Gates Foundation Grant Announcement


Compact group

On Wednesday, student musicians from Conservatory Lab, Edison K-8, and the Saint Columbkille Partnership School performed in a combined concert celebrating a $3.8 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to The Boston Compact, an organizational body which supports collaboration among public, charter, and Catholic schools. The performance served as a press conference, with addresses from the principals of each school, Diana Lam, Mary Driscoll (Edison K-8) and Bill Gartside (Saint Columbkille’s), Boston Compact Co-chair Kevin Andrews, the Chair of the Boston Public School Committee, Rev. Groover, and the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston, Mary Grassa-O’Neill.


A portion of the $3.8 million dollars will support collaborations among Conservatory Lab, Edison K-8, and St. Columbkille, to share best practices and professional development opportunities for teachers of English Language Learners and to support exchanges among classroom teachers using data-driven instruction tools such as The Achievement Network. The three schools are also committed to future musical collaborations.


Guests at Wednesday’s event heard from Conservatory Lab’s Dudamel Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, and Bernstein Wind Ensemble, as well as the band from Edison K-8. A combined choir from all three schools performed Joe South’s Walk a Mile and Joanne Hammil’s Dreams of Harmony.