Executive Director, Boston Plan for Excellence
Since 1995, Ellen Guiney has led the Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE), a non-profit organization dedicated to innovative strategies for improving education in Boston Public Schools. During that time, BPE shifted its focus from teacher mini-grants to systemic issues, and worked closely with BPS leadership to break new ground in large-scale urban education reform, including: in-school “coaching” for teacher teams on effective instructional practices; the use of formative assessments to help teachers tailor instruction to individual students; and increased data analysis to inform instructional decisions and professional development. BPE also works closely with Boston Public School leadership to raise large grants to leverage changes to central support to schools.
Prior to her work at BPE, Ms. Guiney was Chief Education Advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and one of the Democratic staff leaders on the reauthorization of Goals 2000 and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1995. A former high school English teacher with degrees from Boston College and LeMoyne College, Ms. Guiney served as education advisor to Mayor Ray Flynn during Boston’s transition to an appointed school board.
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