Three Quick Reads from Boston and Beyond


unnamed (2)The City of New Bedford has been a key ally in efforts to scale summer learning statewide. This week, we had the opportunity to visit with Representative Robert Koczera, New Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Pia Durkin, and Whaling Museum President James Russell.

Together, we were able to see the benefits of summer learning firsthand and to discuss the importance of H.4033, a vital bill currently in the House Committee on Ways and Means. The legislation would create a pilot program to expand summer learning opportunities for more high-need youth across the Commonwealth.

In-school interventions alone are insufficient to close the state’s persistent achievement gap. I encourage you to explore the press stories below for promising strategies to ensure that all young people are primed for success in school, college, work, and life.



CBS Boston Eye On Education: Teachers Offer Tips To Promote Learning, Avoid ‘Summer Slide’

unnamedThere’s one thing experts and teachers agree on about summer learning loss — even just a little bit goes a long way. “There’s a lot of research – 100 years of it – that shows kids lose ground in reading and math in summer if they’re not active,” said Boston After School & Beyond’s Chris Smith.

Watch the TV report.

Education Week: How One City is Working to Make Learning Count Outside of School

unnamed (3)In a policy brief published last month titled “Beyond School Walls,” researchers from the Rennie Center examined Boston After School & Beyond’s work creating a formal system for students to receive academic credit for learning outside of the traditional classroom setting.

SouthCoast Today: Officials Look to Avoid ‘Summer Slide’ for Inner-City Kids

unnamed (4)Students who experience hands-on learning beyond the school walls, such as those offered by the Whaling Museum, often have better academic success. Rep. Robert Koczera, D-New Bedford, visited the museum to view the impact of the students’ learning firsthand.

Click here to learn more.

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.