BOSTON (CBS) – She’s an educator, a Minnesota transplant, and a Bruins fan within the making. Dr. Brenda Cassellius took over as Superintendent of Boston Public Colleges on July 1 and says she is able to hear.
“Genuine engagement is absolutely listening and making an attempt to know the place are the good alternatives, what’s working effectively… and discovering among the gaps,” the previous Training Commissioner of Minnesota instructed WBZ-TV’s Paula Ebben.
Cassellius has a novel plan to assist her try this listening. She goes to maneuver – loads. In an effort to immerse herself in Boston’s numerous neighborhoods, the brand new faculties chief plans to alter her tackle, maybe as incessantly as yearly.
“I began off in Roxbury. I don’t know the place I’ll go subsequent, however I need to go there, stay in that neighborhood, go to church with folks, synagogue, mosque, and go to the parks, and stroll my canine.”
Cassellius mentioned it is very important get to know households, perceive every neighborhood and the way it contributes to the town, in addition to its distinctive challenges.
“It’s very totally different in numerous components of the town, and the assets are totally different in numerous components of the town, so understanding that firsthand as superintendent will assist me do a greater job,” she mentioned.
“We’ve lots of work to be performed there to make sure we’ve prime quality faculties in each neighborhood.”
Dr. Cassellius needs to work with metropolis leaders on a wholistic method to college students that addresses each in and out-of-school elements, and desires to have interaction households earlier, by common Pre-Okay.
“One of many targets I’ve is that we are going to be mother and father’ best choice for his or her kids, and that begins early, at Pre-Okay. So the mayor’s dedication to common Pre-Okay is simply fabulous.”
She hopes to stay round Boston lengthy sufficient at hand these youngest college students their diplomas sometime. The keys to that kind of longevity? “You must be a great diplomat and also you do must be a great listener and you must be actually participating everyone within the outcomes for the kids.”
On some not-as-serious Boston matters, Cassellius (a former hockey participant herself) mentioned she plans to help the Bruins, is a “rising” Crimson Sox fan, and as for espresso? “I used to be shocked on the variety of Dunkin Donuts.”