Partnering with Public Schools
Harvard’s Project Teach program seeks to develop a college-going identity among all Cambridge Public Schools seventh-graders and Boston Public Schools seventh-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 is a Harvard campus visit in which students participate in a program tailored to their individual academic interests. More than 600 students participated in Project Teach during the 2018-19 academic year.
Codeveloped by the Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) Science Department and Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, this program benefits all eighth-grade students in CPS. Students develop a science project, and the program culminates in a spring showcase on Harvard's campus for CPS, families, and Harvard faculty and staff.
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS) marine biology students can apply to be placed in Harvard research labs as interns. 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 to share those creations online. ScratchEd and ScratchEd Meetups were designed by a team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, led by Associate 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.
RISE: Reimagining Identity, Self, and Excellence
RISE started in Spring 2019 as a conference for Allston, Brighton, and Cambridge high school juniors to get a jump start on thinking about life after high school. And in 2020, it expanded to add free, virtual programming in addition to the virtual conference! The goal of these workshops was to help students prepare for life after high school by exposing them to a wide range of careers and building skills for school, work, and life in general.
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 3 to 8, 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 a variety of online courses that can be audited for free. Students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.
Public School Partnerships Newsletter
The Public School Partnerships Newsletter is a monthly newsletter that connects Boston and Cambridge educators directly to local professional development opportunities, current events, and online resources for learning, exploring, and growing in education. Many featured events and programs are free.