For nearly a decade, Harvard has helped public schools and community-based organizations in Boston and Cambridge boost learning opportunities for children through research-based learning strategies, tools, access to campus resources, and professional development for teachers and school leaders during in-school and out-of school time.
One of Harvard’s partners is City Year, the education focused non-profit organization that links young people who dedicate a year of full-time service to support the academic achievement ofchildren in urban schools.
In a blog post this week, City Year chronicles the five-year Harvard/City Year Boston Partnership, which emerged from the organizations’ shared goal of providing high-quality supports for student achievement in the Boston Public Schools.
Harvard has equipped City Year with its SmartTALK program, an approach to homework and academic time that included a broad range of hands-on learning games and resources across grade levels. It’s also provided a suite of training tools and learning resources, and provided on-site training to corps members in their SmartTalk approach. More information on SmartTALK, including access to ready-to-use training tools and professional development resources can be accessed online.
Today, City Year corps members and school teachers are using the tools during school and in after school settings, including family engagement nights focused on English Language Arts and math.
Over the years, City Year and Harvard have partnered in more than a dozen Boston Public Schools.