Improving literacy instruction
is a powerful lever
for whole school improvement.
Just as literacy is the backbone of success across subjects,
improving literacy instruction leads to improvement
in every facet of a school’s teaching, learning and culture.
Schools with a strong commitment to our model have shown impressive gains in student achievement in several crucial areas: faster improvement on the MCAS than state averages, and significant narrowing of achievement gaps.Download Our Results
While we begin with a focus on literacy instruction, our practices positively impact instruction across the curriculum.
BSRI understands that true partnerships are built on respect, trust, and investment in the success of individual leaders, teachers and schools as well as experience and expertise.
BSRI relies on more than just “one and done” professional development; partnership comprises support and training tailored to each school’s needs.
- Teaching techniques that emphasize synthesis, analysis, and problem-solving and result in higher-order thinking and deep conceptual understanding
- A focus on reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational
- A content-rich CCSS-aligned core curriculum
- Use of real-time data to guide classroom decision making
- Differentiated, small-group instruction with tiered intervention
- A re-organized school day that maximizes teaching time, intervention support, and common planning time
- Excellent principal leadership that provides teachers with vision, challenge, and support
BSRI coaches are former principals and master teachers with years of experience supporting the development of fellow educators and leaders.
BSRI Professional Development
BSRI professional development courses are taught by nationally known experts who tailor their presentations to the needs identified by our schools.
BSRI currently partners with 42 elementary schools in MA. 62% of BSRI students are high need. BSRI specializes in working with small and medium-sized urban districts and Gateway Cities.
BSRI Funding Partners
BSRI was one of only 49 organizations nationwide awarded the highly competitive first round of Invest in Innovation (i3) grants by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, we are an approved DESE Priority Partner for Turnaround, and receive recognition and support directly from the MA legislature.
- Individualized coaching, modeling, and embedded training several days each month from a Principal Coach and a Literacy Consultant
- An array of professional development courses for teachers, reading coaches and principals
- Data meetings that integrate multiple measures of student performance
- Assistance integrating district, state and federal initiatives
- Support that is closely coordinated with district priorities
BSRI Video Library
Bay State Reading Institute has been collecting and documenting the best practices of our partner schools. Click on the thumbnail image to view each video. Clicking on the category names beneath each thumbnail will show all the videos included in that category.
Literacy Consultant Coach
Read about Kelly
“The ability to adjust your instruction based upon data is not something that you learn in undergraduate school. That’s where BSRI’s coaches come in with experience and know-how.”
Read about Sue
Nancy MacKenzie Connelly
“As a principal for many years, I recognize the challenging demands and the hectic pace of the position. In the role of principal coach, I am pleased to offer support, perspective, and mentoring to current principals.
Read about Nancy
Read about Maureen
“BSRI provides the winning combination. We work as a team with school staff to make instructional decisions based on data while providing on-going professional development and coaching for every teacher and principal.”
Read about Judith
Dr. Marie Galinski
“Changing a school culture is challenging. BSRI helps principals create a school culture where all teachers accept responsibility for student learning.”
Read about Marie
Grace Marie Greeno
Read about Grace Marie
“BSRI coaching is ongoing, not a one-shot workshop. It is aligned to state standards, curriculum, and assessment. And its goal is twofold: improved instructional practice and improved student learning.”
Read about Naseem
Literacy Consultant“We get to collaborate as teachers set goals and chart their course. We are able to provide guidance based on the success of all the BSRI schools who have come before them. And we are able to make available resources to bring their unique plans to fruition. What could be more gratifying?”
Read about Judy
Literacy Expert Consultant
Read about Lesley
“BSRI focuses on best practices. Best practices in literacy are also best practices in mathematics. When elementary school teachers understand the connection between literacy and mathematics, they begin to implement the very same strategies used in their work in literacy in their mathematics classes.”
Read About Kit
Read About RoseMarie
“After having been in education for more than 40 years, it is thrilling to see such enthusiastic teachers in our BSRI schools. It makes me want to go back into the classroom! And, of course, working with principals as their coach is a wonderful way to bring it all together in a professional learning community!”
Read about Jackie
“At BSRI, we are able to differentiate our services for each school we partner with to meet the needs of the student population and teachers. As we work together over the years, we build strong connections and share their pride in student growth and school change. This enables us to grow with the school and always provide the next level of support they need.”
Read about Ben
“Today’s research tells us a principal needs to be both an inspiring instructional leader focused on student achievement, and a competent building manager focused on compliance and district demands. What isn’t always clear is how a principal accomplishes these goals without becoming disheartened and overwhelmed.”
Read about Miffy
Our Executive Management
“One of the best parts of my job is seeing kids actively engaged in classroom after classroom. The difference I see in the students’ experience is mirrored by changes on the part of teachers. I’m not shy in telling my old legislative colleagues that it beats anything I ever accomplished in the hallowed halls of the State House, and it’s a lot more fun!”Email Barbara
Read about Barbara
“Bay State Reading Institute is a Massachusetts nonprofit that works with schools, with teachers and with principals to give them all the help they need to become high performance schools.”Email Ed
Read about Ed
From Our Founders Blog
“When students receive the right level of challenge from a teacher who genuinely believes in them, the engagement is indescribably high and there is no telling what they will be able to do.”read more
BSRI In the News
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Our School Partners
Bay State Reading Institute partners with 43 schools in 10 different districts, urban, suburban and rural, across Massachusetts. This broad reach helps clear the path to literacy and achievement for over 21,000 students, over 60% of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
Bay State Reading Institute relies on partnerships with districts, grant-making organizations, and individual donations to improve elementary education across Massachusetts.
Ed Moscovitch, Co-Founder: (978) 281-5004
Ben Scherz, Director of Product Development: (928) 606-2230