Summer Update #6: Boston’s Summer Learning Agenda Draws National Attention

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Boston Summer Learning Community Celebrates a Successful Year

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With summer coming to a close, we’re proud to highlight the 2016 Boston Summer Learning Community—the largest and most diverse network of summer programs to date. Each week, students throughout the city enjoyed project-based learning, exciting enrichment activities, and field trips that exposed them to new parts of Greater Boston. Thanks to the hard work on behalf of program staff, students return to school this fall with new skills, knowledge, and friends, all of which will help them prosper this academic year and beyond.

Click here to see featured photos from the 2016 summer learning community!

Register Online for National Academies Webcast with Chris Smith

chris-e1471552479378-300x231Join Boston After School & Beyond’s Chris Smith next week as he shares the successes of the Boston Summer Learning Community with national audiences.

On Thursday, August 25, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a 1-day public workshop in Washington, D.C. that will highlight the latest research on summer programming and explore the links, both existing and potential, between summer programs and the broader ecosystem of child and adolescent learning opportunities.

The workshop will be streamed online. CLICK HERE to register for the webcast. Click here for more information.

Chairwoman Peisch Observes Work-Place Learning at Boston PIC/Sociedad Latina’s Escalera Program

IMG_0974This week, Representative Alice Peisch, Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, and DESE staff Cliff Chuang, Keith Westrich, and Nyal Fuentes stopped by Boston PICand Sociedad Latina‘s Escalera program. By visiting college and career readiness classes taught at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, the visitors witnessed first-hand how Escalera provides students with the tools they need for post-secondary success.

Click here to read more about the visit.

Escalera Provides Students with the Background Knowledge and Skills Needed for College Entry and Completion

FOR BLOG POSTFostering student growth and achievement with a unique curriculum of college readiness classes, Escalera: Steps for Success provides rising high school juniors and seniors with the skills they need to pursue higher education. Hosted at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, this SLP site has had a rewarding second year thanks to great staff and dedicated students.

“Our students are self-motivated, passionate learners and have the privilege to be led by quality educators,” Daniel Davis, College Access and Career Coordinator at Sociedad Latina, said.

Click here to read more about the ways Escalera prepares students for college.

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