Summer Learning in Boston Draws National Attention

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Superintendent Tommy Chang welcomed leaders from four cities from across the country to hear Boston’s summer learning story.

Mayor+PLCThese cities are part of the Wallace Foundation’s national multi-year study on summer learning, which found that participanting students returned to school with a significant advantage in math over their peers. Local data from 79 summer programs supplement these academic results, showing steady gains in skills and program performance.

Based on these results and the strong commitment of partners, Walsh and Chang set a goal of serving 10,000 youth in 100 summer programs by 2017. By connecting the classroom to the community, we strive to make engaging summer learning is the norm for all young people.

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Summer 2015 Data Shows Steady Gains in Skills, Program Performance

Screenshot+2015-11-06+00.09.55Evaluation results from summer 2015 show promising trends in skills and program performance. Students in a coalition of 79 summer programs recorded upward progress in improving critical skills, even as the numbers of participating youth and programs ballooned, a new analysis finds.

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New Summer Insight Center Launches

Summer+Insight+CenterThe Summer Insight Center catalogues best practices and case studies from high-performing summer programs. It draws on data from the past six years of the Boston Summer Learning Project. This resource will continue to evolve each year as innovations and new data emerge.

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Barr Foundation Guest Blog: What Does It Take to Bring Good Ideas to Scale?

Barr+Blog+PhotoExecutive Director Chris Smith penned a recent post for the Barr Foundation’s blog, detailing how the Summer Learning Project helped 5,600 Boston children return to school ready and motivated to learn. Smith points to three ingredients that have proved essential to sustaining and growing this approach.

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BNN News Interview: Summer Strengthens Skills

BNN+InterviewCharlie Cremens, Director of BPS Partnerships at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, and Chris Smith joined Chris Lovett on BNN News to discuss how summer learning exposes youth to the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for future success.

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A special thank you to our funders:

Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Boston Opportunity Agenda, Boston Public Schools, Charles Hayden Foundation, City of Boston – Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Eos Foundation, Every Hour Counts, Klarman Family Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Noyce Foundation, Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, The Wallace Foundation, and Yawkey Foundation.