Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

Work with an MIT Inspirational Teacher Award winner in the physics classroom at Brighton High School

Brighton High School, Boston Public Schools, 25 Warren St. MA 02135


Our Mission

Brighton High School is committed to providing a personal and engaging high school experience, leading to life-long academic and civic excellence. By creating an inclusive community and offering challenging curricula, we empower our students to be successful in their post-secondary education and beyond. Brighton High School has a strong college preparation program. Our classes have been developed to meet the standards of college admission into 2 and 4 year colleges and universities across the country. Our teaching and counseling staff help students prepare, apply, plan, and pay for college. We also help students prepare for the workforce through our career pathways programs. We also have a career specialist who provides additional job placement support.

We are committed to providing high quality instruction to all of our students. Classes are conducted using the workshop model of instruction, allowing students to actively explore new ideas under the guidance of experienced teachers. We seek to continuously improve our strategies to teach students to read, write, and think critically. Teachers are provided numerous opportunities for professional development and personal growth while being support by our strong Teacher Leader Program.

Brighton High School address is 25 Warren St, Boston MA 02135, beside St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. The project will be in myPhysics classroom. It is room 323 on the third floor.

The Challenge

Brighton High School is a Boston Public High School that serves students from all over the city. There are 31 students in a class and it is difficult to give each student the attention they need. Many students stay after school for individual help and support.

Our students are very good people that come from very poor living conditions. They are committed to improving themselves and becoming a constructive part of our complicated global society. They are young men and women with great dreams but no resources who come from all over Boston, some with over a two hour commute one way. They are remarkably innocent and still have faith that the public education system will enable them to succeed. Many of them stay after school for hours working in any way they can find to improve their skills and academics our students deserve to be part of the solutions of the future. They have a background and perspective that will allow them to better understand the problems that our society, that our world, faces and to approach them in novel ways. Effort and resources must be invested to provide them with the skills and education necessary so that we don't lose the advantage that they offer. Your presents will give them more attention and help. This will make a great deal of difference and will be greatly appreciated.

MIT students will gain valuable experience in a classroom setting working specifically with underprivileged youth. This will allow them to gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by educators working in an urban setting. They will begin to see how concepts can be applied, broken down and interpreted to a high school audience. Basic skills that will receive attention include team building, mentoring, leadership and problem solving strategies in both group and individual settings. This can be viewed as both an opportunity to enhance personal skill sets and resume building.

Qualifications, Preferences, and Assets

Any one with enthusiasm that wants to work with teenagers is welcome.

Time constraints

School starts around 7:30 and gets out at 2:04

After school begins at 2:04 and can extent to 4:30 or 5:00

Contact person for the project

MIT students interested in developing projects around these ideas should contactMIT students interested in developing projects around these ideas should contact Elly-May O’Toole, physics teacher and Robotics Coach, at 617-697-3712

PKG Center Support

MIT students who develop projects around these ideas may apply for support from the Public Service Center's Internships program. Please check the program descriptions and deadlines and talk to program staff to determine which is most appropriate for your needs and project.

If you want to volunteer or you have funding from outside the PKG Center that enables you to work on this project, that's great! However, please do let us know if you work on a project you saw advertised here, even if you don't use our funds. And remember, the PKG Center staff are happy to advise on service projects even if we are not funding them ourselves

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