The BU Consortium

The BU Consortium is a collaboration that works to enhance educational quality for the preparation and professional development of prospective and current education professionals for work in diverse school environments. Its primary goal is to support the professional learning of district members.

Established in 1977, the Boston University Consortium is the product of a collaborative agreement between Boston-area educators and Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Funded by BU Wheelock, the BU Consortium consists of eight public school districts: Boston, Brookline, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lexington, Newton, and Somerville.


By virtue of its location in the City of Boston, BU Wheelock prioritizes 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. Through the work of the Consortium Council, the Consortium seeks to achieve the following goals:

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

Consortium Benefits

  • Access to BU Wheelock student teachers
  • Access to prepracticum and practicum placements with high-quality supervising practitioners
  • Funding for classroom-level and school-level initiatives through the Consortium Educator Learning Grants program
  • Access to annual professional development opportunities
  • Complimentary BU course vouchers to district members
  • Enhanced collaboration and information-sharing between district members and BU Wheelock

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

Consortium Grants Program

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? Applying for a BU Consortium Educator Learning Grant can help you get closer to those goals. Learn more about the BU Consortium Educator Learning Grants program.

Learn More

Contact: Aaron Brakoniecki, BU Wheelock
Call 617-353-4226 or email