomplished over the past year,” said Seeta Pai, Executive Director of Education at WGBH.
About the Boston Public Schools Office of Opportunity Gaps
The Office of Opportunity Gaps builds capacity and provides the vision, innovations, and supports the district and its individual schools need to foster opportunities for marginalized students (Black, Latino, English Learners, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged) to flourish and close gaps in proficiency across all areas of their education. For more info about the work of EFA, please visit their website at www.bit.ly/BPSefa.
WGBH is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of digital content and programs for public radio through PRI/PRX, including The World and Innovation Hub; a leader in educational multimedia with PBS LearningMedia™ providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content; and a pioneer in services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.