For Immediate Release - November 05, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Celebrates Strong Start at State's First Innovation School

Education Secretary Reville meets with students, faculty at Paul Revere Innovation School

REVERE - Friday, November 5, 2010 - Continuing the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to educational excellence, Education Secretary Paul Reville today visited the Paul Revere Innovation School, the state's first Innovation School, to meet with students and educators, and learn more about the school's first year of operation.

As the result of a strong partnership among the Revere Public Schools, the Revere School Committee and the Revere Teachers Union, the Paul Revere Innovation School was unanimously approved by the school committee in May and opened its doors to students in September. The school is currently educating approximately 330 students and has adopted an extended day approach with a sharp focus on improving literacy and math skills. To meet these goals, teachers are integrating technology into the classroom and using new tools to collect and analyze data that will help continually improve instruction. Teachers and parents were deeply involved in the creation of the school, and continue to be involved in its governance and operation.

"Innovation Schools empower teachers by allowing them to take full ownership of a school," said Governor Patrick. "The Paul Revere Innovation School is the result of hard work, trust and dedication among teachers and parents alike, and will help ensure students receive a world class education to ready them for future success."

"Back in January, the legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation that addressed our unacceptable achievement gap, promoted accountability, and provided the opportunity for greater innovation in all our schools," said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "I'm proud to see the progress that has already materialized at the Paul Revere Innovation School and I'm pleased at the new academic opportunities it has brought for children in Revere."

"It was exciting to see the Paul Revere Innovation School in action," said Secretary Reville. "Local officials and educators heartily embraced the concept and are taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded by Innovation School model to provide an excellent education for their students."

A signature component of Governor Deval Patrick's education reform bill signed into law in January, Innovation Schools function as in-district charter-like public schools and employ many of the same strategies and creative approaches to education that exist in many of the state's top performing charter schools - all while keeping school funding within districts.

"The Paul Revere has already begun to chart a successful path for its students and the overall community," said Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein. "I truly look forward to following its further development as the school year progresses."

The state's second Innovation School, the Pathways Early College Innovation School, was established jointly by the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District and Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC). The school was unanimously approved by the Mahar School Committee in July and also opened in September. The primary purpose of this school is to provide motivated students, many of whom face particular socio-economic and other challenges, with an alternate pathway to higher education. Students take classes at MWCC and receive dual credit toward a high school diploma and a college degree.

Secretary Reville is hosting two upcoming public information sessions on Innovation Schools for interested educators and partners. These events are designed to provide an overview of Innovation Schools and answer questions about the locally-based process by which they are established. Secretary Reville will be joined by officials who have done the work of starting Innovation Schools and educators who have experience in establishing and working in autonomous schools.

The sessions will take place at the following locations.

Monday, November 8, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Bridgewater State University, Rondileau Campus Center, Bridgewater, MA

Tuesday, November 9, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Museum of Science, Connors Theater, Green Wing, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA

Informational and guidance documents are also available at the following website: www.mass.gov/edu/innovationschools.


Information provided by the Executive Office of Education. Created: November 5, 2010