At this joyful time of the year, we thank you for your partnership. With your support, we have made great strides in building a more cohesive education and enrichment landscape in Boston—one that offers children in every neighborhood the opportunity to build the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for future success.
Over the past year, we have seen our shared innovations take shape across the city. We’re excited to partner with the Boston Public Schools to release a $1 million Request for Submissions (RFS) for high-quality summer learning programs to operate during Summer 2017. This reflects the Summer Learning Project model and new research supporting the efficacy of this approach. We encourage our program partners to apply.
In 2017, we look forward to expanding on this and other innovations as we create more and better learning opportunities for Boston’s youth. We hope you have a joyful holiday season. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017.
Boston Receives Wallace Foundation Grant to Help Students Develop Social and Emotional Skills
The Boston Public Schools will share a $400,000 grant with Boston After School & Beyond to devise a plan to help Boston children develop vital social and emotional skills that are linked to success in school, career and life. BPS and BASB are one of nine community partner pairs nationwide to receive a planning grant from the Wallace Foundation. Click here to learn more.
Mayor Walsh, Community Leaders Unveil New National Summer Learning Research
In November, Mayor Martin J. Walsh unveiled new summer learning results – data the Mayor used to renew calls for greater public and private investment in critical summer programs. According to new findings from the largest research study ever conducted on summer learning, high-attending students earn a clear advantage in math, reading, and social and emotional skills over their peers. Click here to read more.
Chris Smith Represents Boston Summer Learning Community at National Academies Workshop
In August, BASB’s Executive Director Chris Smith joined national experts and thought leaders for a public workshop in Washington, D.C. hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In his remarks, Smith shared the successes of the Boston Summer Learning Community with national audiences. Click here to read more.
New Legislation Will Help 20,000 Massachusetts Students Through Rigorous Summer Learning Model
Education and municipal leaders from around the state are backing House Bill 4033, a bold new bill to vastly increase access to high quality summer learning opportunities. Mayors and city leaders from Boston, Salem, New Bedford, and Worcester joined in supporting the bill, modeled after the success of Boston’s programs and filed by Rep. Alice Peisch, Chair of the Joint Education Committee. Click here to read more.
New Report Paves Pathways for Teen Exploration and Learning
This past spring, BASB partnered with the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy to release a new seminal report, entitled Beyond School Walls: Earning Credit for Expanded Learning Opportunities. At a public gathering at the ICA/Boston, education leaders discussed effective strategies for scaling expanded learning opportunities for high school students. Click here to learn 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, The Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation, STEM Next, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, The Wallace Foundation, and Yawkey Foundation.