The New Three R’s of Education: Rigor, Relevance, & Real-World Experience


Mayor Walsh’s Chief of Education Rahn Dorsey has given us the charge to infuse more “rigor, relevance, and real-life experience” into young people’s education. As evidenced below, we’re taking strong steps in this direction.

2How might learning be more engaging and personalized for teenagers? A new Rennie Center report, Beyond School Wallscodifies strategies to blend in-school experiences with community-based activities and offers key policy considerations for expanding this work.

For middle-school students, digital badging is emerging as a new credential to recognize and validate these vital learning experiences. We’re excited to announce that this summer nine program sites will implement BASB’s data-driven badging system. Our Badging Practice Brief offers promising practices and recommendations informed by last year’s inaugural badging sites.

As we kick off our largest and most diverse summer network to date, we encourage you to stay engaged in these innovations.





Scaling Expanded Learning Opportunities for Teens

Last week BASB, in partnership with the Rennie Center, hosted an event at the ICA/Boston to explore effective strategies for extending learning opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom. Over 180 practitioners and thought leaders were in attendance to take part in this rich discussion. Click here to learn more.


State House Briefing on H.4033

Representative Alice Peisch, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, hosted a legislative briefing on H.4033 to discuss the importance of summer learning. Chairwoman Peisch was joined by city leaders from across the Commonwealth who urged support for this legislation. Click here to read more.

 6[Real Clear Education] Third Semester: A Point of Privilege

Penned by Board Member Paul Reville, this bold Op-Ed asserts: “Even if regular schools provide the same high quality education for everyone irrespective of socio-economic status, they can rarely compensate for the continuing disparities in access to out of school learning.” Click here to learn more.

7 [EdWeek] Boston to Double Participation in Summer Learning

What happens when the Mayor, Superintendent, and intermediary join forces to make summer learning a citywide priority? This article describes why Boston set a goal for summer learning — and how the community exceeded the goal a year ahead of schedule. Click here to read more.

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, The Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, The Wallace Foundation, and Yawkey Foundation.