Mayor and Superintendent Set Goal for Summer Learning

This week Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang to announce that over 5,600 Boston school children will participate in 79 summer learning programs in diverse, non-traditional settings around the city as part of the Boston Summer Learning Project, a coordinated public-private effort boosted by nearly $2 million in private funding. See coverage inThe Boston GlobeBoston Herald, and WBURamong others.

The Mayor also issued a challenge for additional innovative programs to join the Boston Summer Learning Community, setting a goal of serving 10,000 youth over the next two years. This means that at least 100 programs need to work together to promote common measurement, strengthen professional development around social-emotional skills, and close the opportunity gap.

With the early support of the Boston Opportunity Agenda, we have demonstrated that this unified approach is possible. In partnership with The Wallace Foundation and RAND, we now also know that this approach works. A national multi-year study on summer learning, of which Boston was a part, found that students who participated in quality summer programs entered school in the fall with a meaningful advantage in math, as compared to their non-participating peers.

For more information about our 2015 summer sites, please view the following map. The expansion of summer learning in Boston could not have happened without the strong support of the following 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, The Klarman Family Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, United Way of Massachusetts and Merrimack Valley, Wallace Foundation, and Yawkey Foundation.

All the best,

Chris Smith, Executive Director, Boston After School & BeyondLine.png

Partnership Council Summit: High School Redesign 

Boston After School & Beyond, in partnership with the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Opportunity Agenda, held a public gathering last month to discuss innovative strategies for connecting the classroom to the community. Over 140 individuals representing 92 organizations were in attendance to help guide the effort to re-imagine high schools of the future. [… read more here]

BASB Board Elects Boston’s Chief of Education and Superintendent

At its annual meeting, Boston After School & Beyond’s Board of Directors elected two new members: Rahn Dorsey and Dr. Tommy Chang. Mr. Dorsey, in his capacity as the Mayor’s Chief of Education, will serve as an ex-officio member of the Board. The Board of Directors also honored the great service of John McDonough and formally transitioned over to new BPS Superintendent Dr. Chang. [… read more here]