School partners can play critical roles in meeting the learning needs of students while stimulating their interests. Partners activate students’ understanding of academic content while enhancing skill development.
Through the Advancing Quality Partnerships (AQP), Boston After School & Beyond empowers organizations that serve Boston Public Schools (BPS) students to provide high quality social-emotional learning opportunities and to communicate with schools about the skills that students practice and develop while on their watch. Members of this community of practice engage in three activities over the course of the school year:
Use common units of measurement to assess and describe youth participation in their programs, plus the skills that their students practice, the degree to which they develop them, and the quality of programming from a youth development perspective.
Convene twice per year to review cohort-wide measurement results and discuss emerging policy and practice regarding social emotional learning and school-community partnerships.
Participate in periodic professional development opportunities focused on systemic needs identified through measurement activities, strategic priorities for BPS, and promising practices and trends in out-of-school time learning.
In addition, BASB provides members of the AQP community of practice with comprehensive program quality reports that include school day outcomes at the program level such as average attendance rate, measures of academic achievement, and BPS school climate survey results, as well as AQP-wide comparisons for each metric. AQP members may also become school year Innovation Sites– BASB and BPS’s partners that test and adopt new approaches to building strong school-community partnerships, creating learning environments, and recognizing student achievement across settings. The estimated in-kind value that BASB provides to each member of the AQP community of practice is valued at $9,000 annually.
For more information about AQP, please contact Ellen Dickenson.