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Ellen Guiney

director, Boston Plan for Excellence

Ellen Guiney is executive director of the Boston Plan for Excellence, Boston Annenberg Challenge, a local education fund. Since September 1996, the BPE has concentrated over $2 million/year supporting 27 Boston schools (20% of the district) in their transformation of core teaching activities, their use of existing resources, and their accountability to parents and the public. With the reorganization of the Boston Annenberg Challenge in August 1999, Ms. Guiney now also serves as co-director of the Challenge. The Boston Plan has since taken responsibility for managing the reform work in an additional 36 public schools. Prior to her work at the BPE, Ms. Guiney was chief education advisor to the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, and one of the Democratic staff leaders on Goals 2000/ESEA Reauthorization. She has also served as education advisor to the mayor of Boston during the transition to an appointed school board, and is a former high school English teacher.