Boston Public Schools Collaborative

The Boston University/Boston Public Schools Collaborative is the administrative organization at the University that oversees more than a dozen programs created in support of the Boston Public Schools. In 1975, court-ordered school desegregation in Boston stimulated an unprecedented commitment by Boston-area colleges, universities, and businesses to help the city’s schools and children. Boston University has been and continues to be an active participant. University resources contribute to the support of a full-time director who initiates and seeks funding for new programs which involve faculty and students in serving the needs of Boston school children. For more information, contact Ruth Shane at 617-353-3551 or e-mail

Step UP

Boston University is one of five universities involved in Step UP, an unprecedented collaboration with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the City of Boston to help ten local schools. Step UP was formed in the fall of 2006 and provides comprehensive, coordinated services aimed at improving student performance. Boston University’s two partner schools are the William Monroe Trotter Elementary School in Dorchester and the English High School in Jamaica Plain. Based on the needs identified by each partner school, BU aims to help the Trotter and the English make improvements in areas such as instruction and tutoring, after-school support, student wellness and safety, and family and community engagement.

Click here to visit the Boston University Step Up website detailing how the BU School of Education is involved in the Step Up collaboration.

Click here to visit the offical Step Up website and read the monthly Step Update Newsletter.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for potential first-generation college and low-income Boston Public High School students. It is a federally funded TRIO program that serves 75 low-income and first generation college students who join in either ninth and tenth grade and participate until high school graduation. Students must be enrolled in the Boston Public Schools and either attend one of the target high schools (Brighton High, English High, The Engineering School, Community Academy of Science and Health, Social Justice Academy, or Snowden High) or live in one of the target neighborhoods (Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, or Mattapan). Program services include afternoon classes and tutoring during the school year and a residential six-week summer academic program.

Visit the Upward Bound website.

Upward Bound Math Science

Upward Bound Math Science is a part of the federally funded TRIO programs, whose purpose is to prepare low-income and first-generation college bound students for success in higher education. The goal of Upward Bound Math Science is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue post-secondary degrees in those subjects. The Upward Bound Math Science program at Boston University serves 50 students from Brighton, Chelsea and Charlestown High Schools.  Program services include classes and tutoring during the school year as well as a residential six-week summer academic program. This model provides integration with academic researchers at Boston University and offers expanded opportunities for program participants to prepare in greater depth for study in the STEM fields at the post-secondary level.

Visit the Upward Bound Math Science website


BUILD is a collaborative effort that enjoys the support and contributions of the School of Education and the Boston University  Financial Assistance and Student Employment offices. With federal Work-Study funds made available by Boston University in support of the federal America Reads and local Read Boston programs, 130 literacy tutors provide assistance for one hospital, eight after-school programs, five in-school programs, and organizations serving elementary school children in Boston and Chelsea.

Visit the BUILD website.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.