Summer is upon us. The weather is beautiful, the days are long, and we are as busy as ever here at Dreamporte. While school may be out for summer (cue Alice Cooper), educators and students across Boston are still out there learning in all sorts of summer classes and camps. In the midst of the summer school whirlwind, we have managed to land a perfect spot in Burke High School’s PULSE program
Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester is an exceptional place and a perfect spot to launch our newly written curriculum. Burke was the first school in the state to pull itself out of “Turnaround status”. It has a 98% minority enrollment and 80% of the students are given federal aid for lunches. It should be perfect for us. We have the opportunity to provide the experience of being anywhere in the world to motivated students who have not gone these places.
The PULSE program, which we are working with specifically, works with rising 10th graders who did not meet the MCAS standard. Our summer curriculum – which is based on environmental awareness – will be taught by Ms. Rodney. While Ms. Rodney’s specialization is in art, we have been told she is a great teacher in all areas and especially enjoys the sciences.
Our summer work at Burke is a huge step in the ultimate goal of Dreamporte: to be able to send our curriculum out to any school, ready to use. This is the first time we will be using an outside teacher and it is in the perfect school for us.