STEM Schools in Massachusetts

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. At STEM-focused schools, students take an interdisciplinary curriculum with special attention paid to these four areas. Since … Read More

Vocational Education: Job Skills In High School

Vocational technical education programs provide students with courses that seek to develop academic skills, technical knowledge and occupational advancement. As implied in the "technical" part of the name students focus on applied crafts and subjects. About one in five Massachusetts high school students are enrolled in a vocational education program. Read More

Where Non-English Speakers Were Left Behind, RETELL Brings Changes

What is RETELL? RETELL stands for "Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners." In 2002, state voters passed a ballot initiative that all but eliminated bilingual education and generally required English-only instruction. From then on, while the Department of Education and Secondary Education (DESE) and school districts had training available for teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs), the training was not mandatory and individual teachers had to opt into taking it. Read More