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Citizen Schools Supports Recommendations on How Learning Happens

Citizen Schools Supports Recommendations on How Learning Happens

 Citizen Schools strongly supports the recommendations released today by the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope” asserts that our nation is at a turning point: We now understand that social, emotional, and cognitive development underpin children’s academic learning. This breakthrough understanding about how people learn is fueling a growing movement to educate children as whole people, with social and emotional as well as academic needs.

Make For All Launches National Call to Action to Expand Support for Maker-Centered Learning for All Students

Make For All Launches National Call to Action to Expand Support for Maker-Centered Learning for All Students

December 19, 2018 - BOSTON, MA - Today, Make For All, a national coalition of leading education organizations, is issuing a 2019 call to action for K-12 schools, colleges, companies, makerspaces, museums, libraries, local governments, agencies and non-profit organizations across the country to work together and expand their efforts to support maker-centered learning, and build a strong focus on equity that reaches all students.

Citizen Schools California Appoints Three New Members to Advisory Board

Citizen Schools California Appoints Three New Members to Advisory Board

Joining the Advisory Board are Joy Harper, Tracy Meng, and Kayla Norris “All three of our newest Board members embody the mission and values of Citizen Schools and bring distinct individual skill sets. We are very fortunate to have them serve our organization as we continue to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for middle schoolers in the Bay Area ”, Maria Drake, Executive Director.

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.

 

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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/