[Video & New Report] Chris Smith Represents Boston Summer Learning Community at National Academies Workshop

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In August 2016, Boston After School & Beyond's Executive Director Chris Smith joined national experts and thought leaders for a public workshop in Washington, D.C. hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. During his opening remarks and an afternoon panel session on creating skill pathways, Smith shared the successes of the Boston Summer Learning Community with national audiences. A video of Smith's full remarks is below. The workshop highlighted the latest research on summer programming and explored the … [Read more...]

Program Profile: Latino STEM Alliance Builds Awareness of STEM Careers Through Real World Engineering Challenges


Engaging students in real world engineering challenges, Latino STEM Alliance teaches the engineering design process while allowing students to explore STEM careers and authentic applications of STEM. Through this BoSTEM program, underrepresented students in STEM including girls and people of color are given opportunities to approach engineering in a creative and relevant setting, building the interest and confidence that leads students down STEM career paths. “Our mission is to empower and inspire underserved students in the STEM arena so … [Read more...]

Mayor Walsh, Community Leaders Unveil New National Summer Learning Research


Convenes Leaders to Focus on Continued Success; Renews Call for Increased Statewide Support BOSTON - Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today unveiled the results of a national survey which showed Boston’s summer learning effort outpacing its peers – data the Mayor used to renew calls for greater public and private investment in critical summer programs. Surrounded by leaders from 127 summer learning programs at the historic YMCA on Huntington Avenue, Mayor Walsh showcased results from the 2016 Boston Summer Learning … [Read more...]

Program Profile: CitySprouts Teaches STEM and Food Justice Through Hands-On Kitchen and Garden Experiences

Integrating garden based learning experiences, cooking experiments, and investigations into food systems that track produce from the farm to the grocery store, CitySprouts teaches students important STEM skills and content while exposing them to new fruits and vegetables and fostering investment in food justice issues in their communities and worldwide. “We have three main buckets of goals: STEM learning, social-emotional growth, and learning about healthy food,” says Erin Taylor, Middle School Program Manager and Garden Coordinator with … [Read more...]

The Mott Foundation Celebrates Lights On Afterschool with Community Boat Building


On Thursday, October 20th, The Afterschool Alliance hosted its annual Lights On Afterschool event, a nationwide celebration of afterschool programs. As a part of this celebration, Gwynn Hughes of the Mott Foundation paid a visit to Boston After School & Beyond partner Community Boat Building to witness fifth grade students from the Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School learning and applying math and woodworking skills to construct a seaworthy rowboat. Partnering with Young Achievers, as well as Harvard-Kent Elementary and the … [Read more...]

[VIDEO] Boston Celebrates Lights On Afterschool 2016


Lights on Afterschool is the only nationwide event recognizing afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. Boston After School & Beyond is proud to celebrate its partnership with 35 afterschool programs. Collectively, we're reaching nearly 3,000 Boston youth. In the spirit of Lights on Afterschool, we asked students what they liked most about afterschool learning. … [Read more...]

Boston Awards Nearly 2,600 Badges in 2016


Digital badging is gaining traction across Greater Boston. Since the initiative’s inception in 2015, interest in using badges to recognize skill development outside of the classroom has risen dramatically. This year, the initiative expanded to 11 programs serving 937 students from grades 4-12, marking an 83% increase in programs and a 99% increase in students involved compared to last year.  As this work enters its next phase, Boston After School & Beyond and its partners met to discuss these developments along with programs' experiences … [Read more...]

36 Boston Middle Schools Implement Hands-On Learning During Boston STEM Week


Last week, 36 middle schools across Boston took part in Boston STEM Week, suspending normal curriculum and transforming into hands-on learning labs offering 20-25 hours of project-based learning. Hosted by i2 Learning, this immersive STEM experience allowed students to work like real scientists and engineers, asking questions, leading investigations, building models, and developing solutions to real problems. “I was skeptical at first,” said Patricia Lampron, principal at the Henderson K-12 Inclusion School, “but this really lit a fire in … [Read more...]

Program Profile: Sociedad Latina Offers Youth Led STEAM Experiences that Build Creativity and Cultural Pride


Integrating academic support and hands-on art and design learning experiences, the Sociedad Latina STEAM Team provides Latino middle school students with opportunities to develop math and science skills while engaging in self-expression and celebrating their shared cultural heritage. STEAM Team offers youth a space to collaborate, solve problems, and take ownership of projects, creating experiences that support critical thinking and promote strong relationships and student leadership. “Our mission is to build the next generation of Latino … [Read more...]

Washington Post: New Evidence that Summer Programs Can Make a Difference for Poor Children


By Emma Brown | September 7 at 7:00 AM During their long, languid summers, lots of children forget the lessons they learned in school. But the hot empty months pose an especially big academic hurdle for poor children, whose families might not have time or money for camps or enrichment activities. Now new research suggests that school districts can stave off the so-called summer slide by offering free, voluntary programs that mix reading and math instruction with sailing, arts and crafts and other summer staples. The research also shows, … [Read more...]