2018 by the Numbers

  • $29 million invested since 2002

  • 22,000 Boston students reached each year

  • 125 school partners

  • 98% of K-8 BPS students receive weekly, year-long arts education

  • 63% of BPS high school students receive arts education

School Solutions Seed Fund

In 2018 we awarded $190,000 to 9 promising projects through the School Solutions Seed Fund. In April we hosted the annual Urban Education Showcase and awarded the Philip L. Gordon Award to the Haitian Kreyol Dual Language Program at the Mattahunt Elementary Schoo. In total these projects will serve 3,500 students and reaching 63 schools.

School on the Move Prize

On October 31, 2018, EdVestors announced Donald McKay K-8 School in East Boston as the winner of the 13th annual School on the Move Prize. In recognition of its improvement, the McKay received a $100,000 prize, public recognition, and the chance to share its improvement strategies with others. This year we will partner with the Rennie Center and the McKay to develop a case study outlining the McKay’s successful strategies. We will highlight and share this work broadly with the field.

We were also honored to congratulate the two finalist schools, which have also achieved significant improvement for students over the past four years: the Oliver Hazard Perry K-8 School and the Oliver S. Snowden International High School. An anonymous donor at this year’s event donated an additional $10,000 to each runner up that each received $20,000 for their achievements.

BPS Arts Expansion

Through BPS Arts Expansion, 17,000 more BPS students now receive arts, compared to 2009. Thanks to our public and private partners working together over the nine years, Boston has emerged as a national leader among urban districts working to expand arts education. As we implement Phase 4 (2018-2021), we seek to make even more progress deepening art instruction to the best practice, twice-weekly in-school arts instruction while building sustainability of expanded arts education in Boston.

Zeroing in on Math

Zeroing in on Math (ZioM) was able to reach 16 schools, 131 teachers and 3,850 students with improved math practices in school year 2017-2018. Students continued to make sizable progress, averaging 1.3 years of grade equivalent growth initiative-wide compared to expected growth of .9 years (based on the STAR assessment). Even more promising are the results from the Deeper Learning Cohort where students averaged 1.5 years of grade equivalent growth.