Partnering with Public Schools
Harvard’s Project Teach program seeks to develop a college-going identity among all Cambridge Public School 7th graders and Boston Public School 7th graders who attend a school in Allston-Brighton. By working with teachers, students, and families, Project Teach demonstrates that college can be an affordable, accessible, and attainable opportunity. A cornerstone of the program includes an on-campus Harvard visit where students participate in a program tailored to their individual academic interests.
Co-developed by the Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) Science Department and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, this program benefits all 8th grade student in CPS. Students develop a science project culminating in a spring showcase on campus for CPS, families, and Harvard faculty and staff.
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School's (CRLS) marine biology students can apply to be placed in Harvard research labs as an intern. The program, which was co-developed by CRLS biology teacher Paul McGuinness and Peter Girguis, a professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, allows students to be trained and mentored by Harvard faculty and graduate students. The program has also included science career exploration opportunities for nearly 800 CRLS students.
Professional Development for local educators
Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games, and share those creations online. ScratchEd and ScratchEd Meetups were designed by a team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, led by Assistant Professor Karen Brennan, and have now spread to various locations across the United States. Harvard's Public School Partnerships team convenes meetups throughout the year to support Scratch educators.
Out-of-School Time Learning Community
The Harvard Out-of-School Time Learning Community (OSTLC) provides Allston-Brighton and Cambridge out-of-school time educators with information, promising practices, and tools to support their work in engaging families. Through a series of workshops, attendees learn about research on the relationship between family engagement and improved organizational and student outcomes from birth through high school.
Mind Matters: Families make a difference
Mind Matters uses cutting-edge research on early child development to equip families with practical skills and understanding related to the growth of the whole child. With a particular focus on children ages three to eight, this program provides families with the resources to support their children emotionally, socially, and academically. Mind Matters is currently offered to families in Cambridge and Boston.
Supporting Lifelong Learning
A faculty-driven and university-wide effort, HarvardX aims to be collaborative and representational of Harvard’s academic diversity, showcasing the highest quality offerings of the University to learners everywhere. HarvardX provides a form of learning that is useful, transformative, and available for learners at every stage in life. It consists of online courses in a variety of subjects that can be audited for free. Students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.