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Substantial Gains in MCAS for East Boston High and Northeast Metro Tech

Substantial Gains in MCAS for East Boston High and Northeast Metro Tech

October 27, 2022

Bucking the downward trend

OCTOBER 2022 PODCAST - - This month’s podcast celebrates the MCAS results of two JFYNetWorks Partner schools: East Boston High School, an open enrollment Boston Public School, and Northeast Metro Tech, located in Wakefield and serving students from 11 surrounding communities. We feature JFY’s own Cathie Maglio and Joan Reissman as they discuss how both schools posted substantial gains in ELA and in math compared to state averages.

East Boston High School is an open enrollment school in the Boston Public Schools with a very diverse student body. 75% of Eastie’s students do not have English as their first language, 82% are low income, and 93% are classified as high needs. (The state’s percentages are 24% first language not English, 44% low-income, and 56% high needs.) With 985 9th -12th graders, plus 107 7th graders, East Boston is the city’s largest open enrollment school. JFY has been working in East Boston High since 2015. On the 10th grade MCAS, the school made substantial gains in both subjects, far exceeding both the state and the Boston school district.

Eastie gained 10 points in ELA and 15 points in math from ’21 to ’22, while the state declined 6 points and 2 points. The Boston Public Schools, including the three high-scoring exam schools, gained 2 points in ELA and 3 points in math. The Boston Public Schools are 48% first language not English, 71% low income, and 81.5% high needs.

Northeast Metro Tech is a regional vocational school that serves 11 communities north of Boston including Chelsea, Malden and Revere. The school has more than 1300 students. JFY began working in the school in 2018. Northeast Metro gained 18 points in English and 12 points in math, while the state declined 6 points and 2 points.

Ref: Blog post, 10/13/22, East Boston High and Northeast Metro Tech buck MCAS Downward Trend, https://jfynet.org/8881/general/east-boston-h-s-and-northeast-metro-tech-buck-mcas-downward-trend/

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Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

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JFYNetWorks Sits down With Hubie Jones Part II

JFYNetWorks Sits down With Hubie Jones Part II

September 28, 2022

A leader in the formation of countless community organizations

SEPTEMBER 2022 PODCAST - - This month, JFYNetWorks continues our conversation with Hubie Jones. Hubie has not only witnessed Boston history for 67 years-- he has also shaped and defined the civic and social landscape. He has been a leader in the formation of at least thirty community organizations in neighborhoods across the city, most recently Higher Ground and the Boston Children’s Chorus.

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MORE ABOUT JFYNetWorks

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

JFY Highlight podcast part 2 – focus on Boston History

JFY Highlight podcast part 2 – focus on Boston History

August 25, 2022

JFY Highlight podcast part 2 – Boston History, a focus on education, civil rights, and social services

AUGUST 2022 PODCAST - - This month’s podcast is the second installment of highlights from the past year, focusing on Boston history. Today you’ll hear excerpts from our conversations with civil rights leader Hubie Jones and his re-creation of a citywide daylong strike in Boston; Higher Ground Executive Director Mossik Hacobian and his collaborative strategy for bringing vital social services to families in need; and JFY Board of Directors Chairman Otis Gates and his 4-decade reflections on how JFY has been woven into the historic fabric of Boston. We also feature a preview of our September podcast.


MORE ABOUT JFYNetWorks

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

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JFY Highlight Podcast with Students, Teachers, and Pioneers in Education

JFY Highlight Podcast with Students, Teachers, and Pioneers in Education

July 27, 2022

Students at Needham High School, Dr. John Brown, Michael Horn, Isa Zimmerman, and Ed Lambert

JULY 2022 PODCAST - - This month’s podcast features highlights from our podcasts during the past year, focusing on educational topics. Today you’ll hear excerpts from our conversations with Bayley, Jason, and Jack (students at Needham High School), Dr. John Brown, Michael Horn, Isa Zimmerman, and Ed Lambert as they discuss returning to the classroom at the start of the school year, the need for teachers to listen to their students, the importance of both individualized student learning and learning outside of the classroom and how MCAS may not be perfect but does measure if students have necessary skills to ensure success after high school. If you missed these or any of our podcasts, you can always find the full episodes wherever podcasts are available and on our website.


MORE ABOUT JFYNetWorks

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

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JFY Chats with Ed Lambert about the status, challenges of our educational system

JFY Chats with Ed Lambert about the status, challenges of our educational system

June 30, 2022

JFY Chats with Ed Lambert to chat about the status, challenges of our educational system.

JUNE 2022 PODCAST - One might assume that Ed Lambert, the executive director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, was a career-long denizen of the business world. But that assumption would be far from the truth. In fact, Ed’s career has traced a long trajectory of public service and education, giving him deep insight into the entire educational system and its political foundations, and broad experience of what needs to be done to ensure that all students acquire the necessary skills to succeed in life. This month’s podcast features a recent conversation between Ed and JFY’s Executive Director Gary Kaplan as they discuss Ed’s wide-ranging experiences and how they have shaped his unique perspective on the status and challenges of our educational system.


MORE ABOUT JFYNetWorks

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

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Hubie Jones Visits with JFY’s Gary Kaplan for a Sit Down

Hubie Jones Visits with JFY’s Gary Kaplan for a Sit Down

May 26, 2022

Taking an active role in history making events.

MAY 2022 PODCAST It’s hard to believe one man has had such an influence on Boston’s civic and social landscape. A leader of reform in Boston politics and civic leadership since his arrival from New York in 1955, Hubie Jones has been involved in the creation of more than 30 community organizations, spearheaded the laws that guarantee educational rights for English language learners and special education students, led a major study of the Boston Public Schools, organized a citywide strike of Black workers, and founded the Boston Children’s Chorus—to cull only a few of his achievements.

This month, the JFYNetWorks podcast continues our focus on history with a conversation between Hubie Jones and JFY's Executive Director Gary Kaplan. In this podcast, Hubie recounts some of the history he not only witnessed but played an active role in creating.


MORE ABOUT JFYNetWorks

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

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JFY Chats with Quincy College Professor Steve Dooner

JFY Chats with Quincy College Professor Steve Dooner

April 27, 2022

The link between history, literature and our world view.

APRIL 2022 PODCAST Do the winners really get to write history? Quincy College Professor Steve Dooner does not think so and explains why on the April edition of the JFYNetWorks Podcast, which features the link between history, literature and our world view. Professor Dooner recently directed and appeared in a performance of the play The Audience by Peter Morgan, which was the inspiration for the Netflix hit series The Crown. He is also the co-author of Lizzie of Fall River, a play that explores the brutal 1892 murders of Andrew and Abby Borden in in Fall River. Our conversation explores how history is written, why some only hear the version of news and history they want to hear and how science has an impact on the lens we use to view historic events.


MORE ABOUT JFYNetWorks

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

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JFY Chats with Isa Zimmerman, a Pioneer in Bringing Technology to Schools.

JFY Chats with Isa Zimmerman, a Pioneer in Bringing Technology to Schools.

March 9, 2022

Sharing the early challenges of bringing technology to schools, and envisioning its future there

MARCH 2022 PODCAST This month’s podcast features Isa Zimmerman, the principal of IKZ Advisors, LLC, where she serves as a resource for people in MA, and around the world, who are interested in STEM education. She served two terms on Governor Deval Patrick’s STEM Advisory Council and is the co-editor and contributor to two books published by the Massachusetts affiliate of ASCD. As principal and superintendent, Isa was a pioneer in bringing technology to schools for instruction and productivity in MA and started the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Technology Task Force.


MORE ABOUT JFYNetWorks

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

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JFY Chats with Michael Horn about Blended Learning and Future of Technology in Education

JFY Chats with Michael Horn about Blended Learning and Future of Technology in Education

January 26, 2022

JANUARY 2022 PODCAST This month’s podcast features a conversation between JFY Executive Director Gary Kaplan and Michael Horn, author, speaker, and Distinguished Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, discussing blended learning and the future of technology in education. Michael is the author and co-author of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning classic Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns with Clayton Christensen, and the Amazon bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. He was named by Tech&Learning magazine one of the most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education.

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MORE ABOUT JFYNetWorks

Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

 

JFYNetWorks Chats with Board Members, Otis Gates, Kevin Macdonald, Susan Dunningan

JFYNetWorks Chats with Board Members, Otis Gates, Kevin Macdonald, Susan Dunningan

December 16, 2021

DECEMBER 2021 PODCAST This month's podcast features members of the JFYNetWorks Board of Directors, who come from a variety of backgrounds and provide their insight and expertise to staff. Their dedication to JFYNetWorks adds up to over 75 combined years of service. Chairman Otis Gates, along with Treasurer Kevin Macdonald and Secretary Susan Dunningan, discuss with Executive Director Gary Kaplan the origins of JFY, how each came to be part of the organization, and their thoughts about the future of JFYNetWorks as an innovator in the volatile world of educational technology.

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Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the college readiness disconnect by providing focused blended, hybrid and remote learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter college or technical training earning academic credit. The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing specialized online content into the regular curriculum — also facilitates scalability, as the low cost of the online platform can easily be expanded to entire schools.

To learn more visit JFYNet.org

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