Class of 2017 Massachusetts Teaching Fellows celebrated in graduation ceremony

Class of 2017 Massachusetts Teaching Fellows celebrated in graduation ceremony

Citizen Schools Massachusetts Teaching Fellows, staff, friends and family gathered at Citizen Schools Headquarters in Boston to congratulate TF2s as they finished their two years of service. Campus directors supervisors were on hand to personally congratulate each TF and share moments from their time at schools around Boston and Chelsea. 

AmeriCorps Matching Institutions

AmeriCorps Matching Institutions

There are a number of institutions across the US that recognize the hard work, dedication and drive of AmeriCorps members. They offer a variety of inscentives like matching tution funding to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.  See a list of participating universities in the Citizen Schools footprint below, or browse the full list here.

8th Grade Academy Inspires Creativity in Students

8th Grade Academy Inspires Creativity in Students

It was the excitement to grow as a writer that led Sanai, an 8th-grade student at Urban Assembly Unison to join Citizen Schools 8th Grade Academy. She was a member of multiple apprenticeships, and the staff was impressed by her work ethic and creativeness. Sanai was offered the chance to participate in 8th Grade Academy with like-minded peers.She credits 8GA for helping her develop as a writer and preparing her for high school with the deadlines. 

Citizen Schools Celebration of Service

Citizen Schools Celebration of Service

On Friday, June 23 Citizen Schools NY celebrated the incredible service of our AmeriCorps service members who are the heart and soul of the work we do in schools. It was a powerful evening for us to gather together and honor our AmeriCorps,  member's many accomplishments and deepen our network strength! We are thankful to have a group of amazing service fellows that served our nearly 500 students day in and day out.  

Inside Citizen Schools A Documentary Film

Inside Citizen Schools A Documentary Film

Since 2015, the staff at Cavelight Films, a New York-based production company, have led apprenticeships inspiring students to be creative, while teaching technical skills exercised in the film production field. Last spring, Jordan Ehrlich -(Cavelight Films) and Caitlin McNally -( National Geographic) guided students through a 10-week Documentary filming class at the Urban Assembly Unison Middle School in Brooklyn.  The students had the opportunity to create a documentary that showcased Citizen Schools programing at Urban Assembly Unison Middle School.

Team Up for Literacy: Highlights from our year-end Intervisitation

Team Up for Literacy: Highlights from our year-end Intervisitation

ExpandED Schools recently hosted its final intervisitation of the school year at Renaissance School of the Arts (RSA) located in East Harlem.

An Interview with Sydney Chaffee, 2017 Teacher of the Year

An Interview with Sydney Chaffee, 2017 Teacher of the Year

Sydney Chaffee came to Citizen Schools as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow, looking for a way to start her teaching career. She spent two years teaching at schools in Boston with citizen Schools before working at Codman Academy in Dorchester. Sydney was recently awarded the National Teacher of the Year award for her work at Codman Academy. We asked Sydney how her time at Citizen Schools has influenced her work as a teacher.

Bridgewater State University Alumna Profile: Anay Baez, ’16

Bridgewater State University Alumna Profile: Anay Baez, ’16

As an undergraduate, Anay Baez, ’16, enjoyed attending the annual New England LatinX Student Leadership Conference. This year, she was able to bring the event to her alma mater.

After-school programs are a lifeline for kids and parents

After-school programs are a lifeline for kids and parents

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has announced its first full budget, which calls for the elimination of federal funding for after-school and summer programs for low-income communities, known as 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

This cut would have drastic effects for working families. Federal funding for after-school programming supports 1.1 million students nationwide. An overwhelming body of evidence says that these programs help to close the opportunity gap in education, increase student academic and behavioral outcomes, and reduce school absences.

Carol Rosenberg of Google Gets Cyced for Citizen Schools

Carol Rosenberg of Google Gets Cyced for Citizen Schools

On June 3, Carol will suit-up for our first-ever spinning event, Cyced for Citizen Schools, to help raise funds for Citizen Schools programming in New York City.  We recently caught up with her to hear why she’s excited about the event - and how Citizen Schools has affected her.

Dell EMC Supports Boston After-School STEM Program

Dell EMC Supports Boston After-School STEM Program

Big tech companies like Google have stepped up in recent years to help nonprofits and organizations provide underserved students with access to education infused with technology.

After-school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs have seen success, so it’s a no-brainer that a tech giant like Dell EMC would put its support behind one.

Late last year, it was announced that Dell EMC would provide the nonprofit Citizen Schools with $100,000 to directly support hands-on STEM programs in Massachusetts.

Citizen Schools Board Chair Lawrence Summers on what Citizen Schools means to him

“Of all my associations, Citizen Schools is one that is most meaningful to me”

Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University, has long been a champion of Citizen Schools and our students. We were so glad to have him at our WOW!NOW gala in spirit, if not in person. Larry recorded a video message for us about what Citizen Schools means to him and why he’s proud to serve as our board chair.

2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee on her time with Citizen Schools

Before Sydney Chaffee was Teacher of the Year,  and before she began working at Codman Academy, she was an 8GA Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools Massachusetts. In this video she prepared for our 2017 WOWNOW Gala, Sydney shares stories from her time as a TF and what she learned from serving with Citizen Schools.  

Creating a World of Opportunity

"What those training sessions and your life's lessons can never prepare you for is what you will see when you realize that those faces staring back at you are our world's opportunity."

Former Teaching Fellow Ashley Miranda shares an original poem, inspired by her work as a TF in Boston. This video was shot and edited by Ashley's brother Elias Miranda - a former Citizen Schools student and current Massachusetts Board Member - with his production company EMP.

This video debuted at our WOW!NOW Gala last week, where we honored TripAdvsior as partner of the year.