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Winship Elementary Honored as National Blue Ribbon School for Excellence in Student Achievement

Winship Is First BPS School Selected for Honor Since 2013 

September 23, 2021 — The F. Lyman Winship Elementary School in Brighton was selected by the United States Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School, highlighted for their excellence in student achievement. The Winship School is one of eight BPS schools to earn the national Blue Ribbon School honor in the history of the program.
The Winship was celebrated as a Blue Ribbon School for its sharp focus on cultivating students' identities, interests, and strengths in and outside the classroom.
“I am excited to congratulate the entire Winship School community for this tremendous honor. I am so proud of their work and so pleased that they are receiving this national recognition,” said Boston Mayor Kim Janey. “We know there is excellence in all of our schools and awards like this help to showcase the talent, commitment, and devotion of our teachers and the many accomplishments of our students.”
Over the past four years, the entire Winship community has unified around a vision to cultivate student-centered learning environments that demand rigor, meet students' needs, and guide students in becoming critical thinkers and problem solvers. They accomplish this by:
  1. closely examining student work and student data to improve engagement and achievement;
  2. designing professional learning around culturally responsive practices that reflect and affirm the linguistic and cultural diversity of our students; and 
  3. sharing best practices and aligning classroom practices that are rigorous, student-centered, and engaging.
“I congratulate the students, families, teachers, and school leadership at the Winship for this great national honor. It is no surprise as they were recently named EdVestors’ School on the Move. And now, they are being honored nationally as one of the nation’s best. They earned this recognition through a deep commitment to meeting students where they are, supporting their teachers, and keeping their families authentically engaged,” said Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. “I look forward to celebrating this news with the entire Winship community and keeping up the progress this year. It is great to see a Boston public school representing Massachusetts and excelling. It is our intent to add more to this list as we implement the BPS strategic plan and strive toward greater equity and excellence.”
“This recognition is a celebration of the Winship community’s commitment to partnering with students, families, and community agencies to help every student recognize their beauty and brilliance and to ensure every child gets what they need to thrive in the classroom and beyond,” said Winship School Principal Brian Radley. “Moreover, this award is a testament to the Winship community’s commitment to continual improvement, to the leadership of former principal, Mona Ford Walker, and our amazing teacher-leaders and team. I am so proud of our community!”
Former Principal Ford Walker said, “This recognition is a testament to the hard work of the Winship School community to ensure a high-quality student-centered learning experience for all children. This is a direct result of the hard work of teachers, staff, families and community partners to create a learning environment that meets the needs of all learners, focuses on engaging all learners and that supports all in reaching their infinite potential.”  
The Winship School community has strong collaboration around student achievement as demonstrated by the engagement of its scholars, committed families, dedicated staff, and collaborative principal. It is a true distributive leadership model where every member of the school community’s contribution is uplifted and critical. The Winship also displays an openness and generosity towards others beyond their school.
Last year, the Winship earned the Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move Prize, awarded annually by local school improvement nonprofit EdVestors for schools demonstrating great progress in accelerating student achievement and closing opportunity gaps.
“This is great news for the Winship School and the entire BPS family. I commend the Winship school community for their efforts to focus on developing students and teachers and keeping families at the center of their work,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Jeri Robinson.
The Winship is one of five schools in Massachusetts and one of 325 nation-wide to earn the honor this year.

About Boston Public Schools

The Boston Public Schools (BPS), the birthplace of public education in the United States, serves more than 52,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 122 schools. BPS is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools. We partner with the community, families, and students to develop in every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life.