We began by asking a question:

What would happen if teachers could bring their out-of-school passion into their classrooms?

We launched Passion to Teach with a small pilot cohort of teachers during the 2018-19 school year. Over the course of the year, they reflected on what brings them joy outside of teaching, made plans to bring that to their students in a rigorous, meaningful, and fun way, and worked throughout the year on building and refining curriculum and offering new and varied ways to learn together with their students.

What we learned reinforced our hopes: this type of work is invigorating for teachers and students. When teachers are given the tools to “dream big,” they produce amazing projects that are both joyful and full of learning for students. Teachers relish the chance to form connections with colleagues from different schools who can both push their thinking and support their vision by bringing new perspectives and offering actionable feedback. Teachers also need time and space to plan, reflect, and take advantage of community-based resources across Boston that will enhance learning.

Does this sound interesting? Read on to learn more about the 2018-19 pilot of Passion to Teach. Begin your application here.

Meet some of the pilot cohort teachers:

Meet Mr. Forman, 5th Grade Teacher. “Tile of Project”

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Meet Ms. Molkentine, 2nd Grade Teacher, “Title of Project”

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