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.

Introducing Citizen Schools' New Development Coordinator, Wesley Thompson!

Introducing Citizen Schools' New Development Coordinator, Wesley Thompson!

Citizen Schools California welcomed a new staff member, Wesley Thompson, Development Coordinator. Wesley will work to create new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with foundations and individuals who share Citizen Schools California’s goal of expanding opportunity to all Bay Area middle school students.

Colleen Heath Named ACEC Young Professional of the Year

Colleen Heath Named ACEC Young Professional of the Year

BOSTON – CDM Smith is proud to congratulate Colleen Heath, PE, this year’s recipient of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) Young Professional of the Year Award. The award promotes the accomplishments of young, diverse and talented engineers by highlighting their professional contributions and the resulting impact on society. Heath accepted her award on Wednesday, March 15 at the ACEC/MA 2017 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala.

Volunteer Program Connects Underserved Students with Practical Science

Volunteer Program Connects Underserved Students with Practical Science

A memory popped up on my Facebook feed this morning of an event five years ago today at Neal Middle School in Durham.

Students gathered in the gym to make contact with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Astronaut Nancy Currie was there to share her experiences living in space, and students asked questions of Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the station.