Young people need a host of skills, such as critical thinking and perseverance, in order to navigate the challenges of school, college, and careers. After-school and summer programs play a vital role in exposing students to experiences that will help them develop these skills.
As the new school year kicks into high gear, our community of programs is taking up the challenge to measure performance against uniform standards using common tools. By learning together, they are pioneering a unified approach to documenting student performance and progress, enabling them to see what is working and what needs to be improved. This approach becomes even more powerful when programs adapt their approaches based on results.
We are pleased to be part of three national initiatives that will help us realize the potential of a citywide measurement and improvement system that captures the value of programming on young people. We look forward to sharing our progress with you.
Over 1400 Badges Awarded in Boston’s First Badging Pilot
This summer, Boston After School & Beyond piloted its digital badge system in partnership with six STEAM-focused Summer Learning Community programs. Using a common set of criteria and a central database, these programs awarded 1422 badges to 297 students for their demonstration of five social-emotional skills.
BASB to Participate in Three-City Pilot on Using Data to Drive Improvement
BoSTEM, a dynamic multi-sector partnership led by Boston After School & Beyond, Citizen Schools, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, has been selected as one of 27 communities to participate in the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative. The selected sites will collaborate and share their work on expanding hands-on STEM learning experiences to youth across the nation.
BoSTEM Selected to Be Part of the National STEM Ecosystems Initiative
BoSTEM, a dynamic partnership led by BASB, Citizen Schools, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, has been selected as one of 27 inaugural communities to participate in the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative. The selected sites will share their work on expanding hands-on STEM learning experiences across the nation.
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, Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, The Wallace Foundation, and Yawkey Foundation.