March 5, 2009

On Thursday, March 5th, 180 members of the Boston Leaders for the Future of Education’s (BLFE) professional network gathered at Doyle’s Cafe for an Evening of Innovation to inspire innovation, hope and collaboration for the future of education in Boston.  BLFE, pronounced "belief," is a professional network of approximately 500 Boston-area educators interested in leadership and policy. BLFE’s members represent the next generation of education reformers in Boston and Massachusetts.


The Evening of Innovation kicked-off with a speech from Boston’s Mayor, Thomas Menino. Mayor Menion highlighted BLFE’s potential as innovators in education reform and he announced the Cloud Foundation’s 100K ArtScience Competition for Boston Public School’s students (  in hopes of recruiting audience BLFE members to serve as mentors for BPS student teams. 


Mayor Menino’s speech was followed by a panel discussion moderated by the Nellie Mae Foundation’s Jose Masso.  The panel discussion included the Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, Dr. Carol Johnson,  the Executive Director of the Boston Private Industry Council and Massachusetts State Senator, Sonia Chang-Diaz.  that focuses on inspiring innovation, hope and collaboration for the future of education in Boston. 


In closing, BLFE Founder, Tony Siddall, announced BLFE’s Innovation Incubator.  BLFE’s Innovation Incubator seeks to provide educators of all backgrounds (classroom teachers, afterschool educators, social workers and more) with the opportunity to come together to share innovative ideas that will improve education in Boston. Following the program, attendees engaging in networking and dialogue with other educational leaders about their visions for the future of education.