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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..

Partner Benefits


Increase children’s academic achievement and advance their social, emotional, and physical development.


Leverage a research-backed model and demonstrate scholar acheivement  with formative assessment data.


Access high-quality literacy and math curriculum, instructional guides, and project-based learning plans designed to engage students in grades K-8 in summer and after-school environments.


Prepare K-8 educators for success and build their leadership skills through award-winning training, coaching, and ongoing technical support.


Apply best practices and innovations as they are tested and refined with scholars in BELL’s direct-service programs.

Direct-Service Partnerships

In BELL's core communities, we work closely with schools, school districts, and community organizations to mobilize talent and funding and deliver high-quality learning opportunities.  Through our direct-service partnerships, BELL leverages its infrastructure and experience to plan, deliver, and assess expanded learning programs that are aligned to school day and school year learning.  Partners tap into talent, access facilities, and to secure funding and enrich scholars' learning experience.  By combining resources and sharing program costs, BELL and our partners deliver the summer and after-school learning experiences scholars need to succeed in school, transition from grade to grade successfully, and enter high school well-prepared and determined to excel.

For more information about direct-service partnerships, please contact our leaders in your community.

Licensing Partnerships

BELL is leveraging our expertise and evidence base to teach others to deliver high-quality summer and after-school programs.  Central to this approach are shared values and a belief that every community has talent and cultural capital to serve children and families, and that by sharing knowledge with partners, we can scale proven practices and reach many more scholars, families, and communities.

Through our licensing model, BELL is strengthening the capacity of partners, such as the YMCA of the USA and its national network of Associations, to bring together school and community resources, apply a proven pedagogy, and deliver meaningful outcomes for students in grades K-8 through the Power Scholars Academy.  BELL welcomes opportunities to explore this knowledge- and capacity-building approach with schools, school districts, and community organizations throughout the country.

For more information about licensing partnerships, please contact Ashleigh Snyder, Director of Partnerships, (703) 725 - 7108.
For more information about the Power Scholars Academy, please contact crystal [dot] perry [at] experienceBELL [dot] org (subject: About%20the%20Power%20Scholars%20Academy) (Crystal Perry), Director of the Power Scholars Academy, (617) 596 - 8180.

Partnership REPORTS: Case STudies

Learn more about some of the ways we are partnering with schools and community organizations to expand learning time and boost scholar achievement through examples from Baltimore, Charlotte, and Denver.


Why partner with BELL?

How does BELL partner with schools and nonprofit organizations?

How are schools and students selected?

How are students and parents engaged?

How are staff selected?

How does BELL measure performance?

What do BELL programs cost, and how are they paid for?

What sources of public funding may be used to help pay for BELL programs?


Why partner with bell?

  1. BELL programs produce strong and positive student outcomes.
  2. BELL's programs are proven by independent, rigorous evaluations to increase student achievement.
  3. BELL delivers high-quality programs aligned with school and district goals.
  4. BELL enhances school and district capacity to deliver training and professional development, manage community engagement, and evaluate impact.
  5. BELL's practice of continuous improvement results in ongoing innovation of program models and resources that are tested and refined in BELL's direct-service programs before being rolled out to partner-driven programs.

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How Does BELL partner with school and community organizations?

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.

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How are PROGRAM LOCATIONS and students selected?

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.

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How are students and parents engaged?

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.

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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. 

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how does bell measure performance?

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.

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What do bell programs cost, and how are they paid for?

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.

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What sources of public funding may be used to help pay for bell programs?

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.

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