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The Boston Foundation sponsors a series of popular events designed to engage the community with the challenges facing our city and region. These are attended by thousands of dedicated people every year.

Upcoming Events

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The Boston Opportunity Agenda 8th Annual Report Card

The annual event (being held at the Museum of Fine Arts) looks at Boston's education performance along a number of key indicators for Boston students from early education to college and beyond. Along with remarks from the Mayor's Office and leaders in education in Boston, this event will recognize the Reverend Ray Hammond, whose leadership and engagement as the Boston Opportunity Agenda's first board chair has been instrumental in its work.

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The Growing Wave of Immigration Restrictions: What's at Stake for Massachusetts?

The Boston Foundation's Grassroots Strategy in partnership with Boston Indicators and the Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund will release a detailed briefing to the general public highlighting the recent immigration-related developments such as: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Public Charge, the termination of Temporary Protected Status, and changes to humanitarian protection programs for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Recent Events

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Pathways to Stable Homes: Promoting Caregiver and Child Health Through Housing Stability

On May 16, the Boston Foundation and Children's HealthWatch, headquartered at Boston Medical Center,  released findings from the new report, "Pathways to Stable Homes." This new, innovative research documents the synergistic combination of policies designed to ensure that working families in each low-income county of Massachusetts are able to pay for rent without sacrificing basic needs. The release also included a panel discussion featuring Mass. state Rep. Marjorie Decker, Horizons for Homeless Children President Kate Barrand, and EMPath Vice President for Policy Ruthie Liberman.

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Pozen Prize announcement
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Benjamin Banneker Charter receives 2019 Pozen Prize

On May 15, the Boston Foundation announced that the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School in Cambridge, Mass., had won the 2019 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools. Robert Pozen presented the prize at an event that also included the release of a new report from the Rennie Center on the best practices of the 2018 Pozen winner, the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers.

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Boston Ed Talks 2019 group
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2019 Boston EdTalks

About 200 people joined us live at WBUR's brand-new CitySpace for a night of powerful sharing by some of Greater Boston's most-talented educators, as they presented TED-style talks on pedagogy, classroom and school management, and the personal side of teaching in Greater Boston in 2019. Click through to get a glimpse at the 8th Annual Boston EdTalks.

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Changing Faces of Greater Boston

Changing Faces of Greater Boston tells the fascinating story of our region's evolving racial and ethnic diversity. The result of a remarkable partnership between Boston Indicators and the ethnic research institutes at UMass Boston, the report explores how a global wave of immigration is bringing Boston back to its roots as a city of immigrants.

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5th Annual Deval Patrick Prize for Community Colleges

The Boston Foundation was pleased to award the 5th Annual Deval Patrick Prize for Community Colleges to Northern Essex Community College for the PIES Latinos de NECC program, which helps immigrant students apply their credentials and degrees from overseas to their current programs. Earlier in the day, TBF released a new report, "Uncovering Hidden Talent," which highlighted the impact of paid internships for community college students.

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Rebuilding Confidence in Our Private Institutions of Higher Education

Please join the Boston Foundation, Department of Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago and Board of Higher Education Chair Chris Gabrieli for a forum that will feature the findings of a report from the Working Group that they convened to address the challenges facing private colleges and their students.

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Early Childhood Research Roundtable: What Do We Know about Alignment of Learning and Care in Early Childhood?

Join us as we explore the critical issue of aligning supports and services for young children, drawing on successful models from Greater Boston, and around the country. Researchers from MDRC and the Education Development Center presented some of their research into the importance and power of alignment

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Project Catapult: Investing in Next-Generation Workforce Solutions

The Boston Foundation, SkillWorks, JVS, Resilient Coders and JP Morgan hosted a forum to highlight the release of the new Catapult Papers series of essays on the next generation of workforce development, and to discuss new initiatives to accelerate change in policy around workforce training.

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Confronting the Opioid Crisis in Massachusetts

Boston Indicators and the Boston Foundation Health and Wellness program strategy partner with PhilanthropyMA and RIZE Massachusetts for a briefing and conversation on the state's opioid crisis, what is being done to address it, and how private philanthropy can help. The event featured presentations on the scope and cost of the opioid crisis from Boston Indicators and the Mass. Taxpayers Foundation, followed by panels with experts and front-line medical staff.

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College Career and Life Readiness: A Look at High School Indicators of Post-Secondary Success in Boston

A new study from the Boston Opportunity Agenda provides insight into the trends in high school that impact post-secondary success. Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University provided key findings of the report, which focuses on Boston students. BPS Interim Superintendent Laura Perille used the Bolling Building event as an opportunity to unveil six new task forces established to help shape and improve the high school experience in Boston.

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An Uneven Path: Student Achievement in the Boston Public Schools, 2007-2017

A new report examines trends in BPS student achievement over time relative to other large urban school districts, and examines the policies that have shaped the city's success in student achievement.

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Getting It Right:  Progress and Problems Raising Science Achievement in Boston

A new report finding that Boston trails some of its peer cities and the state as a whole in science achievement on the MCAS fostered a robust discussion on how the city of Boston, its schools and its business community could do a better job bringing science into the elementary and middle school grades, and be more effective connecting students and potential STEM fields at the high school level. 

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Grade Incomplete: Implementation of the Community College Funding Formula in Massachusetts

In 2012, a new funding formula was devised to allocate the community college budget to the system's 15 schools based on enrollment, retention and positive student outcomes. This report explores the short-lived implementation of the funding formula, discusses its budgetary impacts and draws lessons that inform recommendations for future iterations of the formula.

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Census 2020, Explained: How It Works and What's at Stake for Massachusetts

Please join us for the presentation of a new Boston Indicators report on the challenges facing the upcoming United States Census in 2020. We will discuss Boston's return rate - one of the lowest in the nation - and the ways in which a low return rate can have a detrimental impact on federal funding and political representation in Massachusetts. We will also explore the role that nonprofit organizations can play in helping to ensure that every Bay Stater is counted.

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In Their Own Words: What School Leaders Say They Need to Succeed

Join us as we release the results of a survey of Lynch Leadership Academy graduates who now lead district, Commonwealth Charter and Catholic schools in Boston. The survey explored leaders' experiences with academic and professional staff development, recruitment and hiring, student support services, budgeting, and other services at their schools. It also investigated their views on whether and how these services can be delivered more effectively.

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Boston's Booming... But for Whom?  Building Shared Prosperity in a Time of Growth

The Greater Boston economy has been strong, but are the benefits reaching everyone? New analysis from Boston Indicators finds that while many segments of Boston's population have reaped benefits, income inequality persists and higher costs for items like housing are driving the middle class from the city. Learn more by watching this forum, and reading the new report, "Boston Is Booming... But for Whom?"

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The Work of Leisure; Behind the Scenes of the Massachusetts Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism Industry

At this forum, the Boston Foundation released "The Work of Leisure: Behind the Scenes of Massachusetts' Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism Industry" - the first such study in 27 years - which is a detailed report that reveals how ubiquitous this industry really is and how much influence it has. The forum included a presentation of the report and a panel discussion about the implications of its findings.

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Conference Room Space for Nonprofits

Is your nonprofit organization looking for a place to hold an event? We welcome community organizations to use our available conference room space free of charge for their meetings during our regular business hours. 

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