SCHOOLS AND CHURCH PARTNERSHIPS
Currently in our country and city, the quality and access to educational opportunities vary depending on the zip code that one lives in. In light of educational inequity, what can Christians and churches do? What role can church-school partnerships play in the collaborative efforts to affect change in the public education landscape? How do church-school partnerships bring about personal transformations in and through us? We will hear Ruth Wong, the director of the Boston Education Collaborative at Emmanuel Gospel Center, share about the work of church-school partnerships in Boston. We will also hear from two Boston Public School (BPS) leaders. Wilson Santos, the Supervisor of Attendance for BPS, will share about one of the district's initiatives. Mary Fran McAuliffe is the Director of Inclusion and Instruction at the Henderson K-12 Inclusion School and had previously partnered closely with Symphony Church at the Jackson/Mann K-8 School before it was closed this past June.
How can the church partner with our schools?
What are the key factors that help children flourish in their education?
How can the church help create education equity?
What does it look like for a church to serve a school community?
THE HENDERSON INCLUSION K-12
BOSTON EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE
EMMANUEL GOSPEL CENTER
PASTOR REGGIE SMALLS
BETHEL PENTECOSTAL CHURCH
FACILITATOR AND PRESENTERS
MARY FRAN MCAULIFFE
Mary Fran McAuliffe began her educational career over twenty years ago in Boston Public Schools as an elementary teacher and science specialist. She became an assistant principal at The Jackson Mann in 2017 and has recently joined the Henderson Inclusion School K-12 as the Director of Special Education. Along the way she has served as adjunct Faculty at Boston College, worked as a BPS New Teacher Developer and led the Jackson Mann early childhood team to a NAEYC provisional accreditation. Additionally, she led a 4 year school initiative focused on equitable literacy and implemented a school wide Restorative Justice Practice model K-8. Mary Fran McAuliffe is committed to a fully inclusive learning model for all students as well supporting and retaining urban educators.
A former high school physics teacher, Ruth directs the Boston Education Collaborative to support, convene, and mobilize churches and leaders as they seek to empower underserved urban students with the education they need for transformation—in their lives and in their communities. Passionate about nurturing partnerships and creating learning communities for churches and leaders across racial, socio-economic, and denominational lines, Ruth primarily builds church-school partnerships and neighborhood collaborations in Boston and Cambridge. Every summer, she also teaches at a STEM program at MIT for high school students. She enjoys watching sports, connecting with her Asian roots, and traveling with her husband.