Current program status

Boston Partners in Education is closely following the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, formerly referred to as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, in Greater Boston and across Massachusetts. As the situation develops, our primary concern is for the health and safety of our students, teachers, volunteers, staff, and community members.

In accordance with Boston Public Schools closures, we are suspending all in-class volunteer mentoring sessions in BPS for the duration of the 2019-20 school year. At present, we are continuing to work with educators and the BPS central office to identify virtual mentoring opportunities for students and volunteers.

For questions about our COVID-19 response, please email or call (617) 451-6145.

What we’re doing now

We understand the burden that our school leaders, teachers, students, and parents are experiencing right now, and we’re eager to support in any way we can. We’re striving to mobilize our base of 600+ academic mentors to support the various needs of Boston Public Schools partners during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Boston Partners team is communicating with teachers and school leaders to better understand their immediate needs and determine the best ways to provide support, including through online mentoring services. Currently, we’re partnering with BPS to pilot two distance mentoring opportunities with high school students in need of extra support. All academic mentors are invited to participate – even if you were previously working with younger students or with a different program. Please see how you can get involved below.

Virtual Mentoring Opportunities

1. Quarantutors with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
We’re partnering with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School to pair mentors with each of their senior students who are struggling with classes and have to complete online credit recovery in order to graduate in June or August. A Quarantutor’s commitment will be 2 hours/week in the form of check-ins and Google Hangouts. Students need a mentor to help them balance their credit recovery coursework, stay motivated, and review their work. School counselors will do a match and introduction, and the school headmaster will have a Zoom call with all Quarantutors to kick things off. Session times are flexible and can be arranged between the mentor and student.

2. BPS High School to Teacher Program (HSTT)
HSTT is a district-wide pathway that identifies and cultivates culturally, linguistically and racially diverse high school students who will become the educators of tomorrow. Volunteers will provide one-on-one mentoring in subject content areas (Math, ELA, Science) and professional development, including college access and readiness, financial literacy, leadership, resume building, and teacher preparation. A mentor’s commitment is twice a month for one hour on either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. All mentoring will be conducted online and you will receive orientation and training prior to start.

As this situation evolves, so too will our response – please stay tuned for more updates about how you can help us in this work.

More information on COVID-19

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