Emerging Best Practices- Summer 2017

On May 10, 2017, the Boston Public Schools’ Office of Equity partnered with the Boston Educational Development Foundation to host, “Emerging Best Practices: Preventing and Addressing Bias-Based Incidents in Schools,” a one-day statewide conference for district and school administrators. After a recent spike in bias-based incidents in Massachusetts schools, the conference offered educators strategies to address incidents through effective investigation and intervention, prevent future incidents, and initiate and sustain institutional change regarding broader inequities.

Over 180 superintendents, assistant and deputy superintendents, principals, students, and other school and district leaders attended the conference at the Babson College downtown campus. Speakers included Mayor Marty Walsh, Superintendent Tommy Chang, Conrado Santos of the Student Immigrant Movement, members of the BPS Office of Equity and Office of the Opportunity and Achievement Gap, representatives from model programs at school districts across the state, and leaders of bias prevention programs partnering with schools, such as the Anti-Defamation League, Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, Our Restorative Justice, Suffolk University Center for Restorative Justice, and YWCA Boston.