2020-2021 Blackstone Valley Education Foundation Program Listing
Below are a list of our upcoming programs for the 2020-2021 school year.
BVEF full member school districts have an annual opportunity to apply to any of our four grants (BVCC Community Education/Transportation Grant, Lampin Grant, Unibank Enrichment Grant, and BVEF Innovative Academic Grant) to support innovative programming aimed at increasing students’ college and career readiness.
Hosted annually in collaboration with BVEF, one hundred 7th and 8th grade students representing BVEF full member school districts attend workshops conducted by employers representing various STEM industries on Tufts University campus to learn about possible careers in STEM.
A two day show bringing communities together where approximately 400 student artists in grades K-8, representing over 30 schools, display a wide variety of art. Well over 1,000 parents, friends, and community members attend each year. Art in the Valley fosters an appreciation of art and culture by showcasing art curriculum highlighting necessary skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and inventiveness that help to shape future careers.
With a challenging six month curriculum that culminates with the creation and implementation of individual service projects, BVYLA seeks to develop the leadership skills of an annual cohort of freshman and sophomore students representing full member school districts. By meeting at different locations throughout the Blackstone Valley, students learn about the both the rich history in each community as well as the skills necessary to become leaders in their schools, communities, and future workforce.
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.
An opportunity for schools, local businesses, community leaders, and legislatures to come together to collaborate on how to prepare students for the workforce.
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.
Curriculum Networking Series
An opportunity for educators to gather with colleagues who teach the same/similar content area to discuss best practices and share resources.
School Counselor Network
School counselors meet to discuss a specific topic, problem solve, and/or share best practices and resources.
Educator Trips to Businesses, Colleges, and Universities
Career focused trips for educators where information and resources are shared through tours and interactive panel discussions covering the education, technical skills, and soft skills needed for students to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce.
Bringing students and employers together to explore available job opportunities and/or internships and required competencies.
- Virtual Sessions for both students and educators on a variety of topics (FY2020-2021 a focus on STEM, 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
For more information please contact Erika Baum, ebaum@BVeducationfoundation.org