Public School Partnerships

Public School Partnerships (PSP) is an academically focused team that cultivates strong education-based relationships with local public schools (with a specific focus in Allston-Brighton and Cambridge). The PSP team works with the district to identify responsive, innovative, and meaningful opportunities to connect Harvard faculty, staff, researchers, students, and educational initiatives to youth, families, and teachers. In addition, PSP develops and delivers college and career awareness programs, academic and cultural enrichment for youth, meaningful family engagement initiatives, events, and opportunities at the Harvard Ed Portal and directly within the schools.

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Community Partners

Action for Boston Community Development

Allston Brighton Adult Education Coalition

Charlesview, Inc.

Family Nurturing Center

Gardner Adult Education Program

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción

Jackson Mann Community Center

The Literacy Connection

Boston Public Schools

Baldwin Early Learning Pilot School

Boston Green Academy

Brighton High School

Edison K-8 School

Gardner Pilot Academy

Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Jackson/Mann K-8 School

Mary Lyon K-8 School

Mary Lyon Pilot High School

Winship Elementary School

Boston Public Library System

Honan Allston Library

Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services

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Harvard Partners


Harvard College Admissions and Financial Aid

Harvard Business School

Harvard University Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Department of Philosophy

Department of Physics

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Peabody Museum

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard College Writing Program

American Repertory Theater

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Harvard Extension School

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Harvard Medical School

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Schools play a vital role in the Allston-Brighton community. Through the Harvard Ed Portal’s partnerships with Boston Public Schools, there is an important opportunity to engage stakeholders, listen to their needs, and shape new, responsive opportunities for collaboration.

Soraya Ramos, Ed.M. '18, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Soraya Ramos

Online Education Resources

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The Public School Partnerships Team has gathered digital resources that students, families, and educators can use to support online learning. The new Online Education Resources page will be updated on an ongoing basis. You will find resources for all ages, grouped by Families, Educators, Project Teach: Harvard's Official College & Career Awareness Program, and Creating Workspaces at Home.

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Public School Partnerships Monthly Newsletter

The monthly newsletter will help connect you directly to resources related to professional development for local Boston and Cambridge educators and enrichment and curricular opportunities for students and their families. Many featured events and programs are free.

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Project Teach

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Harvard University’s official college and career awareness program

Project Teach demonstrates to seventh-grade public school students that attending college and developing career plans can be accessible, affordable, and attainable. The program helps students develop “college- and career-going identities” using a three-pronged approach that reaches students, teachers, and families. All seventh-grade students in Allston-Brighton and Cambridge participate in this program throughout the academic school year.

Please note: Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, we are unable to host students in-person on Harvard’s campus for the time being. However, we are excited to welcome students to a virtual Project Teach experience. Find more information on our Project Teach website.


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Public School Partnerships Interns

Every year, the Public School Partnerships team works with interns from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard College, and local high schools, colleges, and universities. These interns provide more than 3,000 hours of support annually to educators, students, families, and community members.

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Jose Mendoza

When he arrived in Allston from Honduras a decade ago, Allston resident Jose Mendoza’s parents wasted no time in signing him up for the mentoring program at the Harvard Ed Portal. He continued coming throughout his time in middle and high school and later returned with his two younger sisters who were also taking part in the mentoring program. His Ed Portal relationship eventually turned into a part-time job with the PSP team, allowing him to work closely with students and teachers within the Boston Public Schools, Cambridge Public Schools, and with education experts from the Graduate School of Education.

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SmartTALK: Homework Support for Kids Training

PSP partners with the Boston Public Library (BPL) to train BPL’s Homework Assistance Program mentors on SmartTALK: Homework Support for Kids. The training provides high school mentors with the tools to support children through behavior management, social and emotional support, and by aligning games to Common Core standards. Each year, the PSP team trains the BPL Homework Assistance Program mentors and these mentors reach more than 5,000 Boston students at BPL branches throughout the city.

Learn more at the Boston Public Library website


For Local Educators & Administrators

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James Bryant Conant Fellowship

The James Bryant Conant Fellowship fund was established to support the professional growth of outstanding teachers and administrators under contract with the Boston and Cambridge public schools who are accepted to Harvard Graduate School of Education degree programs. Those interested in these competitive, full-tuition awards should consult their unions or school administrative offices concerning the tenure or professional status requirements of their school systems.

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Professional Development Opportunities

PSP collaborates with Boston and Cambridge leadership, and Harvard partners, to develop and offer trainings that support professionals working inside and outside the classroom. PSP also offers professional development to out-of-school-time (OST) educators through the Harvard Out-of-School Time Learning Community (OSTLC). The OSTLC is a series of workshops that provide tools, strategies, and resources for supporting students during the academic portion of OST programs. 

Online Resources

HarvardX Presentation

HarvardX provides a form of learning that is useful, transformative, and available for learners at every stage in life. It consists of a variety of online courses that can be audited for free. Students can choose to receive a verified certificate, the fee for which could be covered by the HarvardX scholarship.

Visit the HarvardX website for more

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Harvard Partners

The Public School Partnerships team works with Harvard University faculty, museums, and research centers to develop rich and engaging programming. 

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GPA Science Classroom

Community Partners

The Public School Partnerships team collaborates with the Boston Public Schools and local organizations to integrate community resources into PSP’s work. 

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