It Takes an Ecosystem: Q&A with Tom Akiva and Kim Robinson

It Takes an Ecosystem: Q&A with Tom Akiva and Kim Robinson

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The Power of Partnerships:
Exploring How a Partnership with BellXcel Influences Systems Changes

In 2021, BellXcel commissioned the Sperling Center for Research and Innovation (SCRI) to study the potential effects of its partnership model on its partners’ internal systems (for example, practices, policies, operations) and external community ecosystems (relationships, power dynamics, funding). While this exploratory study was on a small qualitative scale, the ultimate goal is to develop a multi-year research strategy to understand and capture the impact and influence BellXcel has on its partners. This longerterm study will include developing a robust logic model and rigorous measurement strategies.

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SCRI Newsletter

SCRInsider: Rethinking How, When, and Where Kids Learn

Read our insightful Q&A BellXcel Board Member and former Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville.

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SCRI Asks Paul Reville about Post-Pandemic Schooling

SCRI Asks: Q&A with Paul Reville

SCRI recently sat down with Paul Reville, Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor and education visionary, to capture his thinking about post-pandemic schooling in America.

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SCRInsider: Plan Comprehensive Evaluations to Go Beyond Tests Scores

A comprehensive summer evaluation plan is about more than math and reading tests. Gathering holistic data on your summer program allows you to go beyond answering how your program did, to understanding what was delivered and why your results look the way they do. To help you answer these and other common questions, this month we’re sharing our new Summer Learning Program Evaluation Guide. Check it out for quick, practical tips and key considerations for developing your comprehensive evaluation plan.

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Summer Learning Program Evaluation Guide

A comprehensive evaluation plan is critical to summer program quality and sustainability, and will provide you with a 360-degree view to identify program strengths as well as opportunities to improve in future summers. Use this guide to support you in creating evaluation plans that are aligned to research and evidence in order to understand your impact, reflect on quality, identify program strengths and challenges, and develop processes for continuous improvement and long-term sustainability.

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