News & Notes

  • Aug 18, 2014
    After a successful pilot conducted entirely in Spanish last year, the Somerville community partners organizing the Powerful People program now plan a 12-week leadership program conducted in English. 

    The program focuses on "emerging leaders" -- individuals from immigrant and lower income backgrounds whose voices need to be heard in Somerville. Powerful People begins in October, and applications are being accepted now through September 15, 2014.

  • Aug 18, 2014
    After a successful pilot conducted entirely in Spanish last year, the Somerville community partners organizing the Powerful People program now plan a 12-week leadership program conducted in English. 

    The program focuses on "emerging leaders" -- individuals from immigrant and lower income backgrounds whose voices need to be heard in Somerville. Powerful People begins in October, and applications are being accepted now through September 15, 2014.

  • Feb 28, 2014
    Beginning in March, students will receive "interactive homework" via cell phone, which will ask them to send a text response to a question or leave a voicemail responding to a pre-programmed robocall. The Welcome Project will compare learning gains from this group with other students not enrolled in the pilot program. The Welcome Project will report its results to the First Literacy Innovation Lab next fall, along with recommendations of how interactive homework could be applied in other classrooms at The Welcome Project and elsewhere with the goal of increasing student learning. Beginning in March, students will receive "interactive homework" via cell phone, which will ask them to send a text response to a question or leave a voicemail responding to a pre-programmed robocall.