About CALA

The mission of the Cambridge Advanced Learning Association (CALA) is to work together as a parent community and with Cambridge’s teachers and administrators, to support students of every race, ethnicity and socio-economic background in need of advanced learning, at the same time as we support the needs of all students. Our mission is outlined on the home page, and our long-term goals are outlined here.

CALA was founded in November, 2011 by a group of parents concerned at the Cambridge Public Schools’ then lack of any formal policy or program for students in need of advanced learning. Superintendant Jeff Young’s Innovation Agenda made sweeping changes to the middle grades in our public schools, and although it caused a great deal of disruption, it also provided opportunity for some improvements.  Since CALA’s founding, parent members have continued working with district administrators and teachers to develop specific, evidence-based policies and services for students in need of advanced learning in Cambridge, in the middle grades, and other grades as well.

We want to acknowledge the work that members of our community have done for years around this issue. We are grateful to the parents, teachers, administrators, and school committee members who have continued to advocate on behalf of advanced learners in Cambridge.  They have paved the way for CALA to do the work we are now doing.

CALA parents have taken on various roles, including:

We welcome participation from the community. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns, resources to share, or would like to take on a project.  Cambridge parents of children with advanced learning issues are also welcome to join our private Yahoo Group (listserve).