Making A Difference

Making A Difference2022-10-21T10:28:11-04:00

Our Mission

The Brookline Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Brookline’s commitment to excellence in public education. The BEF raises private funds to support innovative teaching, administrative leadership, professional development, and community participation in the schools.

Excellence in public education does not only enhance the well-being of our students, but also that of our entire community. The Brookline Education Foundation brings together educators and private donors to support the mission of the Public Schools of Brookline, which is to ensure that every student develops the skills and knowledge to pursue a productive and fulfilling life, to participate thoughtfully in a democracy, and succeed in a diverse and evolving global society.  Not only does the BEF enrich the lives of our students, but it also strengthens the Brookline community, today and in the future.

History

From its start in 1981 as one of the first private local education funds in the country, the BEF has raised over $6 million for the Brookline Public Schools. Supporters and donors include parents, citizens, and businesses who share the belief that strong public schools are essential to the quality of life and future well-being of the town. Now in its 40th year, the BEF is one of the largest and most innovative local education funds in Massachusetts.

The BEF Today

The BEF works closely with the Brookline School Department in a unique partnership, identifying needs and opportunities where its efforts can make a difference to teachers and children. BEF monies are used to fund new approaches to professional development and systemwide improvements that the schools could not otherwise afford. The BEF seeks out and supports innovation and leadership among teachers and administrators alike. It looks for leverage opportunities where its programs can generate funds from other public and private sectors.

 Equity and Excellence for All

The Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) was founded on the principle of supporting excellence in our public schools. For 40 years, the BEF has supported teachers’ work on diversity and inclusion in Brookline classrooms, but still, more needs to be done. The BEF is committed to expanding our focus to ensure that this important work reaches and includes all members of Brookline’s diverse school community. We seek to elevate the voices of underrepresented communities, and we welcome grant proposals from Brookline educators designed to advance and foster our goal of creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environments.

Annual Reports

Our 2021 Annual Report
Our 2022 Annual Report

 BEF NEWS

Where the education conversation happens…

25th Annual BEF Spelling Bee

By |November 22nd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Brookline Education Foundation's annual 5th Grade Spelling Bee was a huge and exciting success resulting in one shocked and exuberant winner and three students tied as first runners-up. 50 fifth graders from throughout the Public Schools of Brookline district gathered in the Brookline High School auditorium on Sunday, November [...]

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2022 Margaret Metzger Fellows Event

By |October 26th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

We were so moved and proud to hear the 2022 Metzger Fellows read their essays on October 14th at the Lincoln School. This event is always profound and inspiring and this year was no different. Visit our YouTube Channel to watch the event! And click here to learn more about [...]

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Visit from Jerry Craft, author of New Kid!

By |October 21st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

The BEF was so excited to welcome the latest in the Todd Saker Fund series of author visits: Newbery Award-winning author Jerry Craft to Brookline! Jerry visited the Heath School and the Pierce School, where he spoke to hundreds of students and signed books. His visit was wonderful, inspiring, and [...]

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