The Connected Beginnings Training Institute:
The Connected Beginnings Training Institute develops and coordinates training efforts aimed at enhancing the social and emotional well-being of young children within their families, their communities, and their early care and education programs.
The Center for Assessment and Screening Excellence (CASE) was created to improve assessment and screening in early childhood education across the state, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. This center also oversees the administration of QRIS courses for early childhood educators.
The Pathways Project was designed to serve adult English language learners (ELLs) in the field of Early Education and Care and provide access to higher education. Focusing on both early childhood education (ECE) and contextualized writing/communication courses, the program is intended to foster both educators' content knowledge and English-language acquisition. Pathways enhances its curriculum and instructional approach with academic, literacy, and social support services designed with the adult English language learner in mind.
Read about the Impact our Early Childhood Programs are having across Massachusetts.
Educator Mentor Corps (EMC) mobilizes skilled, experienced educators to prepare, inspire, and retain the next generation of educators in the Greater Boston area
Social Work Corps (SWC) mobilizes skilled, experienced social workers to inspire and support new and future social workers in the field and support under-resourced organizations located in the Greater Boston Area
The Boston Family Engagement Partnership:
Boston Family Engagement Partnership - In collaboration with a diverse cohort of Boston public, charter and parochial schools, the Aspire Institute seeks to significantly advance family-school engagement to promote children's learning and development. Specifically, the Aspire Institute and 11 partner schools will design and pilot the Boston Family Engagement Partnership (BFEP) over the 2012-2013 School Year.
STEM Education Initiatives:
The STEM Teacher Enhancement Project (STEP) offers fully online, graduate-level math and science education courses for elementary teachers. These courses are the first online course clusters approved by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education leading to Professional licensure.
STEM Mobile Application - The Aspire Institute is currently developing a web/smart phone application that provides accessible, engaging, and daily information in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to parents of third, fourth, and fifth graders. This application will place STEM learning at the fingertips of families and student. Click on the link to learn how to get involved.
Science Inquiry for Out of School Time Professionals - With grant funding from NASA, this online module was designed for out of school time teachers, site leaders or anyone involved in developing out of school time curriculum. It is meant to help you better understand science inquiry in the out of school time classroom and model more effective pedagogical strategies of teaching science.