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Tessa Orbach Bridge

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Tessa Orbach Bridge


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Tufts University

Undergraduate School
Reed College

Nicole Simon, Doctoral Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Former Rappaport Policy Fellow

Cambridge Public Schools

Lori Likis, Chief Planning Officer

Description of Fellowship
Tessa completed her Rappaport Fellowship in the Office of the Superintendent of Cambridge Public Schools District where she supported the implementation of the district’s transformation plan, the Innovation Agenda. During her time at CPSD Tessa created a report about how to support students through the transition from 5th to 6th grade and 8th to 9th grade. This involved conducting a literature review of how transitions impact adolescents and best practices for schools to support students at these times.