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Enrichment at Home

Enrichment at Home

Boston Beyond is gathering resources for enrichment and learning at home from its network of more than 300 programs. The resources are intended for other programs to use and for students and their families to access directly. Check the list below for activities and resources for your student. Keep checking in! As opportunities arise from our network of partners, they will be posted below.

Resources from Our Network

3Point Foundation: When schools closed, 3PointFoundation went virtual with BAND and zoom, holding our sessions at our regular times for one hour twice/week. Our focus is on staying connected, showing we care, and continuing to promote critical thinking, communication, social emotional learning and values related to dance and basketball. The sessions highlight current issues, defining and responding to violence, developing a sense of agency, applying values to daily life in tough times, and connectedness. The students just completed letters to public officials. Our teachers facilitate the sessions with the coaches from dance and basketball. Sessions begin with meditation/physical movement. We have weekly dance and basketball contests that include online questions, and physical challenges for which students post tic tok and basketball videos on BAND.

African Community Economic Development of New England: In partnership with the Boston Resiliency Fund and Ascia Food, ACEDONE will be distributing boxed Iftars to the community each night of Ramadan. Visit their Facebook page for pick up locations and more information.

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership: Every Monday night Papa Gino’s (748 Gallivan Blvd.) will dedicate 20% of sales to benefit All Dorchester Sports League (ADSL)! Visit ADSL’s Twitter for more information.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center: An Emergency Family Fund created by Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) is now live. Gift cards will be given to families to support emergency needs. Stay up to date on news from BCNC by visiting their Supporting Families While They’re Staying Home page. BCNC has brought their Pao Arts Center to their website! Visit their page and explore some of the creative work their organization has supported over the years.

Boston Scores: Virtual learning is now live on Boston Scores Facebook. Every Monday, they will be releasing themed content lessons in the following three categories: Soccer, Poetry and Service Learning.  Visit their website for more information. Check out the submissions from their coaches on their Youtube channel. This competition is led by Boston Scores coaches and is open to all.

Boston Student Advisory Council & Youth On Board: The Boston Student Advisory Council and Youth On Board have compiled a list of resources for students and families. Visit their shared Google document for more information. The Boston Student Advisory Council also curated a list of Earth Day resources linked here! These resources are open to all.

Boston University Upward Bound programs: Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science are holding “Upward Bound from Home”, where Study Hall and classes are done remotely. Upward Bound students will have access to online classes include MCAS Science, MCAS Math, SAT Reading, SAT Math and Senior Workshop II. Study Hall includes “drop-in” tutoring done by the Upward Bound tutors using Zoom and Goboard. Ninth and tenth grade Boston Public School students can still apply to join the Upward Bound programs by clicking here.

Boston Youth Sanctuary (BYS): Boston Youth Sanctuary has continued to provide support to the student and families in their network. These services include teletherapy, online activity groups, family check ins, and care packages. They are working to create space in innovative ways for families to continue their work with BYS. Resources are available to members only.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston: Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston share how you can stay involved with the #ClubAtHome! Their Youtube channel provides students and families with at home activities that inspire creativity and physical activity. Visit their blog to learn more! These resources are open to all, and includes pre-recorded videos and activities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester: Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester are bringing BGCD to your home! Check out their virtual programming schedule for this week here. Here is an update on what Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is doing to support their community in an article from the Dorchester Reporter. Programming is available to members only, and includes live and pre-recorded events to engage with.They are now offering virtual Zoom programming for club members. Check their calendar schedule here. BGCD is seeking feedback from families as they prepare for summer. Staff are working diligently to design this summer’s program to be focused on the safety and well-being of staff and members. Families can take the survey here.

Breakthrough Greater Boston: Breakthrough Greater Boston is offering remote services and resources for students and their families. Resources include community Zoom calls, college application and financial aid support, and weekly resource emails. More information can be found on their Updates and Resources page. Programming is for members only.

CitySprouts: CitySprouts has developed at home learning resources for elementary and middle school students. Visit their CitySprouts at Home page for videos, design challenges, and updates on their school gardens! CitySprouts is still holding their Summer Youth Internship Program which focuses on inclusive science education set in the great outdoors. For more information and to apply, visit their site. Resources are open to all.

Community Rowing: Check out Community Rowing’s live workouts on their This Week Online page! A full schedule of workouts is posted along with videos to past workouts. Resources are open to all. Community Rowing, in partnership with London Youth Rowing of the UK are collaborating for the first time in a 1000-meter indoor rowing challenge! On Saturday, June 13th, 10:00am-12:00pm (US/EST), student-athletes from both clubs will participate in the 1000-meter rowing challenge over a live stream. The results of the challenge will be posted on Community Rowing’s RowBoston online rowing league website.

Courageous Sailing: Check out the new Courageous at Home page, where you’ll find STEM Studio videos and links to some of Courageous Sailing’s favorite STEM resources. The STEM Studio provides fun, hands-on, minds-on STEM activities for kids in grades 3-8, using only easy-to-find household materials. Explore engineering, physics, math, chemistry, marine biology, and more – all connected to boats, sailing, and/or Boston Harbor. They also post links to STEM resources on their Facebook page.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts: Currently offering the same quality programming to girls, volunteers, and families virtually for at-home enrichment experiences with our new “Girl Scouts at Home” catalog! Every day, they will add virtual badge activities, programs, and resources for girls and families to engage with from home. Meetings are open to members only, but resources listed are open to all.

Hale Reservation: Even when you can’t explore Hale’s ponds and trails, adventure can still be found with Hale at Home. Discover nature in your backyard! Resources are open to all.

Harlem Lacrosse: Harlem Lacrosse has launched a list of program updates that align with daily themes such as “Workout Wednesday” and “Team Thursday”. Check out their COVID-19 response page for more information. Members are also staying connected by gathering virtually for meetings, tutoring sessions, and guest speakers. Programming is open to members only. Harlem Lacrosse posted on their Instagram page 13 calls to action in honor of the 13th Amendment. The post asks to “Get Informed”.

Harvard Medical School: Harvard Medical School has developed COVID-19 fact sheets in 35 different languages. Fact sheet topics include Prevention, COVID-19 and Pregnancy, and information for multiple young age groups.

Hernandez After School: Hernandez After School is offering a distance learning resource page to educate students in the safety of their homes! They offer K-8 online classrooms, IT assistance, a virtual nurses office, and much more. Visit their page here! Resources are open to Hernandez After School students.

HERO Kids Sports: HERO Kids Sports is providing at home learning opportunities to their students through Zoom! They are offering a variety of interactive virtual sports and fitness programming with peers and coaches for building important skills such as teamwork. Resources from HERO Kids Sports are open to all.

HMS MEDscience: Check out their Instagram for their “Healthcare Career Interview” series. Hear medical professionals describe why they chose their career path and what a day in the life of their profession looks like. HMS Medscience has opened registration for their summer program Telemed Summer 2020. Visit their program page for more information about the weekly sessions. HMS MEDscience is preparing for their virtual summer program. MEDscience is sending out teleMED kits to their students for the next 3 weeks!

Imajine That: Complete your professional development hours online with Imajine That! Trainings include topics such as Self Care, Cultural Influences, and and Benefits of Outdoor Play. For a full list of available trainings, click here.

Latino STEM Alliance: Check in with their website for updated online programming! TinkerCAD Academy #9 shows students how to create complex shapes using the Shape Generator and Scribble tools.

MassAudubon: Take a virtual trip outdoors on MassAudubon’s website! Their Explore Nature at Home page allows kids to explore nature scenes from all over Massachusetts and get involved in science activities. You can also check out their April Vacation Activities page to get families connected with the outdoors and learn about our planet!

One Bead: This spring, One Bead launched a Local Leader Spotlight (LLS) series as a way to engage elementary and middle school students with BIPOC leaders in the community. The weekly interviews, co-hosted by One Bead student leaders, are live streamed on YouTube and open to all. Each interview also incorporates an element of philanthropy–$1 is donated on behalf of every viewer to an organization selected by the featured speaker. Visit their website to learn more about past and upcoming speakers!

Piers Park Sailing: Piers Park has moved their classroom programming online with their new Ocean Science After School page! Check out the ocean science activities on their website and Youtube channel, including their experiment of the day. Resources are open to all.

Playworks: Play at Home with Playworks every weekday at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm (EST)! Join their livestream and follow one of their trainers through 15 minutes of at home exercise. Suitable for children and families of all ages! Visit their page to join the fun! View Playworks’ weekly activity challenge for 5/11 in Spanish and English. They also have PlayBooks in multiple languages for at home activities. Fourth and fifth graders can engage in virtual leadership development through Playworks’ latest SEL resource in Spanish and English. These resources are open to all.

Rehearsal for Life: Our Urban Improv program has gone virtual! New, short Urban Improv Care Packages incorporate memorable songs, entertaining scenes, and thought-provoking prompt questions to engage remote learners and to remind us all to practice our Social-Emotional Learning skills during this time at home.

Scholar Athletes: Join Scholar Athletes for their remote coaching on their website! Members can sign up for individual academic support, group study halls, social hangouts, and virtual college tours. These resources are open to members only. Stay up to date on how you can flatten the curve with Scholar Athletes’ resource center. Check their blog updates for tips to stay happy and healthy at home. Need a home workout to pass the time in your house? Scholar Athletes has released at-home physical activities for kids to stay in shape with no additional equipment required! These resources are open to all.

Science from Scientists: Away from the Classroom by Science from Scientists showcases modified at-home versions of their in-school lessons and Between 2 Beakers brings their Scientists to students in three video series: Experiment Mondays, STEM Chats, and Ask a Scientist. Click here to visit their page and learn more. Resources are open to all.

Sociedad Latina: Sociedad Latina continues to support youth academically, socially, and emotionally. They hold daily check-ins with high school and college students to provide high quality academic supports over Zoom. Other high school program activities include virtual Youth Artist Mastery classes, Open Mics, Career Panel discussions, workshops on social justice and advocacy campaigns, sexual health, workforce development, creative arts, nutrition, well being, and DIY hydroponic gardening to name just a few. The middle school virtual STEAM Team program focuses on a variety of daily STEM & Arts activities. If you are a student in grades 6-12 or your first two years of college or employment, a parent or guardian and are interested in learning more about our out-of-school time programming, contact Andrea Gilbert at acosta@sociedadlatina.org. Head over to our website, facebook, twitter, or instagram for up to date information.

St. Stephen’s: Youth programs’ partner, Church of the Redeemer, sourced and donated over 50 bags of food, supplies, and gift cards for St. Stephen’s weekly B-LOVE Distribution Days! Check out Church of the Redeemer’s Reverend Mike Dangelo for a tour of their donation center. Check out their Teen Organizers “This is Me!” video. They hope to support teen leadership and help our teens develop the leadership of others.

STEM Ecosystems: Join STEM Ecosystems FREE virtual lab for parents and guardians, featuring two fun, hands-on, STEM-tivities to do at home for grades K-8. No expertise needed! View for information here. Resources are open to all.

The LEAH Project: Keep up with The LEAH Project on their Facebook page! Their student programming is now online and they will be posting updates about their programming as well as other resources offered for students and families throughout Boston. Resources are open to members only.

The Possible Project: A group of students from the Madison Park/Boston Medical Center/Possible Project Internship and Career Accelerator program expressed their appreciation to the Boston Medical Center team in a video tribute. The Possible Project (TPP) has shifted its programming online. Resources are open to TPP students.

The Steppingstone Foundation: Alumna Danielle Le Hals was featured in the Boston Globe! She discusses overseeing MGH’s new initiative for decontaminating N95 masks. As she tells us, “the perspective that we’re all in this together really drives me.” For more, read the Globe’s article here.

Thompson Island: Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center: Even though Thompson Island is not open for programming, they are supporting their students from afar. View their positive self-talk exercise from their Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Chaya! Thompson Island’s CEO Arthur Pearson filmed a video update on how they are now serving the Boston community. Their staff has been helping to distribute nutritious meals and Chromebooks for students to connect to friends, teachers, and eventually, Thompson Island staff. Follow their Facebook page for activities inspired by their “Four Pillars”, and some free yoga! Thompson Island congratulates the Class of 2020! Many of their students and alumni are graduating this year from middle school, high school, and college. To watch their video celebrating the graduates, click here!

uAspire: uAspire has compiled resources for students, families, and practitioners on their COVID-19 Support Resources page. They have also created a Resource for All document that contains the same resources along with a message from uAspire about their COVID-19 response. Resources are open to all.

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID): VietAID runs a meal site Monday-Friday from 8am-12pm at their community center. VietAID has been granted a Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) 2020 and is currently seeking donations to keep their food supplies available for the children and families they serve. Join VietAID for their Vietnamese food tour! Staff are posting a map of local restaurants and their favorite dishes from each. Check out their Facebook page for more details. VietAID is still planning their child and youth services for the summer 2020 (July-August) session! See their Facebook post for more information and to register.

West End House: West End House has launched Grab & Go meals and live, interactive online programming for club members. Visit their home page to learn more! Resources are open to members only.

WriteBoston: WriteBoston aims to elevate the core writing skills of students in the Boston area, and they have now moved many of their educational resources online! They provide feedback on lesson plans, technology tips, and any other support schools and teachers may need in these unprecedented times. For more information, you can visit their page here. To explore their volumes of coaching connections, click here.

YMCA of Greater Boston: The YMCA of Greater Boston branches and centers are open for emergency child care on a drop in basis. They will be serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. This care will support essential workers and vulnerable children only. Visit their Emergency Care page for all details. The YMCA’s Virtual Family Resources page provides activities to help your family stay active at home. Resources are open to all.

Zoo New England: Visit the Stone Zoo Facebook page or the Franklin Park Zoo Facebook page to watch their Facebook Livestream @ 1:30pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to learn about different kinds of animals! Check out Zoo New England’s Kids Corner for more fun activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts! Resources are open to all.

To share a resource or activity, please email Alex at awarren@bostonbeyond.org.

Resources from Boston Public School District

Coronavirus Updates: Visit the BPS Coronavirus Updates web page for the latest updates on district-wide information and resources.

Resources for Students & Families: BPS has listed online learning resources by grade level for students and families. Access learning materials for your student by visiting Resources for Students & Families.

Resources from Cultural Institutions

Boston Children’s Museum:

  • Museum Virtual Tour: The Children’s Museum has virtual tours of each floor of their museum. Click on the arrows and lead yourself around the museum.
  • Play and Learning Resources: This page includes resources for students, parents, and educators. You can sign up for daily activity emails and reference all resources using the links provided.
  • #ActivitiesForKids: On both their Twitter and Facebook, the Children’s Museum is posting videos for activities for kids at home. They are also posting these activity videos to their Youtube channel.
  • Blog: The Children’s Museum has posted several blogs geared towards parents and keeping the peace at home during this shutdown.

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture: 

  • HMSC Connects: Visit HMSC Connects to discover virtual activities and resources from the four Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Listen to the museum’s podcast, engage with video storytime, museum collections, and more! You can also connect with HMSC on Instagram for more exploring, art, and nature journaling.
  • Celebrating Women: Celebrate women with HMSC’s new Celebrating Women page! Discover women’s artwork, listen to the HMSC podcast, learn how to make your own women in science booklet, and more.
  • Fall program guide: Access HMSC’s first virtual fall program guide to see what they have in store for free, virtual fall events!

Institute for Contemporary Art:

  • Art Lab: The ICA is posting new activities each week to their Art Lab. Each activity includes a list of necessary materials and a PDF of instructions. They are also posting these updates on Facebook to link back to their website.
  • Exhibit Mini Tour: The ICA highlighted the birthday of artist Barry McGee by posting a mini tour of his exhibit from 2013.
  • #MuseumFromHome: Check out the ICA’s #MuseumFromHome and #ICAFromHome posts on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:

  • #MuseumFromHome: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is posting #MuseumFromHome updates to their Facebook and Twitter.
  • Inside the Collection: Dive into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s collections with their new Inside the Collection blog. Visit the blog for in-depth looks at some of the untold stories about the Museum’s collection and history.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:

  • In partnership with Streamable Learning, the MFA is offering free 30-minute interactive live stream programs exploring works of art in the museum’s collection. Check our Upcoming Events Calendar for more information!

Museum of Science, Boston:

  • #MOSatHome: The Museum of Science is using #MOSatHome for their web page of activities and all over their social media. The page linked is the main page the Museum uses to showcase what they are doing during the shutdown. They are frequently updating their Facebook and Twitter pages with event scheduling and videos of their webinars and livestreams.
  • Pulsar: The Museum of Science has a podcast called Pulsar that is recommended for children ages 12+. It is also on the MOSatHome page, just have to scroll. Here’s one of their episodes called All About Pulsars.
  • Family Activities: Scroll further down the MOSatHome page and you’ll get to Family STEM Activities. There are options for games, an activity book, and reading material.
  • Town Hall: The Museum of Science is scheduling town hall meetings and community conversations about various topics. For example, there is a virtual training opportunity from Citizen Science for families, teachers, and professionals in STEM.

New England Aquarium:

  • Virtual Visits: The New England Aquarium has been posting Virtual Visits to their Facebook page daily. Their Youtube channel contains all of the virtual visits as well.
  • At-Home Projects and Activities: At the bottom of the same page, the Aquarium has listed at-home learning activities. Each one links to a PDF of instructions for completing the activity. They also have an “Activity Archive” underneath the activities listed.
  • Fun Activities for Kids: They have a list of at-home activities for kids, using everyday household materials, as well as Early Reader Books listed at the bottom of the page.
  • Classroom Resources and Activities: The Aquarium provides teaching materials, activity guides, and theme-based kits for ocean education at the bottom of their Virtual Visits page. Teachers can download guides, classroom activities and kits.

Looking for More Learning?

Live streaming and webinar opportunities will also be added to our Upcoming Events Calendar.

We are highlighting the ways our partners are currently supporting learning and skill-building over on Twitter. Check it out!

STEM Resources

The training process involves a two-day live webinar training, completion of video calibration exercises, a one-hour live calibration session, and successful completion of two practice observations in the field. For more information and to register for this monthly training, click here.

STEM Ecosystems is hosting webinars, workshops, and talks to keep students virtually engaged! Check out their COVID-19 Resources for more information.

The Council of State Science Supervisors has released a statement for supporting student’s science learning during the current school closures. Read their recommendations on what learning experiences should look like here.

SEL Resources

Boston Beyond’s Partnerships for Social Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) team developed this resource last year to succinctly explain instructional strategies to support Social Emotional Learning. These strategies and sentence starters can be used to ignite conversations that lead to the explicit teaching and practicing of SEL competencies.

Use this excerpt from CASEL’s 3 Signature Practices Playbook to help students identify social emotional learning skills and build up new competencies.

Educators can use this playbook to support systemic SEL practices. The playbook includes examples of the three signature practices as well as how to adapt these to your work.

View tips for including Social Emotional Learning ideas for at home learning! Students have had to quickly adjust to learning from home, so Dr. Lorea Martinez has included suggestions for educators to address Social Emotional Learning needs here.

The Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility released virtual community guidelines for online gatherings. Visit this page to view guidelines for school staff.

Visit Open Circle Tech Tips page for important tips on hosting online gatherings and building community from a distance!

Partner Updates

Dear Boston Beyond Partner,

The country is reeling. Centuries of racial injustice have been on full display, most recently with the senseless death of George Floyd and on far too many other occasions.

Our community of youth development organizations and professionals is needed now more than ever to provide young people with connection, conversation, context, and support.

In this difficult context, we remain focused on creating opportunity for young people this summer. To that end, we invite to join our weekly Thursday meetings focused on summer learning and employment from 11:00 to 12:00 PM on Zoom.  On a related note, just this afternoon, Governor Baker released health and safety requirements for child- and youth-serving programs reopening in Phase 2, which may begin as soon as June 8.

Finally, we also hope you take advantage of professional development opportunities this week, which are designed to help programs engage young people in critical thinking and navigating emotions, among other topics.

In solidarity and partnership,
Chris

 

The Science of Learning Loss and Opportunities for Recovery
June 2 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Join the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for a discussion on the projected impact of school closures due to COVID-19, the challenges facing students and their families, and examples of local responses to these challenges. Representatives from NWEA, the RAND Corporation, Indian River County Schools, and Boston Beyond will present research and outcomes that can inform the efforts of educators, policymakers and community partners as they prepare for supporting students and their families during the summer and this coming fall. Register here.

Boston Beyond Professional Development:
Integrating the Outdoors into Distance Learning facilitated by the BEETLES Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley
June 2 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Zoom meeting
Introducing….the BEETLES Project. We are pleased to offer Integrating the Outdoors into Distance Learning with BEETLES. This is ideal if you are planning a summer program or fall program. You will learn how to incorporate phenomena-based and student-centered activities into virtual learning environments. In particular, this session will explore how to make observations and ask critical questions in distance learning settings in order to prompt student engagement and independent thinking. Summer learning programs are highly encouraged to attend. Register here.
Understanding Our Work through a Trauma Sensitive Lens facilitated by Edgework Consulting
June 4th | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Zoom meeting
Understanding Our Work through a Trauma Sensitive Lens, facilitated by Edgework Consulting, will examine examine how long-term adversity can rewire a person’s thoughts, feelings, and even actions. This session is suggested is designed for programs in the PSELI, BoSTEM, and Summer Learning initiatives. We recommend that organizations bring a team composed of direct service staff, supporting managers and organization leaders. Register here.
Positive Behavior Management: Universal Strategies for Successful Programs facilitated by Judge Baker Children’s Center
June 12 | 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM | Zoom meeting
Positive Behavior Management: Universal Strategies for Successful Programs, with Judge Baker Children’s Center, will explore effective strategies for behavioral management, in both individual and whole group settings. Built on a foundation of evidence-based principles, participants will have the opportunity to expand their toolbox of effective strategies for enhancing positive interactions while creating safe and consistent learning environments. Summer learning programs are highly encouraged to attend. Register here. 
Also, Thompson Island CEO Arthur Pearson penned an op-ed, The kids are not alright. Summer can make the difference, in the Boston Business Journal.

Visit Enrichment at Home and Upcoming Events Calendar for program updates and live activities from our network. To include update, e-mail awarren@bostonbeyond.org.

Dear Boston Beyond Partner,

With Memorial Day weekend in the rear view mirror, summer is just around the corner. That means Boston’s diverse network of summer programs is kicking into high gear with activity plans, student recruitment, and staffing.

We will use this update to share how programs will engage young people in skills-focused, project-based learning, enrichment, and work this summer. You can also join our weekly Thursday meetings from 11:00 to 12:00 PM on Zoom.

In this week’s update, please take note of several professional development opportunities. Although they have been tailored for specific initiatives, they are open to the entire Boston Beyond network. We will follow up with a date for training in Boston Public Schools summer curriculum.

If you have ideas or questions on summer programs, please contact Wil Cardwell at wcardwell@bostonbeyond.org.

Thank you for your partnership,
Chris
csmith@bostonbeyond.org

 

Tomorrow: Summer Learning Featured at National Press Club
May 27 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM: The National Summer Learning Association and National Press Club are hosting a virtual press conference — Harnessing the Power of Summer for America’s Students — with health, education, and policy experts. Chris Smith will share Boston’s summer learning story, including its Top 100 worldwide solution in the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change initiative, in the context of a new report from the National Academies on the summertime experiences of America’s youth. Registration is required.Boston Beyond Professional Development:
  • May 28 | 1:00-3:00 PM: How do we empower students to be agents of change in their own learning, in their school communities, and in their lives? Attend Empowered Students, facilitated by Transforming Education, to discuss agency, self-awareness, and engagement. This session is suggested for PSELI and BoSTEM direct program service staff, and is open to the Boston Beyond network, especially direct program service staff and their supporting supervisors/program managers. Register here.
  • May 29 & June 4th | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Understanding Our Work through a Trauma Sensitive Lens, facilitated by Edgework Consulting, will examine examine how long-term adversity can rewire a person’s thoughts, feelings, and even actions. This session is suggested is designed for programs in the PSELI, BoSTEM, and Summer Learning initiatives. We recommend that organizations bring a team composed of direct service staff, supporting managers and organization leaders. Register here.
  • June 2 | 1:00-3:300 PM: Introducing….the BEETLES Project. We are pleased to offer Integrating the Outdoors into Distance Learning with BEETLES. This is ideal if you are planning a summer program or fall program. You will learn how to incorporate phenomena-based and student-centered activities into virtual learning environments. In particular, this session will explore how to make observations and ask critical questions in distance learning settings in order to prompt student engagement and independent thinking. Summer learning programs are highly encouraged to attend. Register here.
  • June 12 | 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM: Positive Behavior Management: Universal Strategies for Successful Programs, with Judge Baker Children’s Center, will explore effective strategies for behavioral management, in both individual and whole group settings. Built on a foundation of evidence-based principles, participants will have the opportunity to expand their toolbox of effective strategies for enhancing positive interactions while creating safe and consistent learning environments. Summer learning programs are highly encouraged to attend. Register here. 
Program Updates:
  • Mass Audubon‘s Explore Nature at Home web page lets you expand your nature knowledge and connect with nature in your own neighborhood.
  • Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is hosting online distance learning events for elementary and middle school students. Visit their Online Events page for all of their scheduled virtual events.

Visit Enrichment at Home and Upcoming Events Calendar for program updates and live activities from our network. To include update, e-mail awarren@bostonbeyond.org.

Dear Boston Beyond Partner,

Today Governor Baker announced a four-phase plan for re-opening the Massachusetts economy. Summer camps can open as part of Phase Two, which will begin on June 8 at the earliest, and the state will release details in the “coming weeks.” Moving into each successive phase is dependent on meeting certain public health metrics. The Boston Business Journal and Boston Globe provide summaries of the plan.

Boston Beyond is convening weekly meetings of organizations planning to engage young people in learning, enrichment, and work this summer. Programs are devising creative ways to provide skill-focused, project-based learning opportunities. We are supporting this planning process with several forthcoming professional development opportunities, and we look forward to sharing these resources and program ideas in subsequent updates.  

Thank you for your partnership.

Chris Smith
csmith@bostonbeyond.org

Updates from Our Network:
  • Introducing….the BEETLES Project. We are pleased to offer Integrating the Outdoors into Distance Learning, from 1:00 to 3:30 PM on June 2nd, with BEETLES. This is ideal if you are planning a summer program or fall program. You will learn how to incorporate phenomena-based and student-centered activities into virtual learning environments. In particular, this session will explore how to make observations and ask critical questions in distance learning settings in order to prompt student engagement and independent thinking. Register here.
     
  • All families with school-aged children who attend BPS or a Boston charter school will start receiving Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfers (P-EBT), a food benefit to support families and students during school closure. Families will get $5.70 per student per day for every day school is closed to buy food. Families should look for a notice in the mail from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) in May. Families not receiving DTA benefits will get mailed their card separately from the notice. If you do not receive your card by late May, call Project Bread’s FoodSource hotline at 800-645-8333. More information can be found on these one pagers, translated to 9 different languages, and on the MA P-EBT website
Program Updates:
  • Courageous Sailing has launched Courageous at Home where you will find some of their favorite STEM resources and STEM Studio activities for grades 3-8.
  • Hale Reservation‘s new Hale at Home web page helps you discover nature in your backyard through hands-on activity guides and video lessons on gardening, composting, and much more.

Visit Enrichment at Home and Upcoming Events Calendar for program updates and live activities from our network. To include update, e-mail awarren@bostonbeyond.org.

Dear Boston Beyond Partner,

The Boston School Committee approved a five-year strategic plan for the Boston Public Schools aimed at providing equitable, high quality learning for all Boston students. The plan features six commitments, including one focused on activating partnerships to expand learning beyond the classroom. Your work with young people, as well as your collaboration with one another, informed the development of this commitment.

I am pleased to invite you to visit our new website, which includes our Enrichment at Home page and a variety of resources to enhance our collective work. You can find research and reports, lists of partners, and link to the Insight Center and Partner Portal.

Thank you for your partnership.

Chris Smith
csmith@bostonbeyond.org

 

YMCA CEO James Morton and Chris Smith described in CommonWealth Magazine how Boston’s summer learning system is well positioned for this moment.

Updates from Our Partners:
Stay updated on the efforts of our partner network at Enrichment at Home and find live activities at Upcoming Events Calendar. Key upcoming activities and resources are listed below. If you would like to include updates on our Enrichment at Home page, please email Alex at awarren@bostonbeyond.org.

  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) has brought their Pao Arts Center online. Explore their virtual galleries here and rediscover the creative work they have supported.
  • Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is offering free 30-minute livestream programs exploring works of art in the museum. Check our Upcoming Events Calendar for listings.

The Boston Public Schools has created a resources web page for students and families which separates learning resources by grade levels.

Dear Boston Beyond Partner,

As public discourse around re-opening business intensifies, more information will be forthcoming about parameters for summer programs. In the meantime, we appreciate the opportunity to plan with you around different scenarios for engaging young people, whether in person or remotely.

This week, we are pleased to convene our partners with Dr. Gil Noam, Founder and Director of the PEAR Institute, to discuss When We Return: The Role of Flexibility and Mental Health in Educational Settings during Uncertain Times. This Zoom event will take place Thursday, May 7 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please register in advance, and you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have questions for Gil, please send them to awarren@basb-staging.grrush1n-liquidwebsites.com before the meeting.

Thank you for your partnership.

Chris Smith
csmith@basb-staging.grrush1n-liquidwebsites.com

Updates from Our Network:

Stay updated on the efforts of our partner network at Enrichment at Home and find live activities at Upcoming Events Calendar. Key upcoming activities and resources are listed below.

Please find the recording of last week’s Zoom call with Boston Public Schools Chief Academic Office Andrea Zayas here. Password: 8h%%vp96

Boston Beyond is pleased to share its May calendar of professional development offerings here.

Virtual Open Forum #4: Virtual Learning + Engagement
First up for May is the Partnership for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) on Monday, May 11th at 11 AM. Join this conversation about virtual learning and engagement and learn how programs are creating and sustaining enriching virtual programming, gaining and retaining staff buy-in, and engaging families and students. Register here.

The Mott Foundation developed a new app called Mizzen, designed for youth development professionals to provide engaging learning content, including activity playlists and multi-week modules, at home or in small-group settings. Mizzen may help supplement the activities you are planning for young people.

The Boston Public Schools has created a resources web page for students and families which separates learning resources by grade levels. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has posted updated remote learning guidance, including prerequisite content standards.

Charity Navigator is highlighting the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition.finalists Boston Beyond is proud to be featured among them on Charity Navigator’s Hot Topic web page.

Dear Boston Beyond Partner,

April vacation is behind us, remote learning is upon us, and we are planning for various summer learning scenarios. We appreciate your active engagement, creativity, and flexibility.

I’d like to call your attention to a comprehensive interview with Superintendent Brenda Cassellius on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio. Dr. Cassellius discusses how “innovation and collaboration” can enhance learning — remotely for the remainder of the school year and in a variety of ways during the summer months.

As follow-up, we will hold a meeting for our partners with BPS Chief Academic Officer Andrea Zayas this Thursday, April 30, from 11:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom. Please register, after which you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Andrea will describe the district’s remote learning plans and preliminary ideas for summer learning. If you have questions for Andrea, please send them to awarren@basb-staging.grrush1n-liquidwebsites.com before the meeting.

We are also pleased to announce a May 7 meeting with Dr. Gil Noam, Founder and Director of PEAR Institute on the mental health needs of young people, and how partners can play a vital role in supporting them.

Thank you for your partnerships. Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, and ideas.

Upcoming Partner Zoom Meetings:

Andrea Zayas, Chief Academic Officer, Boston Public Schools
April 30, 2020 | 11:00am-12:00pm

Dr. Gil Noam, Founder and Director of the PEAR Institute
May 7, 2020 | 11:00am-12:00pm

Updates from Our Partners:

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Explore untold stories about the Gardner’s collections through their new Inside the Collection blog.

HMS MEDscience: Tune into the “Healthcare Career Interview” series on HMS MEDscience’s Instagram to hear why healthcare professionals chose their career paths and what a day in the life of their profession looks like.

Stay updated on the efforts of our partner network at Enrichment at Home and find live activities at Upcoming Events Calendar.

The Boston Public SchoolsCoronavirus Updates provide updated information of learning at home, access to food and Chromebooks, and other activities.

Dear Boston Beyond Partner,

Last week, the Boston Public Schools and Boston Teachers Union reached a tentative agreement on standards for remote learning while school buildings are closed. Superintendent Cassellius offered perspective and advice on adapting to our “new reality” in a Boston Globe op-ed.

As we await a decision on whether school buildings will remain closed beyond May 4, our partner network is actively planning for the summer, considering a variety of options to reach the greatest number of young people safely. In an interview with WBGH Radio, Paul Reville describes our efforts to make the most of summer, the next “threshold” of the crisis, through learning, enrichment, and employment.

An update on our network’s efforts follow, adding to to an impressive inventory of activities that stimulate thinking, reflection, creativity, and exercise as part of a routine.

Updates from Our Partners:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester: A Dorchester Reporter article shares how BGCD is supporting its youth participants and their families.

YMCA of Greater Boston: Boston 25 News television featured an interview with CEO James Morton on the Y’s citywide food distribution operation and its emergency child care centers for essential workers.

Gil Noam’s recent column in Psychology Today describes PEAR’s balanced approach to social and emotional health through its Clover model, which Boston Beyond has incorporated over the past decade.

In the spirit of Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, use #heartofafterschool in your social media posts and tag someone who makes a difference for kids.

Stay updated on the efforts of our partner network at Enrichment at Home and find live activities at Upcoming Events Calendar.

The Boston Public SchoolsCoronavirus Updates provide updated information of learning at home, access to food and Chromebooks, and other activities.

Dear Boston Beyond Partner,

We are mobilizing partners and resources to ensure that Boston’s summer learning system can reach as many students as possible. We are encouraged by the early response. Many programs are planning to step up in order to ensure that young people learn and are active this summer, pending a green light from public health officials. (You can listen to Superintendent Cassellius’s take in a recent WGBH interview.)

This week, we will continue to gather information on our network’s capacity to serve students, in person and remotely. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the scenarios for which your organization is planning.

LEARNING & ENRICHMENT

Boston’s nationally-recognized cultural institutions are providing engaging content and hands-on activities online. Our Enrichment at Home page now includes links to these resources. The Upcoming Events Calendar features live events.

Institute for Contemporary Art: Each week at Art Lab the ICA posts hands-on art-making activities connected to contemporary art. Try out DIY techniques inspired by renowned artists such as Yayoi Kusama.

New England Aquarium: The Aquarium’s Virtual Visits page offers live presentations from the aquarium and projects to do at home, such as tracking sharks.

Please note recent updates from two boating partners:

Community Rowing: Parents and students can stay active with Community Rowing coaches through live and archived home workouts. Check out its on demand options.

Piers Park Sailing: Join Piers Park for virtual STEM activities through which students can explore and learn about various ocean science topics.

Learn more about practicing Social Emotional Learning using the resource below:

5 Instructional Strategies to Support Social and Emotional Learning: Boston Beyond developed tips and prompts to engage young people more deeply in learning. Try these sentence starters to stimulate thinking and conversation.

The Boston Public Schools’Coronavirus Updates provide updated information of learning at home, access to food and Chromebooks, and other activities.

NON PROFIT RESOURCES

The COVID Relief Coalition offers small businesses and nonprofits access to information on emergency loans, pro bono legal assistance, and other emergency relief options.

Dear Boston Beyond Partner,

Even as we support students, families, and colleagues at home this spring, we are turning our attention to a priority we have been working toward for a decade: Summer for All.

Pending a green light from public health officials, we plan to bring summer learning to life in July and August.

We are working with Superintendent Cassellius and her team to assess our capacity to serve BPS students in person this summer. You will receive our Organization Information Form so that we can continue planning. (You will note that we are also seeking your input on distance learning capabilities in case that is necessary.)

As you complete the survey, or if you do not receive it and would like to participate, please do not hesitate to reach me.

LEARNING & ENRICHMENT

How are you supporting students in establishing routines for learning, enrichment, and physical activity? We are sharing resources from our partner network on our Enrichment at Home page and daily activities on our Upcoming Events calendar. Please note recent updates from our partners:

Boston Scores: Virtual learning is on the Boston Scores Facebook page. Every Monday, Scores will release themed challenges in the following categories: Soccer, Poetry and Service Learning. The remainder of the week includes related lessons to keep students physically and mentally engaged, with a reflection exercise on Friday.

CitySprouts: Check out CitySprouts’ garden-based education, from planting and harvesting ancient grains to using technology in the school garden. Their site includes presentations on diverse subjects from Pre-K to 7th grade.

The Boston Public Schools Coronavirus Updates provides updated information of learning at home, access to food and Chromebooks, and other activities.

FAMILIES’ NEEDS & RESOURCES

As you reach out to families on their needs, consider the following resources:

Boston Beyond’s “family needs tracking form,” tailored for each program in its network to use when checking in on students and families. A sample survey can be found here. To get one for your program, e-mail Lisa at lghui@basb-staging.grrush1n-liquidwebsites.com.

Harvard Medical School’s COVID-19 fact sheets written for children ages 3 to 18 in 35 languages and vetted by physicians and medical school faculty.

Boston Student Advisory Council’s and Youth On Board‘s impressive list of resources for students and families, compiled on a shared Google document.

Dear Boston Beyond Partner,

This week, to support your work with children and families we bring you resources for (1) learning and enrichment, (2) tracking family needs, and (3) policy and funding.

LEARNING AND ENRICHMENT

The Boston Public Schools’ coronavirus resource page includes links to free meals, free Chromebooks, and resources for learning at home. As of Friday, the district distributed more than 20,000 Chromebooks!

As you support families in establishing routines for learning, enrichment, and physical activity, please note the following daily activities from Boston Beyond’s partners:

Zoo New England’s Kids Corner brings an impressive array of engaging activities on animals, games, and arts & crafts. Its Facebook Live program at 1:30 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays showcases animals at both the Stone Zoo and the Franklin Park Zoo. Tune in to learn more about each animal they highlight and to ask questions.

The Museum of Science#MOSathome includes their schedule of “Ask a Scientist” livestreams where children of all ages can ask questions about a given STEM topic. The page also provides more resources for supporting STEM beyond school.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s “Club At Home” program brings the best of the club into your home daily at BGCB.org/ClubAtHome, as well as on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

We will compile additional partner resources on a new “Enrichment at Home” page and on our Upcoming Events calendar. Please feel free to share with us resources for these platforms.

TRACKING FAMILY NEEDS

Boston Beyond has developed an online COVID-19 Family Needs Tracking Form to support your efforts to gather information from students and families. Staff can complete the form while in conversation with families and, with consent, send it to Boston Beyond. By collecting information centrally, we can identify citywide needs and mobilize resources to address them in a coordinated way.

Forms are customized for each organization, so if you would like a form, please contact Lisa Gomi Hui at lghui@basb-staging.grrush1n-liquidwebsites.com. You can preview the questions in the attached document.

POLICY & FUNDING

The $2 trillion federal stimulus package approved Friday establishes a State Education Stabilization Fund, $13.5 billion of which is dedicated to K-12 education. Federal funds will flow to the states, then at least 90% of the funds will go to school districts to support a wide variety of education expenses, including after-school and summer learning. The package also includes funding for child care providers; loans to small businesses, including nonprofits; and an incentive for charitable contributions.

The $2 trillion federal stimulus package approved Friday establishes a State Education Stabilization Fund, $13.5 billion of which is dedicated to K-12 education. Federal funds will flow to the states, then at least 90% of the funds will go to school districts to support a wide variety of education expenses, including after-school and summer learning. The package also includes funding for child care providers; loans to small businesses, including nonprofits; and an incentive for charitable contributions.

We will share more information next week. In the meantime, please let me know how we can help.

Dear Boston Beyond Partner,

As you focus on the health, safety, and basic needs of your students, families, and colleagues, the Boston Beyond staff are here to help.

Our broad and diverse network includes over 300 programs staffed by hundreds of talented and dedicated staff reaching more than 20,000 young people. Please take advantage of this network by sharing your ideas, questions, and concerns with us.

As you begin the week, please note the following resources for students and families:

Free Meals in the Community
The City of Boston, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and others are providing free meals for Boston youth ages 18 and under. For the map, list, and times of meal distribution, click here.

Learning Technology for Home
The Boston Public Schools (BPS) are distributing Chromebooks to students who do not have consistent access to technology at home. For more information on obtaining a Chromebook for a BPS student visit the BPS Chromebooks page. (BPS is sharing learning materials through digital backpacks. We will provide details in a subsequent e-mail.)

Daily Enrichment at Home
Playworks, which organizes recess and after-school programs in schools across Boston (and the country), will be broadcasting a live stream recess via Facebook Live Monday through Friday at 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. Activities include stretching, cheers, games, and more! Join the fun here: https://lnkd.in/e3vdY29  For more information visit: playworks.org/playathome.

Financial Assistance to Meet Urgent Needs 
Union Capital Boston is sending $150 Visa gift cards to people in urgent need across Greater Boston. Families in need can fill out this form to be added to the list. They’ve received over 3,500 requests already and are raising money through their GoFundMe page.

We will share more information on a regular basis. In the meantime, please let me know how we can help.

Family Needs

Boston Beyond has developed an online COVID-19 Family Needs Tracking Form that organization staff can use to collect information from families about their needs. By helping us to collect this information centrally, we can identify citywide needs and mobilize partner organizations, Boston Beyond, and BPS to meet those needs in a coordinated way.

Staff can fill out the form during a conversation with parents/guardians, and information submitted (if parents consent) will be sent to the organization, Boston Beyond, and BPS. Forms are customized for each organization, so if you would like a form specific to your organization, please contact Lisa Gomi Hui at lghui@basb-staging.grrush1n-liquidwebsites.com. You can preview the questions in this document.