2020-2021 Blackstone Valley Education Foundation Program Listing

ART IN THE VALLEY

This year will be the 14th year for Art in the Valley; a two day art show held in the beginning of April. Approximately 30 teachers and 400 young artists in grades K-8, representing over 30 schools, display a wide variety of art that has been compiled over the course of the school year. Well over 1,000 parents, friends, and community members attend the two day show each year. Art in the Valley fosters an appreciation of art and culture by showcasing the art curriculum of the Valley schools and welcomes the community to immerse themselves in a creative atmosphere. By opening its doors to the community, Art in the Valley facilitates conversations in art and culture through the eyes of the student artists.

SCHOOL GRANTS

School districts with membership in the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation are invited to submit proposals for funding under one of our three grant programs. Click Here for Details and Applications.
The three current grant programs, Lampin Grants, BVEF Innovative Academic Grants, and Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Education Grants, are made possible by contributions from local businesses that have a strong commitment to local education and to the mission of BVEF. With the support of these businesses, these grants would not be possible.

S.T.E.M. CONFERENCE in partnership with Tufts University – Science Technology Engineering Math

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University will once again partner with us to host a one day conference on October 22, 2016. This Saturday program enables about 110 7th and 8th grade students from BVEF member school districts to participate in the annual STEMKids Conference. Science, Math, or Technologyteachers guide the selection process, augment student preparation and outcome, and participate with the students on the day of the Conference. Students experience multiple workshops as they move between classrooms and labs. They interact with career professionals in veterinary science, healthcare, manufacturing, library science, informaton technology, gamine, technical writing and much more. The event also includes a parent workshop at which participants learn about STEM careers, college admission, and financial aid.

CLICK HERE for quotes from some of the 2016 S.T.E.M. student participants!

BLACKSTONE VALLEY YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The Youth Leadership Academy is a unique program of the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation and seeks to develop the leadership skills of young people and strengthen their connection to the Blackstone Valley.

CAREER FOCUSED STUDENT TRIPS

Business Visits
Tours, Q&A panel discussions, team-building exercises, and interactive learning surrounding career options.

College and University Visits
Presentations and hands on learning focused around future career options.

The Annual Business and Education Forum is an opportunity for schools, local businesses, and community leaders to come together to collaborate on how to prepare students for the workforce.  The theme for 2017 focused on the importance of student workplace experiences.  Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito congratulated the statewide leadership role Blackstone Valley is taking in promoting student job engagement.  Eight members of the Massachusetts Legislature also attended and voiced their support for continuing BVEF and business partnerships that play such a critical role in identifying and developing the future workforce for the region.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS

We create programs that expose teachers to a variety of industries and current career paths, allowing them to extend their knowledge and curriculum beyond the classroom.   Recent PD days have focused on English, History and Technology.

Curriculum Networking Series
The goal of BVEF’s Curriculum Networking Series (CNS) is to provide teachers from BVEF full and affiliate member school districts with a forum to discuss topics of mutual interest with colleagues teaching the same subjects; to develop a network of professional contacts within common academic disciplines; and to strengthen collaboration between BVEF staff and teachers to develop relevant services and programs for upcoming years. A BVEF staff member moderates the discussion and any relevant topics, such as best practices in classrooms, curriculum, resources to share, elective course offerings, lesson plans, integration of technology, solutions to scheduling challenges, etc. Comments or questions can be raised by any participants 

School Counselor Network

Educator Trips to Businesses, Colleges, and Universities

JOB FAIRS/ CAREER FAIRS

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University will once again partner with us to host a one day conference on October 22, 2016. This Saturday program enables about 110 7th and 8th grade students from BVEF member school districts to participate in the annual STEMKids Conference. Science, Math, or Technologyteachers guide the selection process, augment student preparation and outcome, and participate with the students on the day of the Conference. Students experience multiple workshops as they move between classrooms and labs. They interact with career professionals in veterinary science, healthcare, manufacturing, library science, informaton technology, gamine, technical writing and much more. The event also includes a parent workshop at which participants learn about STEM careers, college admission, and financial aid.

CLICK HERE for quotes from some of the 2016 S.T.E.M. student participants!

Additional Services

  • Virtual Sessions for both students and educators on a variety of topics (FY2020-2021 a focus on soft skills, leadership skills, college search and admissions, financial aid)
  • Communications to school districts & businesses- Social media, quarterly newsletters, meetings
  • College and Career Readiness Advisory Committee
  • Collaborative efforts with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regarding Career Pathways goals and Connecting Activities
  • Partnership with MassHire Central Region Workforce Board enables schools to benefit from their programs and services www.MassHireCentral.com

BVEF Program Sponsors

For more information please contact Holly McNeil, hmcneil@BVeducationfoundation.org