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With a Challenge, US2020 Spurs Effort to Bring New Learning Models to Low-Income Schools

With a Challenge, US2020 Spurs Effort to Bring New Learning Models to Low-Income Schools

Eight community organizations from across the nation were recognized today at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California for developing innovative models to scale STEM mentorship and maker-centered learning experiences for students in low-income communities.

Revolution Players Visit East Somerville Community School

Revolution Players Visit East Somerville Community School

They’re helping to start a “Revolution” on the field – and in the classroom. Members of the New England Revolution Major League Soccer team will visit students at the East Somerville Community School, at 50 Cross Street in Somerville on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 pm. as part of Citizen Schools’ apprenticeship program - which provides students with hands-on, project-based learning experiences that connect what they learn in school to real world career pathways.   Revolution starting Defender Andrew Farrell, along with Marketing Supervisor Matthew Miller and a coach from the New England Revolution Academy, will be on hand, delivering school necessities donated at a recent Revolution home game and playing soccer with the students.

US2020 Announces National STEM Coalition Challenge

US2020 Announces National STEM Coalition Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 10, 2017 – Today US2020 announced the launch of the STEM Coalition Challenge, a call to action for nonprofit organizations, school districts, universities, businesses, and public offices to increase the quantity and quality of STEM volunteerism and maker-centered learning across the country. The challenge will expand the US2020 Learning Network to a total of 16 locations, reaching more than 25,000 children within the first year of programming.

US2020 Honors Leaders of the STEM Mentoring Movement

US2020 Honors Leaders of the STEM Mentoring Movement

This morning, US2020 announced the winners of the third annual US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards. The awards are a national platform to celebrate and encourage exceptional work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentoring. Awards were handed out at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where national leaders in this field are discussing strategies for advancing STEM opportunity in the United States.

Google.org Expands Major Funding for Citizen Schools in Bay Area

Google.org Expands Major Funding for Citizen Schools in Bay Area

Redwood City, CA—August 1, 2017 – Today, Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit that partners with public schools to provide academic enrichment in underserved communities in four states, is announcing a major financial investment of $500,000 from Google.org, bringing the company’s total support of Citizen Schools to over $4.5 million.

Google.org Expands Major Funding for Citizen Schools in New York

Google.org Expands Major Funding for Citizen Schools in New York

Today, Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit that partners with public schools to provide academic enrichment in underserved communities in four states, is announcing a major financial investment of $500,000 from Google.org, bringing the company’s total support of Citizen Schools to over $4.5 million.

Google.org Expands Major Funding for Citizen Schools in Boston

Google.org Expands Major Funding for Citizen Schools in Boston

Boston, Mass—August 1, 2017 – Today, Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit that partners with public schools to provide academic enrichment in underserved communities in four states, is announcing a major financial investment of $500,000 from Google.org, bringing the company’s total support of Citizen Schools to over $4.5 million

Baker-Polito Administration Appoints STEM Advisory Council for 2017-2018

Baker-Polito Administration Appoints STEM Advisory Council for 2017-2018

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito recently appointed 29 members to the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council. The STEM Advisory Council strives to expand access to quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth.

Citizen Schools Expands Focus on Applied Science with Support from Dell

Citizen Schools Expands Focus on Applied Science with Support from Dell

Today Citizen Schools, a national leader in providing project-based apprenticeship learning for middle school students in high-need, public school districts, announced, with support from Dell, its plan to expand its focus on applied science apprenticeships for students across the country. Dell joins AmeriCorps, Biogen Foundation, Cisco and Fidelity as a National Leadership Partner, Citizen Schools’ lead corporate investors.

Houston Super Bowl Host Committee and NFL Foundation Donate $4 Million to 78 Houston Non-Profit Organizations

HOUSTON, TX (Feb. 2, 2017) – Touchdown Houston, a charitable giving program created by the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee (HSBHC) in partnership with the NFL Foundation, will contribute $4 million in grants to 78 local, non-profit organizations, it was announced today. A long-term contribution to the city, these grants will leave an impact on all 11 counties of Houston by concentrating on three key areas: education, health and community enhancement.

Citizen Schools First Recipient of Funding from New Organization Life Science Cares

Citizen Schools First Recipient of Funding from New Organization Life Science Cares

Boston, MA - Life Science Cares, a new organization that unites the human and financial resources of the life sciences sector in the fight to end poverty in Greater Boston, has selected Citizen Schools as one of its first recipients of a donation to a nonprofit organization. Citizen Schools is a national organization, based in Boston, which partners with middle schools in six states to provide educational enrichment through Expanded Learning Time (ELT) programs held during after school hours.

Gates Foundation and Citizen Schools Using Digital Courseware to Improve Education

BOSTON – October 24, 2016 – Citizen Schools, a national non-profit that extends the learning day for students in lower income communities, will continue piloting and evaluating digital courseware to learn more about how best to integrate technology into Expanded Learning Time (ELT) for middle school students, thanks to a continued grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The $250,000 grant continues the foundation’s support for the pilot program Citizen Schools launched last year. More than 1,000 students from public school districts across the country will take part in this program.  Data gathered at the sites will examine barriers to experimentation with digital courseware and continue exploring ways to improve product efficacy.

“We at Citizen Schools look forward to continuing the important work of evaluating digital courseware,” said Emily McCann, CEO of Citizen Schools. “We are in the unique position of being able to offer feedback from expanded learning sites across the country as well as offer constructive product improvement ideas based on what our students and staff learn. We appreciate the commitment the Gates Foundation has once again shown to students facing socio-economic challenges both at home and during their school day.”

Citizen Schools is offering resources and coaching at the pilot sites to facilitate planning and execution of the product testing. Year two of the pilot will include more targeted training for front-line program staff, and an emphasis on applying data gleaned from using from the digital courseware to drive academic support strategy.

The locations included in this program are:

California:

  • Joseph George School in San Jose

Illinois:

  • Carter School in Chicago
  • Woodson School in Chicago

Massachusetts:

  • Wright School in Chelsea
  • Browne School in Chelsea

New York:

  • Academy for Future Leaders in New York City
  • Renaissance School of the Arts in New York City
  • Isaac Newton Middle School in New York City
  • Global Tech Prep in New York City
  • Urban Assembly Unison School in New York City

Texas:

  • Sugar Grove Academy in Houston

The grant also supports Citizen Schools’ ongoing participation in the Learning Assembly, a national network of organizations piloting and evaluating ed-tech innovations with schools across the country. Citizen Schools will report learning-to-date from the pilot project as part of a panel discussion during the upcoming iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium, Oct. 25-28 in San Antonio, TX.

 

Media Contact:

Darcie Fisher Ellis Strategies, Inc. darcie@ellisstrategies.com | 774-281-3506

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/

National Survey Shows Strong Parent Support for Technology in the Classroom; Suggests Gaps and Opportunities in Implementation

CHICAGO, IL - October 20, 2016 - The Learning Assembly, a national network of education organizations that help educators rigorously implement and assess innovative tools to support teaching and learning, today released the results of a national survey of K-12 public school parents designed to gauge their perceptions of technology use in school. According to the survey, parents see a growing role of technology in schools, with 66% of parents indicating that technology use has increased over the past few years. The survey also shows that while 93% of parents believe in the use of technology to tailor student learning, only 1 in 3 believe that schools are currently doing an excellent job using technology for this purpose.

"Parents don't see technology as a silver bullet, but the data suggests that they do see a link between smart implementation of technology and the kind of tailored, personalized education that they want and expect for their children," said Phyllis Lockett, CEO of LEAP Innovations, a Learning Assembly member working with Chicago schools to personalize learning. "It's absolutely critical that we provide teachers and schools with the training and supports to use technology effectively to create meaningful, personalized learning experiences for every child."

The Learning Assembly, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a network of seven nonprofit organizations Citizen Schools, Digital Promise, Highlander Institute, iZone, LearnLaunch, LEAP Innovations and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation working with schools across the country to improve learning outcomes by applying and testing new tools and strategies in the classroom.

The poll's findings reflect a shift, in recent years, from a focus on access to technology in the classroom to the purposeful implementation of technology that can help educators to better engage students, differentiate instruction, and improve student learning. Parent views on technology, according to the survey, appear to vary based on the perceived quality of implementation. Parents who report their children's schools are doing an "excellent" job using technology to tailor learning are two and a half times more likely to report that their children learn more and that their children are more engaged than parents who report their schools are doing a "fair" or "poor" job.

The poll also found that:

  • 84% of parents say they want their child to have access to educational technology outside of school to extend learning time beyond the school day. However, only 36% of parents of children who use devices in school report that their children have more opportunities to learn outside the classroom;
  • While 87% of parents believe in the potential for technology to positively impact student learning, only 35% of parents whose children use devices in school say their children have learned more because of technology;
  • Among parents who say technology is being used more in their child's school, 64% say it has become more integrated into the way teachers teach and students learn;
  • Commonly used education terms aren't necessarily understood by parents. Only 44% said they were confident they understood the term "personalized learning" as it relates to their child's education, while four in 10 (43%) understood "competency based education," and only 31% understood the phrase "21st century skills"; and
  • 41% of parents say digital communication is the most frequent way they communicate with teachers (including email, text, and digital applications).

Last school year, Learning Assembly member organizations partnered with 101 schools and 368 teachers serving 13,400 students to pilot and evaluate education technologies and innovative teaching strategies in cities including Chicago, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area. These organizations help schools select the right learning tools to support their goals, provide training and support for educators, and identify which approaches are improving outcomes for students.

"Parents want their child to have a personalized learning experience, and believe technology can play a supporting role in the classroom," said Emily McCann, CEO of Citizen Schools, a nonprofit that works with middle schools in six states across the country to close the opportunity gap. "These findings demonstrate the importance of our organizations' collective mission to help schools build the capacity to wisely choose, deploy, and evaluate innovative tools and strategies in the classroom."

Read the poll at: www.LearningAssembly.org

The poll was conducted by YouGov September 9 - 16, 2016 with a sample of 1,000 parents with kids in public schools and margin of error of +/- 3.8%.

About the Learning Assembly We believe that by fostering collaboration between great educators and technology innovators, we can truly transform learning. The Learning Assembly members include Citizen Schools, Digital Promise, Highlander Institute, iZone, LearnLaunch, LEAP Innovations and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The members of the Learning Assembly collaborate with educators, edtech companies, and research partners to:

  • Rigorously assess and curate the best edtech tools in the market;
  • Collaborate with teachers and schools to identify the best edtech tools to support teaching and learning;
  • Provide edtech companies with critical feedback from teachers and students to improve their products; and
  • Raise the bar for quality in the edtech market by analyzing and sharing evidence of learning outcomes.

Citizen Schools STEM Programs Get A Boost From Dell EMC

BOSTON-- Oct. 3, 2016 - Citizen Schools is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 gift from Dell EMC. The gift affirms Dell EMC’s continuing commitment to Citizen Schools following its historic merger, building upon EMC’s long-time support of Citizen Schools.  Citizen Schools is a national non-profit focused on enriching the education of middle school students in six states through Expanded Learning Time (ELT) programs held during after school hours. “We are grateful for this generous donation from Dell EMC to support our STEM programs for over 1,500 students in Boston and Chelsea,” said Megan Bird, Executive Director of Citizen Schools Massachusetts. “As one of our deepest partners, we greatly value the support from EMC over the last six years, and look forward to continuing this relationship with Dell EMC.”

“Dell EMC is committed to closing the learning gap and giving young people access to the technology and skills they need to thrive in a connected world,” said David Goulden, President, Dell EMC. “We’re incredibly pleased to build upon our long relationship with Citizen Schools, and applaud the great work they do through their Expanded Learning Time programs for the communities in which they serve.”

This gift will directly support Citizen Schools hands-on STEM programming at sites in Massachusetts, for the 2016-2017 school year. Students who participate in STEM apprenticeships with Citizen Schools report 80% interest in pursuing a STEM career compared to 33% nationwide.  Since 2008, EMC has contributed more than $1.4 million to Citizen Schools programming in Massachusetts, North Carolina and California. In that time, EMC employees have taught over 55 semester-long apprenticeships in science and technology fields including engineering, aviation, internet security, web design, robotics and entrepreneurship.

 

Media Contact:

Darcie Fisher

darcie@ellisstrategies.com  | 774-281-3506

 

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/

Mack and Moxy, The Kids’ TV Show About Causes, Premieres on Netflix Streaming October 1

Los Angeles, California, September 28, 2016:  Mack & Moxy, a new kids’ TV series produced by Socially Dynamic Entertainment in association with Bardel Entertainment and 12 national charities, will begin streaming on Netflix October 1st. Mack & Moxy features Mack, a lovable moose-like lummox, and Moxy, a feisty whirlwind of a raccoon/fox-inspired go-getter, who find engaging ways to help younger kids (ages 3 – 7) become more empathetic and learn about important issues such as Autism inclusion, literacy, hunger, wildlife preservation, emergency preparedness, STEM Education, the power of play, National Parks and the great outdoors, seat belt safety, physical fitness, eating healthy and more. These important issues are explored with a combination of animation, live-action and engaging music in relatable 14-minute episodes in which Mack and Moxy, together with a helpful Trooper, set out to rescue another Great Helpee in a far-off mystical place called HelpeeLand.

The series emphasizes the concept of empathy, celebrates the joy of helping others and teaches kids life-long lessons of charity and compassion. The series has been rolling out on PBS stations this year, with a 300% increase in airings between August and September thanks to the producers securing high-profile stations including KLCS in Los Angeles and WETA in Washington D.C. Now, to add to the momentum and just in time for National Bullying Prevention Month in October, Mack & Moxy will be available to families everywhere streaming on Netflix beginning October 1st.

Series creator Brahm Wenger has an extensive record of developing quality kid’s entertainment with Disney and Air Bud Entertainment.  Wenger and his partner Alan Green (who co-authored the award-winning “Dewey Doo-It” book series together) set out to create a children’s series that would be like nothing else on the air.  “Kids can be inundated with media and news that can seem very troubling and this can be scary and confusing for the younger citizens of our community. That’s why we wanted to give kids a ray of hope. Mack & Moxy shows them that, no matter how young they are, they can begin to make a difference by looking outside themselves to a shy classmate who might just need a friend or by volunteering with their parents at a local food bank or library.”

 

Through their passion for this project, Wenger and Green were able to enlist a remarkable line-up of high-profile charity partners and celebrity guests who are enthusiastic about working together to make Mack & Moxy a truly authentic (but fun!) learning experience. Each segment is developed with a charity partner who lends their expertise to crafting the subject matter in a way that is accessible to younger children. Celebrity guests, thrilled to be involved with this project, make cameo appearances in each episode to help Mack & Moxy on their adventures.  Celebrities for Season 1 include Keegan-Michael Key, Josh Duhamel, Kal Penn, Dean Norris, Eva LaRue, Rachael Ray, Matt Lucas, Melissa Fumero and Hank Azaria (who voices “Shelfish Sheldon,” Mack and Moxy’s nemesis).

 

Twelve of America’s leading nonprofits and government organizations partnered with Mack & Moxy for season one: American Heart Association; American Red Cross; Citizen Schools; Easterseals; Feeding America; Safe Kids Worldwide; National Park Foundation; Orange County Sheriff’s Department; Playworks; President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition; Save the Children and World Wildlife Fund.

Mack & Moxy‘s major underwriters for season one include: SanDisk, IKEA, Elizabeth Pang Fullerton, the Deeann and Al Baldwin Foundation, ConAgra Foods, Graco Children’s Products, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, QVC and True Drinks. Additional funding is provided by Pacific Gas & Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric, Edison International, the Bernard P. Novak Foundation, and Mendability.

Mack & Moxy is produced by Socially Dynamic Entertainment in association with Vancouver, Canada-based animation studio Bardel Entertainment (Jake and the Neverland Pirates; Puss in Boots; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

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