2019 Seed Fund Investments

In January 2019, eight new recipients of EdVestors’ School Solutions Seed Fund grants launched a diverse set of approaches that tackle core issues in urban education. In applying, each school identified its top challenge – the one standing between where they were at the time and where they wanted to be – and designed a solution that would clear the way to success for their students. Through the School Solutions Seed Fund, EdVestors makes grants of $5,000 to 10,000, and the educators leading these initiatives learn from their own implementation and from each other throughout the spring.

Supporting Immigrants and their Families

English for New Bostonians with Boston International & Newcomers Academy (BINcA) (Dorchester)

  • Engage immigrant families of high school students by developing a course tailored to parents’ language and informational needs, in partnership with BINcA students

BPS Office of English Learners with Umana K-8 School (East Boston)

  • Align instruction across different English Learner programs to prepare former SLIFE students to transition seamlessly into Dual Language classrooms to become bilingual and biliterate

McCormack Middle School (Dorchester)

  • Give voice to immigrant students to share stories through photography and writing to empower them as agents of change in their communities and to strengthen literacy

Building Culturally Responsive and Affirming Schools

Nathan Hale Elementary School (Roxbury)

  • Close literacy achievement gaps for boys of color and engender a love of reading by engaging students and their families through culturally responsive and affirming texts

P.A. Shaw Elementary School (Dorchester)

  • Equip teachers with the historical and cultural context to integrate a theme of “literacy as freedom” throughout the curriculum to empower students as learners and close achievement gaps

Strengthening Classroom Instruction

James Otis Elementary School (East Boston)

  • Transform elementary science instruction to an inquiry-based, student-centered approach

Edwards Middle School (Charlestown)

  • Strengthen middle school students’ academic vocabulary to improve understanding of complex texts and increase academic achievement

Academy of the Pacific Rim (Hyde Park)

  • Improve high school students’ ability to match with “best-fit” colleges and financial aid opportunities, increasing the likelihood of college persistence and reducing student debt