We’re celebrating 30 years of student success!

10.02.14 By Jesse Solomon

The year was 1984. Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics defeated the Lakers in a seven-game NBA Championship. Cheers won its second Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series. The first Apple Macintosh computer was sold. Michael Jackson’s Thriller album topped the charts. A gallon of gas cost $1.10.

And the Boston Plan for Excellence was born.

Today, we are excited to launch a celebration of BPE’s 30 years of partnership with the Boston Public Schools!

In 1984, the First National Bank of Boston (now Bank of America) established a local education foundation to foster improvement in the city’s public schools. The Boston Foundation, a major early and continuing funder, housed and staffed what was known as the Boston Plan for Excellence for its first dozen years. At its outset, the Boston Plan for Excellence awarded college scholarships to Boston Public Schools graduates and mini-grants to individual teachers for innovative classroom projects.

Three decades later, we are BPE, and we have many accomplishments to celebrate and reasons to be proud. Today, we are more committed than ever to achieving our mission: exceptional outcomes for all students by developing great teachers and great schools. Or, as we like to say: Student success. Nothing less.

We invite you to join us over the next year to learn and share lessons from the past 30 years, culminating in our rigorous focus on the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School and the Boston Teacher Residency. We’ll honor great programs like the Dudley Promise Corps, Principal Partners, Fund for Teachers, and other BPE initiatives that have supported countless Boston Public Schools educators and students.

Above all, we want to say “thank you” to tremendous partners like you who have been instrumental in shaping the BPE of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Please visit the 30th Anniversary page of our website or read our press release to learn more about our history, our work today, and the community activities and events we’re planning in the months ahead.

We look forward to celebrating with you!


Jesse Solomon
Executive Director

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11:09 AM
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To Jesse, BPE staff, and board,
I want to congratulate you on BPE’s 30th anniversary and the history of work and leadership you all have modeled over the years.  From Wendy Puriefoy, Ellen Guiney and you, from the many committed staff and board members, and to the community of Boston, your work has made good on the Ford Foundation’s original belief that local education funds lead, sustain, broker, research, and practice sensible education improvements.  As a result, Boston’s children have been the major beneficiary.  You provide the pillar of hope that the community matters, and that intermediaries play an essential role in keeping equity and excellence alive.  Congratulations.


03:49 PM
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Those of us present in 1984 are pleased that the Boston Plan lives and produces teachers and brings civic leaders into the schools each year.  -Joe Cronin, former board member, former chair.

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