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BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/20/2014: BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: THE B E L L FOUNDATION INC

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AKA  BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
Dorchester, MA
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BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/20/2014: BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: THE B E L L FOUNDATION INC

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Also Known As: BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
Physical Address: Dorchester, MA 02122 
EIN: 04-3182053
Web URL: www.experiencebell.org 
NTEE Category: B Educational Institutions
B90 Educational Services and Schools - Other
Ruling Year: 1994 


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Mission Statement

BELL exists to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced, urban communities. In an effort to reverse a history of educational inequality, BELL offers robust after school and summer learning experiences to over 10,000 children in grades K-8 across the nation. Founded and headquartered in Dorchester, MA, BELL has been partnering with Boston Public Schools for twenty years to deliver programming for Boston children who may not otherwise have free access to quality tutoring, enrichment learning, and social support. BELL currently serves approximately 2,000 children across Boston, with a primary focus on families in traditionally underserved communities, such as Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.

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Dr. Tiffany Cooper Gueye

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Since Jan 2008

Profile:

Tiffany began with BELL in 1998 and is regarded as an authority on out-of-school-time learning, measurement, and evaluation. Through her leadership, BELL's programs, outcomes and evaluation methods have been nationally recognized as examples of best practices. She has been honored for her work by the Massachusetts Conference for Women and received Boston College's Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award. She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Evaluation and Measurement, both from Boston College.

Leadership Statement:

At BELL, we work hard to inspire and motivate extraordinary performance and high aspirations -- among those who teach or volunteer in our programs, among the parents who enroll their children in BELL, and most directly among the children we have the privilege to serve. At the center of our work are several core beliefs: All children have tremendous potential. All children are born with innate abilities and talents that are to be discovered over their lifetimes. All children can excel. Our model is simple and strong. In small group settings, we provide innovative, data-driven instruction in reading and math. Instruction is delivered by certified teachers and college students, selected based in part on their skill and experience, but largely on their commitment to BELL's scholars. Our uniform quality of service across the communities we serve ensures that all BELL scholars will be provided the rich educational experience and support they deserve, regardless of where they live or the circumstances in which they were born

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Programs

Program: BELL Summer (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,350,062
Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

BELL Summer helps keep scholars on track and make learning gains over the course of the summer by providing more time on task to develop key academic skills. BELL Summer operates 5 days a week for 5-6 weeks each summer. Scholars benefit from 2 hours of literacy instruction and 1 hour of math instruction. Classes are led by certified teachers with the assistance of tutors. Small class size allows for individualized teaching. Rigorous and regular assessments, using standardized math and literacy tests, allow for data-driven instruction. Two, 1 hour enrichment blocks offer hands-on exposure to subjects such as STEM, arts, music, journalism, sports, etc. In addition to academics, a central focus of BELL Summer is to give scholars a sense of purpose, as well as the self-confidence needed to become leaders. We accomplish this through program elements geared toward leadership and character development as well as civic responsibility. BELL also offers opportunities for parent engagement.

Program Long-Term Success:

Scholars in BELL Summer make significant progress in their academic development, entering the next school year more prepared to succeed. The aim of BELL Summer is to help bridge the achievement gap for low income students, setting them on a track for high school graduation and secondary education.

Program Short-Term Success:

Based on standardized diagnostic tests, administered pre-and-post-program, our scholars make the following improvements:1. Scholars, on average, gain grade-equivalent skills in math and literacy 2. Scholars, on average, make increases in percentile rank in math and literacy Based on parent and teacher surveys: 1. 75% of scholars show improved self-confidence as a result of BELL2. 75% of scholars show an improved attitude toward learning as a result of BELL3. 75% of parents are satisfied with BELL's programming.

Program Success Monitored by:

BELL uses a combination of standardized diagnostic tests, periodic quizzes, and surveys to track outcomes and success. At the beginning of BELL Summer, BELL administers standardized assessment tests to determine scholar skill level. Throughout the course of BELL Summer, BELL administers quizzes to evaluate scholar progress and tailor instruction. At the conclusion of BELL Summer, diagnostic tests are administered again, to determine change in skill level over the course of the program. Parent and teacher surveys are administered at the end of BELL Summer to assess changes in scholars' self-confidence and attitude toward learning, as well as overall parent satisfaction with BELL programming.

Program Success Examples:

When Mariah finished the 6th grade, she was having difficulty in school - particularly in math - and was often disengaged in the classroom. Her teachers encouraged her to enroll in BELL Summer. During BELL Summer, Mariah's teacher, Mr. Williams, encouraged her to work hard and focus on her math skills. At the start of each day, he honored scholars for their hard work, and Mariah found herself being recognized often for her effort. Mariah also enjoyed the enrichment component of BELL Summer, where she learned how to play tennis, participated in a course introducing scholars to law, and visited the New England Aquarium. Mariah beams as she recalls a field trip to Boston College where she checked out the biology lab, explaining that she wants to be a vet. In the span of five weeks, Mariah transformed from a disengaged student struggling in math to an excited scholar eager to learn. "BELL Summer helped me do better in school. I got an A in math and a B+ in ELA,"" Mariah explains.

Program: BELL After School (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,025,021
Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

BELL After School provides small group instruction and tutoring to children who are performing below grade level. The program operates 3-4 days a week for 2½ hours during the school year. Scholars benefit from intense literacy & math tutoring using research-based, data-driven curricula. Instruction is led by certified teachers and tutors at a low 1:10 teacher/tutor to scholar ratio. Rigorous assessments throughout the course of the school year allow for data-driven instruction. Our After School program supplements and expands school-day learning in a way that allows our scholars to keep pace with their school work.

Program Long-Term Success:

Scholars in BELL After School make significant progress in their academic development during the school year. With the extra time-on-task that BELL provides, struggling scholars gain skills that help them to stay on pace with their peers during the school year. The aim of BELL After School is to help bridge the achievement gap for low income students, setting them on a track for high school graduation and secondary education.

Program Short-Term Success:

Based on standardized diagnostic tests, administered pre-and-post-program, our scholars make the following improvements:1. Scholars, on average, make increases in percentile rank in math and literacy Based on parent and teacher surveys:1. 75% of scholars show improved self-confidence as a result of BELL2. 75% of scholars show an improved attitude toward learning as a result of BELL3. 75% of parents are satisfied with BELL's programming.

Program Success Monitored by:

BELL uses a combination of standardized diagnostic tests, periodic quizzes, and surveys to track outcomes and success. At the beginning of BELL After School, BELL administers standardized assessment tests to determine scholar skill level. Throughout the course of BELL After School, BELL administers quizzes to evaluate scholar progress and tailor instruction. At the conclusion of BELL After School, diagnostic tests are administered again, to determine change in skill level over the course of the program. Parent and teacher surveys are administered at the end of BELL After School to assess changes in scholars' self-confidence and attitude toward learning, as well as overall parent satisfaction with BELL programming.

Program Success Examples:

Fourth grade scholar Aries has come a long way since he first enrolled in the BELL After School program four years ago as a Kindergartener. He used to be very timid, and he was not outgoing. "He used to have difficulty with reading," his mother, Annette, explains. "Now, everything he brings home is 100, or even 105 with extra credit words -- you know he's using fifth grade words and he's in the fourth grade" she beams. She continues, imitating her son: "Right now, I'm not struggling any longer. Right now, I'm good, I pick up a book as soon as I get home, I do my homework." Annette is thrilled with the progress she has seen Aries make in BELL and in school. Ms. Laura, BELL's Site Manager, keeps Annette posted on her son's performance. She sends home progress reports that detail his performance, and makes time to help Annette understand how she can best support his continued development

Program: BELL Summer OELL (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,523,147
Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

This summer, BELL and the Boston Public School (BPS) Office of English Language Learners (OELL) will offer summer learning to 880 ELL students, in grades 2-8, with limited English Language Proficiency. BELL and BPS OELL are committed to utilizing summer as a critical intervention time for English Language Learner (ELL) students, who comprise nearly 30% of the district's student population.BELL scholars will come from various neighborhoods across the city, and convene at over 10 BPS school-based sites for programming. Program sites will include the following schools within the Circle of Promise: Blackstone, Holland, and Orchard Gardens Schools.Scholars will benefit from literacy instruction led by certified ELL teachers using a curriculum designed specifically for ELL students. Literacy instruction will be supplemented with math instruction and enrichment experiences such as STEM, art, music, physical education etc.

Program Long-Term Success:

Scholars in BELL Summer make significant progress in their academic development, entering the next school year more prepared to succeed. The aim of BELL Summer is to help bridge the achievement gap for low income students, setting them on a track for high school graduation and secondary education.

Program Short-Term Success:

Based on standardized diagnostic tests, administered pre-and-post-program, our scholars make the following improvements:1. Scholars, on average, gain grade-equivalent skills in math and literacy 2. Scholars, on average, make increases in percentile rank in math and literacy Based on parent and teacher surveys:1. 75% of scholars show improved self-confidence as a result of BELL2. 75% of scholars show an improved attitude toward learning as a result of BELL3. 75% of parents are satisfied with BELL's programming.

Program Success Monitored by:

BELL uses a combination of standardized diagnostic tests, periodic quizzes, and surveys to track outcomes and success. At the beginning of BELL Summer, BELL administers standardized assessment tests to determine scholar skill level. Throughout the course of BELL Summer, BELL administers quizzes to evaluate scholar progress and tailor instruction. At the conclusion of BELL Summer, diagnostic tests are administered again, to determine change in skill level over the course of the program. Parent and teacher surveys are administered at the end of BELL Summer to assess changes in scholars' self-confidence and attitude toward learning, as well as overall parent satisfaction with BELL programming.

Program Success Examples:

We look forward to sharing a success story at the end of the summer.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

The immediate goals of BELL After School and BELL Summer are to increase scholars' academic skills, build scholars' self-confidence, and deepen parent involvement in their child's education. Ultimately, BELL aims to accelerate the academic growth of low-income students with the long-term goal of closing the academic achievement gap between low-income students and their higher income peers. We aim to help schools and districts turn around school performance, and reverse a history of educational inequality in the under-served urban centers of the United States. We work to expand BELL's impact, increase the evidence base of the effectiveness of BELL programs, and disseminate knowledge and best practices in out-of-school time learning to schools and districts. Our ultimate benchmark for success will be realized when all children read, write, and perform math at or above grade level, have access to high-quality expanded learning time in their communities, and fulfill their potential as scholars and leaders. BELL Scholars consistently make impressive academic and social gains. Instead of experiencing summer learning loss, scholars gain reading and math skills over the course of BELL's programs. Additionally, most BELL parents feel more engaged in their child's education because of BELL and believe that BELL increases their child's self-confidence. BELL has established the following goals for our scholars: *Instead of losing academic skills over the course of the Summer, BELL Summer scholars will stay on track academically and enter the following school year prepared to succeed.*BELL scholars will show improved math and reading skills as evidenced by increased percentile rank scores and grade equivalent gains.*BELL scholars will show improved self-confidence*BELL parents will feel more engaged in their child's education because of BELL

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BELL is one of the only nationally scaled after-school providers for elementary schools. They have a strong academic curriculum that generates measurable outcomes for students. Unlike most after-school providers (who often provide care and little else), BELL sees after-school as an opportunity to extend learning time beyond the school day. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They perform strong evaluation. Nonprofit Senior Staff
This recommendation is based on BELL's positive impact on participant test scores through its after school and summer programs. BELL targets youth with low socioeconomic status in elementary and middle school to boost academic skills in english and math. Foundation Professional

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BELL is well scaled, has a clear distribution structure, and delivers consistent programs at their sites in multiple states. While I knew their founder well and respect him tremendously as a leader, I've not had a chance to get to know the new leadership. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have good leadership. Nonprofit Senior Staff
BELL has a strong executive team in place, including its executive director, which has been with the organization for over 13 years. The organization has witnessed impressive growth the past 3-5 years and is projected to continue its accelerated rate of growth in the near future. Additionally, BELL's partner school districts praise the organization's site level staff and have provided numerous accounts of positive feedback. Foundation Professional

Areas for Improvement

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From what I've seen, the instructional aspects of their program could be tightened a bit and brought into more alignment with state (and potentially national) content standards. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have limited reach as their model does not reach large numbers of youth. Nonprofit Senior Staff
BELL must continue working to secure additional implementation sites and maintain the fidelity of its programs as its continues to expand into new geographies. Foundation Professional
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