Join the conversation and learn more about the current state of public education in America and how you can help not only address the challenges brought on by the pandemic, but also leverage this time to drive lasting social change
The COVID-19 pandemic and school closures have exacerbated the inequities that plague our current education system. While the lives of all students, parents, and educators have been upended by the closures, their challenges look vastly different from community to community. Even before this crisis, our public schools operated in silos that are still largely segregated by race and class. The pandemic has highlighted an urgent need for improved access to technology and engaging, culturally relevant digital content specifically designed to support students of color in under-resourced communities.
So how do we work together to leverage technology and entrepreneurial thinking to turn the current crisis into opportunity? How do we reimagine education to promote greater equity, access, and opportunity for all students so they are prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing digital world during COVID and beyond?
We invite you to join us on February 17th for a conversation to learn more about the future of education and how a cross-sector network of 40+ education leaders have come together to drive systems-level change to advance racial and economic equity by building Campus Without Walls*.
Ayele Shakur is the CEO of BUILD.org and brings over three decades of experience as an innovator in urban education. Before becoming CEO in 2018, Ayele served as the founding Regional Executive Director for BUILD Boston for seven years. Prior to BUILD, she was President and CEO of the Boston Learning Center. A veteran classroom educator, Ayele taught for 11 years in the Los Angeles area and in the Boston Public Schools, and co-authored the book Boost School Performance – A Parent’s Guide to Better Grades Fast.
From 2014-16, she served as Chairwoman for the Boston NAACP Education Committee, and in 2018 became part of the GK100 Most Influential Black Bostonians. From 2015 to present, she has co-chaired the Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Task Force for the Boston Public Schools. She is currently Co-Chair for Open Opportunity – Massachusetts, a cross-sector network of 40+ education leaders focused on driving systems level change to advance racial and economic equity.
Ayele is a motivational speaker whose writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Hill, WBUR, Commonwealth, and Entrepreneur Magazine. A native of Boston, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Boston University and a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Lindsa McIntyre is a High School Superintendent for Boston Public Schools. Formerly she worked as the headmaster of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School and was named the 2019 Massachusetts High School Principal of the Year. Fondly known as “Ms. Mac,” Lindsa began her teaching career at the Burke in the center of the “Circle of Promise” neighborhood of Roxbury and Dorchester. Under her leadership, and through a commitment to social justice, equity, and access to quality education for all students, the Burke became the first high school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to exit Turnaround status in 2014. Her experience includes work in alternative education as the founding leader of Boston Day Academy. She recently completed her doctorate degree at Boston College and resides in Dorchester.
Jenise Gonzalez is the College & Career Access Coordinator of the BUILD Boston region. Prior to officially joining the BUILD team, Jenise served as an AmeriCorp Massachusetts Promise Fellow creating new college and career initiatives. A native of Boston, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Stonehill College and was the first person in her family to attend. Like the many students she has served at BUILD, Jenise is a Boston Public Schools alumna and is passionate about building community and empowering young people.
Campus Without Walls is a framework that leverages the power of public schools and technology to promote greater equity, access, opportunity, and liberation for all students. Through a statewide cross-sector collaboration of schools, universities, employers, nonprofits and out-of-school-time providers, CWW will deliver a 21st Century education that is meaningful, student-centered, relevant and rigorous using a blended, digitally mediated approach (both virtual and in person). The goal is for all students to be intrinsically motivated, gain greater access, and take full advantage of a wide range of learning opportunities that prepare them to thrive in a rapidly changing digital world during COVID and beyond.