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PRESS RELEASE: Tom Birmingham Joins Citizen Schools Massachusetts as Executive Director

CONTACT:  Holly Trippett, Citizen Schools, 617-695-2300 x1161 or 301-452-3904, hollytrippett@citizenschools.org

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TOM BIRMINGHAM JOINS CITIZEN SCHOOLS MASSACHUSETTS AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

March 4, 2014 – Boston, Mass. – Citizen Schools announced today that Tom Birmingham, former President of the Massachusetts State Senate, has joined the organization as Executive Director of Citizen Schools Massachusetts. Citizen Schools is a national organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities through academic mentoring and skill-building apprenticeships. The Massachusetts program partners with six schools in Boston and Chelsea.

Birmingham brings deep knowledge of local politics, expertise in education reform, and passion for public education to Citizen Schools’ work in Massachusetts. He served in the Massachusetts State Senate from January 1991 – January 2003 and in 1996 was elected as President of the Senate. Birmingham served as Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Education and was instrumental in drafting and passing the Education Reform Act of 1993, a sweeping education bill focused on raising standards for educators, students and administrators and widely credited with setting Massachusetts up for its current success relative to other states across the country.

Most recently, Birmingham served as Senior Counsel for Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. He joins the organization with a personal passion for expanding the learning day and creating opportunities for low income students in our community.

“I am eager to join the Citizen Schools Massachusetts team that has already guided thousands of underserved students on a path to personal and professional success. There is unfinished work to be done in public education and too many of our children are falling behind in spite of our gains as a Commonwealth,” said Birmingham. “I believe Expanded Learning Time (ELT) is a key strategy for closing the achievement and opportunity gap and Citizen Schools has the best model I know with a proven track record of results in Boston, Chelsea, and nationally.”

“I am thrilled that Tom will be leading our work in Massachusetts,” said Pat Kirby, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Citizen Schools and former Citizen Schools Massachusetts Executive Director. “As a key architect of our Commonwealth’s education reform law, he understands both the progress we have made and the continued challenges our poorest students face locally and around the state.”

About Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support, in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit http://www.citizenschools.org/.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Citizen Schools Names Lawrence H. Summers as Chair of National Board

CITIZEN SCHOOLS CONTACT: Holly Trippett, 301-452-3904, 617-695-2300 ext. 1161, hollytrippett@citizenschools.org

LAWRENCE H. SUMMERS CONTACT:  Kelly Friendly, (650) 387-0042, kelly.friendly@larrysummers.com

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CITIZEN SCHOOLS NAMES LAWRENCE H. SUMMERS AS CHAIR OF NATIONAL BOARD

November 19, 2013 – Boston, MA – Citizen Schools today announces Lawrence H. Summers as the Chair-elect of its national Board of Directors. Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University and former Treasury Secretary of the United States. Andrew Balson, current Chair of the national Board of Directors, will announce Summers’ new role during a breakfast organized by Citizen Schools, “Education and the Economy: A Conversation with Lawrence H. Summers,” today at the law offices of Edwards Wildman.

Slide shown during Larry Summers' remarks at the event.

Slide shown during Larry Summers’ remarks at the event.

Founded in Boston, Citizen Schools partners with public middle schools in low-income communities nationwide to expand the learning day through academic mentoring and skill-building apprenticeships. The nonprofit is a leader in expanded learning time (ELT) since opening its first ELT program at the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown, MA in 2006. An expanded day partner at 24 schools in seven states, Citizen Schools external evaluations indicate that its students achieve gains in learning that are as large or larger than top charter schools and exceed the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines for successful school turnaround.

Slide shown during Larry Summers remarks at the event.

Slide shown during Larry Summers’ remarks at the event.

“Citizen Schools is developing a new model for a longer, more engaging, and more effective school day,” said Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools. “I am excited Larry Summers has agreed to Chair our Board of Directors. He brings a deep understanding of education and its connection to economic growth and fairness.  With his leadership, Citizen Schools is positioned to build on its track record of innovation and growth.”

“I am honored to be named Chair of Citizen Schools’ national Board of Directors,” said Summers. “Citizen Schools’ proven model offers an innovative and scalable solution to re-imagining what the school day of the 21st Century should look like.”

Summers will succeed Balson, who will remain on the board.

Slide shown during Larry Summers' remarks at the event.

Slide shown during Larry Summers’ remarks at the event.

“On behalf of the board, I am excited to welcome Larry as the new Chair of the Board and work closely with him to deepen and expand Citizen Schools’ already considerable impact on education,” said Balson.

Summers will join the Board of Directors immediately and will become the Chair in early 2014. In the last two decades, Summers was the Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama and served as the 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton. In addition to his work in academia, government, and the private sector, Summers has long held a deep interest in education. Among other involvements, he serves on the executive committee of the Teach For America national board.

About Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support, in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit http://www.citizenschools.org/.

 

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Citizen Schools to Participate in American Graduate Day 2013!

Citizen Schools to Participate in “American Graduate Day 2013,” Live National Multiplatform Event to Keep Students on the Path to Graduation, Premieres September 28 on Public Television

Broadcast to Showcase Citizen Schools’ Efforts to Address the Needs of At-Risk Kids

This video will appear during Citizen Schools’ segment on American Graduate Day.

American Graduate Day 2013, will premiere live this fall, Saturday, September 28 from 12 noon- 7 pm EST on public media (check local public television station listings),  marking a long term commitment to helping communities tackle the nation’s dropout crisis and preparing students for success with a high school diploma. Through the power and reach of public media, communities across the county will be invited to take an active role and become an “American Graduate Champion for local youth by volunteering their time, talent, or other resources.

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PRESS RELEASE: Citizen Schools Texas Hosts Sold-Out Luncheon

CONTACT: Alan Bordelon, Citizen Schools, 713-529-4006 ext. 2606, 917-391-6800, alanbordelon@citizenschools.org

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CITIZEN SCHOOLS TEXAS HOSTS SOLD-OUT LUNCHEON

Benefit Raises More Than $116,000 for At-Risk Middle School Students

September 25, 2013 – Houston, TX - Middle school students in four Houston Independent School District schools will get a boost after the sold-out second annual Citizen Schools Texas Luncheon. The benefit celebrated the partnerships that make it possible for Citizen Schools to provide a longer learning day and engaging connections with about 100 volunteer professionals and 570 students this year.

Held on September 25th at The Junior League of Houston, the event raised over $116,000 for Citizens Schools, a national non-profit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the school day and bring more relevant learning experiences for children in low-income communities.

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PRESS RELEASE: Alison Townley Joins Citizen Schools California as Executive Director as its Footprint Expands

CONTACT:  Holly Trippett, Citizen Schools, 617-695-2300 x1161 or 301-452-3904, hollytrippett@citizenschools.org

 

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ALISON TOWNLEY JOINS CITIZEN SCHOOLS CALIFORNIA AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AS ITS FOOTPRINT EXPANDS

The Nonprofit Will Serve More Schools in the Bay Area this Academic Year

September 12, 2013 – Redwood City, CA – Citizen Schools announced today that Alison Townley has joined the organization as Executive Director of Citizen Schools California.  Citizen Schools partners with middle schools nationally to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities through academic mentoring and skill-building apprenticeships. The California program partners with schools in East Palo Alto, Oakland, Redwood City, and San Jose.

Townley brings deep organizational leadership and educational experience to Citizen Schools’ work in California, with a long and illustrious career in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Her past experience includes marketing and brand strategy positions at L’Oreal, Core Group, Inc., Chevron and Dreyer’s, and she most recently served as the Executive Director of Playworks, an Oakland-based national nonprofit. Townley, a two time Olympian in the sport of rowing, earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, where she studied social anthropology and psychology. Townley joins Citizen Schools with a personal passion for closing the opportunity and achievement gaps between the high and low income kids in our community.

“I’m excited to join the Citizen Schools California team that has guided thousands of underserved Bay Area students on a path to success in middle school and beyond by providing a unique combination of enhanced expanded learning time and apprenticeships with professionals,” said Alison Townley. “The organization leverages the best of its public and private partnerships to achieve measurable outcomes and change kids’ lives.”

Citizen Schools’ California footprint recently expanded when it launched partnerships at Joseph George Middle School in San Jose and Ronald McNair Middle School in East Palo Alto.  The partnerships extend the learning day by three hours, augment classroom teaching, and introduce Citizen Schools’ unique mentorship and apprenticeship programs. Joseph George Middle School launches the organization’s partnership with Alum Rock Union School District. The longer school day at both middle schools will serve the entire sixth grades and smaller cohorts of seventh and eighth graders at Ronald McNair Middle School.

In the expanded hours, students will receive academic support from AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows, participate in skill-building apprenticeships, and take an English Language Arts “academic league” aimed at raising proficiency. The hands-on apprenticeships offer enriching learning experiences taught by volunteer professionals, or Citizen Teachers, from across the Bay Area who share their expertise and passion in engaging ways.

This year, the organization will also offer more AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows a pathway to receive their teaching certification during their two years of service with the program. Through a partnership between Citizen Schools and the Reach Institute for School Leadership, eight AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows at Joseph George Middle Schools are working toward their single subject teaching credentials in English or Math. They will lead instruction in the extended learning day, and co-teach with experienced teachers in the morning, as well as attending subject area Professional Development with Alum Rock District teachers.

Nationwide, Citizen Schools is launching nine Expanded Learning Time (ELT) programs this fall, including programs in East Palo Alto and San Jose. The organization aims to increase the number of students who benefit from an expanded learning day and further validate Expanded Learning Time as a turnaround strategy for consistently low-performing schools.

About Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of educators to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support, in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit http://www.citizenschools.org/.