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.
depends on strong
and critical thinking skills.
Strong literacy instruction develops the ability to be a critical and creative thinker as well as proficiency in fluency, comprehension and expression. Strong readers and writers think deeply and express themselves persuasively in every subject.
“We weren’t going to pick a canned program
that had the standard approach to improvement.
I wanted something that was respectful
of students, that listened to teacher and
principal voices, and attended to all facets of learning.
BSRI was it.”
Superintendent, Taunton Public Schools
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.
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While we begin with a focus on literacy instruction, our practices positively impact instruction across the curriculum.
- 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 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 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.
BSRI relies on more than just “one and done” professional development; partnership comprises support and training tailored to each school’s needs.
- 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
Literacy Consultant Coach
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Principal Coach“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.”
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Nancy MacKenzie Connelly
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“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.”
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Dr. Marie Galinski
“Changing a school culture is challenging. BSRI helps principals create a school culture where all teachers accept responsibility for student learning.”
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Grace Marie Greeno
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Math Coach“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.”
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Literacy Expert Consultant
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Math Coach“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.”
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Rose Marie O'Connor
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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
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“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
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BSRI In the News
TOWER FOUNDATION GRANT WILL ACCELERATE SUCCESS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN BEVERLY AND GLOUCESTER SCHOOLSThe Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation has awarded the Bay State Reading Institute (BSRI) a three-year, $90,000 grant to fund staff coaching and professional development at BSRI’s ten partner schools in Beverly and Gloucester. Created in 1990, The Tower... read more
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Our School Partners
BSRI commits to long-term partnerships with each school because we understand that comprehensive change to improve student performance does not happen overnight. The intensity of intervention decreases gradually after the first year, empowering teachers and principals to lead change from within.
- Adams-Cheshire Regional School District
- Bevery Public Schools
- Everett Public Schools
- Fitchburg Public Schools
- Gloucester Public Schools
- Malden Public Schools
- Quaboag Regional School District
- Revere Public Schools
- Taunton Public Schools
- Westfield Public School District
What Our Partners Are Saying
The strongest testimony to our work is the response of our partner districts. We started with just one school each in Revere, Taunton, Fitchburg, Westfield, Beverly and Gloucester. Today we partner with all the elementary schools in eachof these districts. We’re also in multiple schools in Malden, Everett, Quaboag Regional and Adams-Cheshire. We encourage you to contact these districts to hear from them why they’ve found our partnership so valuable.