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Our impact is driven by partnerships. Scholar success is greatest when schools, nonprofits, and communities work together and share responsibility for their full range of academic, social, emotional, and physical development.
We partner with schools and community organizations who recognize that by combining resources and targeting expanded learning time where it is needed most, we can collectively increase student performance and have a far greater impact on narrowing opportunity and achievement gaps than any single organization can attain acting alone.
In 2015, superintendents, principals, and partners across 35 communities and 21 states are partnering with BELL to expand summer and after-school learning and enrichment opportunities..
BELL partners with schools and nonprofits to expand learning time and boost student achievement.
BELL's summer and after school programs boost student achievement, strengthen their social skills and self-esteem, and help them do better in school. BELL works with principals, district leaders, and community partners to tailor expanded learning programs that address the needs of their students.
In BELL's direct-service programs, it manages program implementation, hires and trains teachers and other program staff, organzies field trips and other program activities, evaluates performance, and raises private funding to pay a portion of program costs. School and community partners define criteria for student participation, provide access to classrooms, auditoriums, and other school facilities, provide meals and snacks, and contribute public funding.
In BELL's licensing partnerships, it trains schools and nonprofits to plan and implement high-quality programs through professional development, coaching, and technical assistance, while also measuring program quality and impact.
Principals and superintendents and community partners typically define expanded learning priorities. For example, some partners focus on strengthening the grade level reading skills of scholars in elementary school; others focus on supporting the transition into middle school or high school. Some school district partners centralize summer learning programs and transport students from across the district to those sites, while in other communities programs are held at a large number of schools for students attending those schools.
Once students are identified for participation in BELL programs, we work with principals, teachers, and partners to design a scholar recruitment process. In some cases, schools and partners lead parent outreach activities. In others, BELL leads parent outreach. BELL manages enrollment data and tracks and reports on scholar attendance and performance.
BELL collaborates with school and communitiy partners to hire high-performing certified teachers to lead academic instruction. BELL and its partners also recruit and hire paraprofessionals, college students, specialty instructors, and other community members to fill additional roles in its program models. BELL provides training, professional development, and ongoing coaching.
BELL utilizes computer adaptive assessments, social skills assessments, skills-based quizzes, a series of principal, teacher, parent, and scholar surveys, and a set of quality metrics such as attendance and classroom ratios to measure performance. Learn more about our measurement process.
The cost of BELL's programs varies based on the number of scholars served, program and partnership design and schedule, and local wage rates. BELL and its partner share responsibility for program costs. BELL and nonprofit partners raise philanthropic support from local and national sources while schools and school districts provide public funding and in-kind resources.
Some of the public sources of funding that can be used to expand learning time with BELL include Title I and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
The Wallace Foundation recently published research that further details sources of public funding being used to support summer and after school learning programs that support the academic achievements, health, and safety of our nation's young people.