“I’m definitely a better teacher today than I was last year,” said Roy, who has been at Bentley for seven years.
Driscoll and Russell are talking about the possibility of switching to a so-called “restart” turnaround model. The Bentley teachers say they have just begun their own restart.
The Bentley School these teachers know isn’t the one defined by low MCAS scores, stark demographics (75 percent of Bentley children come from low-income families) or newspaper headlines. They see a school starting to turn around.
“We all chose to be here,” Roy said. “We had the ability to opt out, but we chose to do the heavy lifting. We chose to do the hard work. We know what outsiders perceive us to be, but we want to be here. We came here to make a difference in the lives of children.”
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