Boston University Consortium

Established in 1977, the Boston University Consortium is the product of a collaborative agreement between Boston-area educators and Boston University’s School of Education. By virtue of its location in the City of Boston, the School of Education places particular importance on addressing educational problems that appear to be characteristic of, but not limited to, the city and surrounding urban and suburban communities which we seek to serve. The overarching mission of the Consortium is to enhance educational quality for all concerned, namely, the preparation and professional development of prospective and current education professionals for work in diverse school environments.

Funded by the School of Education, the Consortium consists of eight public school districts: Boston, Brookline, Chelsea, Concord, Lexington, Newton, Quincy, and Somerville. Through the work of the Consortium Council, the Consortium seeks to achieve the following goals:

  1. Support the preparation of SED educator candidates to become effective PreK-12 teachers through the identification of high quality pre-practicum and practicum field placements and increased communication and collaboration between SED and member districts.
  2. Support the continued education of all practitioners, including district members and SED faculty, through the planning and enactment of targeted professional development.
  3. Support engagement in education research that is relevant to both SED faculty and district members.
  4. Oversee the development and administration of the Consortium Grants Program.

Consortium benefits include:

  • Access to SED student teachers
  • Access to pre-practicum and practicum placements with high quality supervising practitioners
  • Funding for classroom-level and school-level initiatives
  • Access to annual professional development opportunities
  • Complimentary BU course vouchers to district members
  • Enhanced collaboration and information-sharing between district members and the School of Education

For more information regarding Consortium benefits, please contact your district’s Consortium Council Representative.

BU Consortium Grants Program: Annual Call for Funding 2016-2017

Are you interested in learning more about your practice? Do you want to implement something new in your classroom? Receive funding to try out new ideas and support the learning and growth of educators and students.

Download the Application Instructions for detailed submission instructions. Then, download the Application, a writeable PDF file. Note, you may need to download Adobe Reader in order to complete the application. Please visit to download and install Adobe Reader free of charge.

Application deadline: April 1, 2016

For more information, contact: Dr. Ziv Feldman
Boston University
School of Education
Two Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215

The BU Consortium is in the news!

Check out information about our successful Dinner & Discussion event that took place at SED on March 2nd. Nearly 50 educators from our eight member districts joined SED faculty to eat good food and talk about possible collaborations. A list of the SED faculty who presented at the Dinner & Discussion can be found here.

Recently Funded Projects

Sustained Silent Reading
Tech Boston Academy, Boston
This project will allow a team of 6th and 7th grade humanities teachers to research, plan, and implement a Sustained Silent Reading program in order to support students as they become life-long and enthusiastic learners, readers and thinkers.

Cross-School Community-Building
Thomas Edison K-8 School, Boston
This project aims to learn how to create and maintain strong professional communities across a school by leveraging the leadership and existing school structures including the Instructional Leadership Team, the Math Leadership Team, and grade level and department structures.

Disciplinary Literacy
Sperber Education Center, Brookline
This project is a joint K-8 ELA, Social Studies and Science effort to give integrated school teams of middle school teachers the opportunity to learn about the basics of disciplinary literacy, engage in inquiry around disciplinary literacy topics of interest, apply what they learn, and then gather to share, give feedback and learn from each other.

Zones of Regulation Study
John Pierce Elementary School, Brookline
This project aims to assist students in their ability to self-regulate by piloting an intervention study using The Zones of Regulation, which is a curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control.

Classroom Reading Libraries
John D. Runkle School, Brookline
This project will allow teachers to improve their tier one instruction in literacy and enhance independent reading practice through the creation of leveled classroom reading libraries.

Families For Health
Edgar F. Hooks Elementary School, Chelsea
This project will allow us to bring SED faculty Sarah Benes’ program, “Families For Health,” to our school in order to increase our after-school programming options and family engagement and involvement while also increasing opportunities for wellness and physical activity to support our students’ health and academic success.

Modified Math Labs
Clark Avenue Middle School, Chelsea
This project will allow for the introduction and modification of Math Labs; educators will co-plan rigorous lessons, co-teach the lessons to their own students, and co-analyze the success and the barriers of the instruction.

Universal Design for Learning Institute
William A. Berkowitz Elementary School, Chelsea
This project will allow a team of educators to attend the Universal Design for Learning Institute and create an implementation plan for sharing what they learned with the rest of the school.

Resources for Study of Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast
Alcott Elementary School, Concord
This project will develop text sets and a variety of other more updated and relevant media resources for a third grade social studies unit to support the content so that all students can access the content and demonstrate their understanding of the values, beliefs and customs of indigenous peoples of the Northeast.

Reading/Writing Instruction for Learners with Special Needs
Peirce Elementary School, Newton
This project will focus on continuing to identify evidence-based methods to improve reading and writing instruction for our learners with special needs, support professional learning for our district’s special educators to increase consistency of literacy intervention amongst schools, and ensure that our district has the most appropriate and current assessment and instructional materials.

ELD Curriculum Frames
Countryside Elementary School, Newton
This project will allow for the investigation of best practices around integrating the English Language Development (ELD) Curriculum Frames and the development of instructional techniques and curriculum materials that specifically embed the use of the ELD Curriculum Frames across a variety of content areas.

ESL Blended Learning
Somerville High School, Somerville
This project supports the work of the ESL teaching team to increase opportunities for students to develop English language and technology skills through the consistent implementation of blended learning.

Integrated Science Education Curriculum
Capuano Early Childhood Center, Somerville
This project integrates a combination of content-based information, reflective practice in a community of practice, and access to materials and spaces to launch a sustained and integrated science education curriculum.

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.