EdVestors recently announced that the Phineas Bates Elementary School in Roslindale is the winner of this year’s $100,000 Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move Prize. The awards were presented at a ceremony Oct. 21 featuring Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at the Westin Copley Place.
Finalist schools Joseph P. Manning of Jamaica Plain and UP Academy Charter School of Boston in South Boston each received $10,000 prizes.
Now in its 11th year, the School on the Move Prize was created by nonprofit EdVestors to recognize rapidly improving schools that have made exemplary progress in advancing the academic achievement of all students. The prize spotlights the daunting, yet less publicized, achievements of these and other Boston Public Schools making significant strides in improving educational outcomes for students. EdVestors awards the prize, in partnership with philanthropic sponsors, as part of the organization’s work accelerating positive change in urban schools.
“I congratulate the Bates on being awarded this year’s School on the Move Prize,” said Mayor Walsh. “Our top priority is creating a public school system that gives all of our young people an opportunity to succeed. I thank EdVestors for their continued partnership and support in helping to improve educational outcomes for our students and prepare them for a bright future.”
“These schools provide great examples of approaches to equity and innovation in our Boston Public Schools,” said Superintendent Tommy Chang. “I commend the Bates Elementary and the two finalist schools for their dedication to providing a rigorous education to all students.”
The 300-student Phineas Bates Elementary School in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston prides itself on a culture of leadership and engagement for both teachers and students. The Bates credits its steady improvement in both English language arts and math to giving teachers greater autonomy to make instructional decisions to meet the needs of their students. As a full inclusion school where students with significant special needs learn alongside their typically-developing peers in general education classrooms, all students benefit from more robust and effective use of classroom supports thanks to creative staffing and scheduling.
“The Bates has transformed into a school where every person, student and staff member alike who walks through the doors is a leader,” said Andrew Vega, principal of the Phineas Bates Elementary School. “We are fearless in our efforts to name and tackle the most challenging topics in education today in one of the most diverse schools in the Boston Public Schools. Winning the School on the Move Prize is a validation of our collective work over the last five years: We’ve taken risks and been bold in our approaches, and this prize is a sign we’re on the right track.”
“It is an honor to work with our philanthropic partners and our panel of prize judges to present the 11th annual School on the Move Prize, and to lift up these three schools’ successes,” said Laura Perille, CEO and president of EdVestors. “The achievements of schools such as the Bates, the Manning and UP Academy who demonstrate rapid student progress often go unnoticed. The School on the Move Prize not only aims to congratulate the amazing work of these schools but also share lessons learned with the rest of the Boston Public School district and beyond.”