Welcome from Principal Chad Leith

Welcome to the Morse Elementary School! Established in 1891, the Morse School serves children and families from every Cambridge neighborhood and from over 35 different countries. Whether in person or through a remote learning model, we nurture our children’s curiosity and intellectual skills, as well as their healthy social and emotional development. Morse School families, teachers, and staff members work together to foster a sense of safety and belonging and to support students in developing an appreciation for people with different origins, identities, beliefs and learning styles. Even through the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have sought to promote a sense of community, where all adults and children feel respected and appreciated. This value has also led us to begin working towards becoming an antiracist school; we are actively taking steps towards identifying and dismantling racist structures, hearing and elevating underrepresented voices, and striving to achieve an equitable and just educational experience for all students (please click here to learn more).

My personal investment in the Morse School community and my strong belief in the transformative power of public education stems from my own upbringing and professional experiences. I grew up only a few blocks away from the Morse School and attended the Cambridge Public Schools from first grade through high school; my wife Edna and I still live right up the street with our children Aléx and Isabella. After graduating from CRLS, I went on to earn my B.A. from Harvard, my Ed.M. from Boston University and my Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Over the last 25 years - in schools as distant as Cape Verde and as nearby as Boston - I have served as a Peace Corps volunteer, classroom teacher, instructional coach, university professor, and principal. My experiences - both as an educator and as a parent - have led me to conclude that successful schools share some common key ingredients, such as communication and trust, collaboration and a shared responsibility for student learning and growth, a culture of high expectations matched with compassion and a commitment to equity, and the capacity to reflect, learn, and grow together as a community.

As the principal of the Morse School, it is my great privilege to work alongside educators and parents who are committed to creating and sustaining a school community where children from all backgrounds enjoy a safe, nurturing, and joyful learning environment. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reimagine the way we approach teaching and learning, many exciting things are happening at the Morse School. During the 2020-2021 school year we will work together to engage our children in exceptional in-person and virtual learning experiences guided by a rigorous and culturally-responsive curriculum. We will also focus on strengthening our approaches for fostering each child’s sense of well being and belonging and ensuring that the members of our community remain connected across virtual spaces.

On behalf of the Morse School’s teachers and staff, I invite you to consider joining our vibrant school community.
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