Gina Desir

I was so happy to catch up with Gina Desir (PSi 5, ‘21) the other day. She is now an instructional coach with the department of multilingual learners. “It’s a big transition from having my own classroom to coaching others,” she told me. She is responsible for teachers...

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Deeper Learning – Thinking “outside” in every way

After two and a half years of Covid school, it was a joy to gather outside and in person and NOT talk about learning loss or how many students or teachers were absent today, but to experience sustained learning in what we called “Deep Dives.”  Day 1 of Deeper...

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A New Boston Arts Academy

By Linda F. Nathan, Founding Headmaster Linda Nathan In 1998, I was the founding Headmaster of Boston Arts Academy.  The first time I entered the building with hip boots and a hardhat. The paint on the walls of 174 Ipswich Street was barely dry and wires poked...

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Perspective, Perspective, Perspective:  PSi August Intensive

Our 8th cohort of the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership at Hale (PSi) just finished our August Intensive. We introduced, co-created, and began to explore our 7 PSi domains (ethics, informed instruction, antiracism, community mobilization, continuous...

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Reflecting on PSi 6 2022: Power, Passion, and Persistence — and why I’m proud!

I keep looking at the photo that I keep on my desktop, the wide smiles and expressions of joy. These new PSi alums—who had just stepped away for a moment from a celebration with family and friends to pose for this group portrait—are proud of their accomplishments. So...

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Kendwy Valdez PSi Cohort5

Good News Update: Kendwy Valdez I called Kendwy a few months ago to check in. Just an easy question… Me: What's going on?  Kendwy: Oh my gosh… two positions got posted, and it didn’t cross my mind to go for either. I’ve been working in the dual language program,...

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Paulina Mitropoulos meets PSi 6

Paulina Mitropoulos is the incoming Director of Multilingual Learner Education as of July 1 for the Somerville Public Schools. Previously, Paulina worked for the Boston Public Schools in two leadership roles: Leader of Teaching and Learning at the Rafael Hernández...

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Carmen: Friend, Colleague, Creative Disruptor

“Caminante no hay camino; se hace el camino al andar.” We both loved those verses from Antonio Machado.  We have traveled and invented so many paths together. I am grateful to have had Carmen in my life for so many years. We called each other sisters from...

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