Our vision is for all children to excel.
BELL exists to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced communities.
Because we believe in the tremendous potential of all children to excel, we recognize them as scholars.
All children need opportunities to learn in order to fulfill their potential in school and in life. We work to create high-quality learning opportunities for the children who need them most so that they, too, can develop the skills, interests, and determination to excel. Research shows that a lack of learning opportunities outside of school – and in particular, a lack of summer learning opportunities – causes up to 2/3 of the academic achievement gap between children from low-income communities and their higher-income peers.
We build educational equality by mobilizing schools and communities and expanding learning time beyond the traditional school day and school year. By bringing the classroom into the community, and the community into the classroom, we aim to redefine how, where, and when learning occurs so that every child has the opportunity to learn and engage and excel.
We deliver evidence-based programs, and train others so that they can apply what works in their community. Our approach is based on strong partnerships with schools and nonprofits, through which we create a rich learning experience that blends rigorous academic instruction, mentorship, hands-on enrichment activities, and community engagement.
In BELL programs, scholars experience success, gain self-confidence, and become more prepared and motivated to succeed in the classroom. Our program and partnership models also help parents become more engaged in their child's education. Scholar success and parent engagement leads to increased engagement in learning and school attendance, higher grades and test scores, and increased graduation rates.
Our programs serve scholars from pre-Kindergartden to 8th grade throughout the United States.
We are a national organization, born in Boston. You can learn more about each of our communities here.
BELL's expanded learning programs are guided by five core essentials. These principles are present in each BELL program site and are strongly connected to central goal goals of our programs.
BELL Summer eliminates summer learning loss and increases scholar achievement.
After School Learning
BELL After School accelerates learning and narrows the achievement gap.
A special initiative aims to help scholars read on grade level by the end of the 3rd grade.
Partnerships with schools and nonprofit organizations are central to BELL's impact and sustainability.
At BELL, your children are scholars. We have high expectations for children, and provide high-quality learning opportunities that help them fulfill their potential while meeting the needs of parents and families.
Our full-time staff helps build a stronger organization and expand our impact in schools and communities nationwide. We are a diverse and talented team of ~60 professionals working in departments such as Human Resources, Development, Information Systems, Impact and Innovation, Program Evaluation, Finance, and more. Our national headquarters is located in Dorchester, Massachusetts and we have regional offices in Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio.
The BELL team operates under the same five core values that our scholars do: excellence, learning, courage, collaboration and respect. To learn more about our office culture, take a look at photos from our All-Staff Convening, our staff Jingle Competition, monthly birthday/anniversary celebrations and more.
Opportunity to serve scholars
Each year, BELL hires nearly ~1,500 professionals to serve our scholars in various capacities. BELL’s Program Managers, Lead Teachers and Program Assistants partner with schools, coach BELL’s teaching staff, connect with parents, and help us deliver transformational learning experiences for scholars.
BELL’s team of educators, including Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Enrichment Instructors, work closely with a small group of scholars in a co-teaching environment to expand learning time.
It takes a lot of talent to serve scholars with excellence. Program training is designed to help educators employ the latest instructional and assessment tools and practices. To learn more working with a BELL after-school or summer program, take a look at photos from our program sites.
Summer 2016: A few highlights of BELL in the News
Was the perfect summer job for me while I was in college studying to be a teacher. Gained experience delivering instruction in small groups under the mentorship of a certified teacher.
None that I can think of
I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Building Educated Leaders for Life (New York, NY).
Nothing extensive. Quick questions and experience working with children, and how I enjoy it or not. Did I prefer to work in a particular borough? Working with others? Scheduling and pay rate. Training was mentioned and was informed I needed to attend.
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