BoSTEM: Partnering to invest in the future of Boston’s youth
Presented by: United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Strand: K-12 Education
Developed by United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, in collaboration with Boston After School & Beyond and Boston Public Schools, BoSTEM is a city-wide initiative that aims to ensure every middle-school student in Boston Public Schools has access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities. BoSTEM brings together a coalition of high performing nonprofits who are committed to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps for students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM learning and to inspire and prepare Boston youth to succeed in 21st century careers.
Working in collaboration with diverse stakeholders across the city of Boston, this innovative initiative ensures that students have access to programming that is culturally responsive, aligns with in-school curricula, and integrates hands-on, experiential learning opportunities with the help of the corporate sector in the form of mentoring and field trips.
This exhibit highlights our innovative approach to professional learning, wherein educators and stakeholders work together to create a collaborative, continuous feedback cycle that encourages customized, site-based strategies and supports within a framework for quality improvement.
Our goal is to ensure that every Boston middle school student has access to meaningful STEM experiences by 2022. We aim to increase STEM interest, academic success, and social-emotional skills by providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that are culturally responsive with STEM industry professionals and aligning curriculum/instruction across school and out-of-school time.