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Letter from our Executive Director


       As we move farther into the year, we have taken some time to reflect on what 2016 will mean for us. We've decided that 2016 will be a year of new opportunities. Among those is the upcoming opportunity I will have to sit on a panel at the Teach For America (TFA) Summit. Moderated by award-winning investigative reporter, Nikole Hannah-Jones, whose work focuses on racial injustice, I will be joined by Kriste Dragon, Co-Founder & CEO of Citizens of the World Charter Schools, Julie Goldstein, Principal with Hartford Public Schools, and Bill Kurtz, CEO of DSST Public Schools to discuss "Intentionally Diverse Learning Communities." The conversation will delve into how some educators and organizations are finding ways to work around obstacles to build intentionally diverse schools. This discussion will be streamed live on Saturday, February 6th from 1:45-3:30 pm on the TFA Summit website linked here.

      Another such opportunity was last week's national campaign, National School Choice Week. As we often do during this time, we took the week to focus in on facets of BVP that we are especially proud of. To do this, we published a series of blog posts sharing musings and perspectives on our results, who we serve, and more. This series is highlighted below.

      To start the week, we were also happy to share that we were featured as part of an opinion piece published by Richard Whitmire, author of several books on education and reform, in The Seventy Four. In the piece, Mr. Whitmire highlights the next generation of high schools and his hope for the future of learning. The article was written in reflection to a visit Mr. Whitmire paid to our high school this past fall. Read the article here.

      We are proud of the work we do here at BVP and over the last few weeks we have had the opportunity to share it with visiting families as they considered applying to our lottery. As has been the case in previous years, all signs point to high demand for our limited number of seats. While it is exciting to see how many families have an interest in BVP, it's also difficult knowing how few of them will have the opportunity to send their children to our schools. With our lottery closing on February 19th, we are preparing ourselves for the stark difference between the number of scholars we can take and the number of families who are looking to exercise their right to choose high quality schools. That difference is why your voice and support are so important to our work.

      As always, thank you for all you do to support BVP. Together, we can and are making a difference.

p.s. We hope many of you will join us at upcoming events including our:
  • For Art's Sake Scholar Art Show & Artisan Fair  - April 2nd
  • CHEP Conference -  May 7th
  • 5K & Kids PRIDE Fun Run - date to be determined

Sincerely,

 
Jeremy Chiappetta,
Executive Director
 
Careers with BVP
To ensure we fulfill our mission of preparing every scholar for success in college and the world beyond, we continually seek dynamic, innovative minds and enthusiastic personalities who are willing to do whatever it takes to positively impact the academic and life trajectories of our scholars. 

If this sounds like you or someone you know, we invite you to take a look at our current job listings by clicking here

Here are a few examples of positions we are currently looking to fill: 
 
BVP has been featured!
whitmireThe Secret to Building the Next Gen High School? Forget All Your Middle School Successes
Richard Whitmire, author of several books on education and reform, wrote an opinion piece featuring BVP High School after visiting this past fall. Published in The Seventy Four, Mr. Whitmire highlights the next generation of high schools and his hope for the future of learning.

To read the article click here.
goldenA Golden Apple for a Golden Teacher
(left to right) BVP 
Executive Director Jeremy Chiappetta, nominating parent 
Krystal Vasquez, teacher Casey Rainha, NBC10 anchor Patrice 
Wood, and ES1 Head of School 
Kyle Quadros
In a surprise ceremony, Elementary School 1 teacher, Casey Rainha, was presented with The Golden Apple Award! It's an honor sponsored by NBC10, Hasbro, and the Rhode Island Department of Education recognizing outstanding teachers who exhibit the "true spirit of teaching."
 
To watch Casey's surprise presentation, click here.
 
You can also click here to read more about the award and presentation in our blog. 

 
Highlights
This past week our teachers, families, and scholars showed their #SchoolChoiceWeek pride by sharing their thoughts on BVP. For photos and quotes visit our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 
blogRead our Blog - BVP Musings
Follow our weekly blog, BVP Musings, to read insights from our staff and featured guests.

For National School Choice Week, we featured a series of blogs to share musings and perspectives from our community. The first of these posts is featured below. We invite you to read the rest of the series by following the links.
BVP High School Head of School, 
Jonathan Santos Silva, with 
high school scholars.



National School Choice Week and the Next Generation of Learning

       Every year, one week in January has become known as National School Choice Week (NSCW). It's goal is to "raise public awareness" for all educational options available to families including online learning, private schools, homeschooling, public school, and public charter schools. 

       School choice is about parents having the opportunity to consider their options and seek out the best fit for their child. We know one size does not fit all, which is why schools offering unique methods and innovative approaches are so important. It is our responsibility as educators to step up to the challenge and develop methods for serving all children. Read More.
Read the rest of our National School Choice Week Series: 
 
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