Press Release

  • Barnstable Intermediate School Awarded Mass IDEAS Planning Grant for School Redesign

    Hyannis, MA, February 5, 2019 -- Barnstable Intermediate School (BIS) was recently awarded one of five planning grants for school redesign through Mass IDEAS (Innovating Design in Education for All Students), an initiative of Next Generation Learning Challenges.  Barnstable was selected from a pool of 23 teams who responded to the Request for Learning and completed in-person team interviews with Mass IDEAS in December 2018. They are joined by four other grant teams, Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School (Hathorne), Mohawk Trail Regional School (Shelburne Falls), Monument Mountain Regional High School (Great Barrington), and Salem High School (Salem) in this work focused on school redesign.  These five teams represent the first cohort receiving a Mass IDEAS planning grant that is supported by generous funding from the Barr and Nellie Mae Education Foundations.

    Barnstable’s Mass IDEAS grant includes a financial award of $150,000 combined with direct supports from Mass IDEAS that will provide the planning grant team the knowledge, skills, dedicated time, financial resources, and coaching support to ensure effective school model planning. The planning grant team leading this work consists of James Anderson, BIS Principal, Michael Andrews, 6th grade English teacher at BIS, Bridget Burger, the Director of the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network and Barnstable parent, and Jennifer Perry, Director of Teaching and Learning for grades 6-12 in Barnstable.

    Over the course of the next 15 months, this team will be engaging in a collaborative process that will produce a school model that the entire BIS and Barnstable communities can be proud to call their own.  Moving forward, there will be multiple opportunities to gather input, engage a variety of stakeholders, and bring the learning and support that the Mass IDEAS framework provides back to the BIS community. The planning grant team is energized to begin the work of bringing the BIS community together to reimagine what school could look like for 6th and 7th grade students in Barnstable.  

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