August 15th, 2014

Report on Advanced Learning in the Cambridge Public Schools

On July 29th 2014, the Cambridge Public Schools’ Academic Challenge and Enrichment Program Manager, Paula Feynman, presented to the School Committee and Administration on the state of advanced learning in CPS. Slides from her presentation are here.

The presentation was covered by Jean Cummings in The Cambridge Day, in her article “Difficulties handling ‘advanced learners’ […]

December 10th, 2013

CPS Office of Academic Challenge Website is Launched!

The Cambridge Public School District’s Office of Academic Challenge now has it’s own website, with information, resources, a calendar, and more. The full website is here:

There is also now a link from the “Departments” section of the main CPSD website takes you to this introductory page:

Please let the Academic Challenge Program […]

November 8th, 2013

Racism in Education in the US

This Education Week blog post by Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers titled “Facing Racism” explores the difficult subjects of cultural and personal racism in education.

“And each of us is a more courageous leader if we wrestle long with ourselves to know whatever bias lives in us. We have children watching and waiting […]

September 1st, 2012

Introducing CPS’s new Academic Challenge Program Manager

I’m very happy to report that this week CPS Deputy Superintendent Carolyn Turk introduced the school district’s new Academic Challenge and Enrichment Support Program Manager. She is Paula Feynman, who has in recent years worked as a 6th grade science teacher in Sudbury, MA. She is very skilled in project-based learning and differentiating instruction, in […]

August 28th, 2012

Update on Academic Challenge from CPS District Leaders

Below are answers to questions that CALA coordinator Freedom Baird submitted to the School Committee in mid-August, around the issue of advanced learning, especially as it will be addressed in the new Upper Schools. The answers were prepared by Deputy Superintendent Carolyn Turk, and reviewed by Superintendent Jeff Young.

Cambridge Public […]

May 12th, 2012

Black Advanced Learner Struggles to Fit in with Her Peers

An article titled “‘Why Don’t We Have Any White Kids?’”, by N. R. Kleinfield, takes an in-depth look at the trend toward resegregation in the public school systems of cities across the US, despite efforts to counter it. The author interviews an advanced middle-school student who struggles to fit in with her peer group.

Here’s […]

March 26th, 2012

Jimmy Tingle to Host “Are You as Smart as a CRLS Student” Quiz Show

This thursday, bring your general knowledge and trivia smarts out as community members pit themselves against CRLS students in a battle of the brains! Cambridge comedic legend Jimmy Tingle will host the event at the Fitzgerald Auditorium, 7pm-9pm. Here’s an excerpt from the write-up in the Cambridge Chronicle, titled “Jimmy Tingle to host Cambridge Rindge […]

January 4th, 2012

CALA Statement and Action Plan

Over the last several weeks, the CALA community put together a statement and delivered it to the Cambridge Public School administration and School Committee at the January 3rd SC meeting. The statement officially introduces CALA as an organization, outlines the needs of advanced learners in the Cambridge Public School District, and lays out specific goals […]

December 22nd, 2011

Community Tackles Racism and Achievement Gaps

In St. Paul, Minnesota, nine teams of parents, educators, community leaders, and local business people are tackling the issues of racism, white privelege, and achievement gaps, as covered in this Twin Cities Daily Planet article: Action teams tackle St. Paul achievement gap, recommend other big changes at SPPS — Dec 20, 2011. Here’s an excerpt: