Research & Action Report, Spring/Summer 2012

Wellesley Centers for Women research and action initiatives are funded primarily by federal, state, and corporate grants and contracts. Several new and continuing projects received funding over the past six months.

STEM in Afterschool Matters
Project Director: Georgia Hall, Ph.D.
Funded by: Noyce Foundation

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) will contribute to an 18-month science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in out-of-school-time (OST) initiative featuring the collection, development, and dissemination of cutting-edge research and writing on the topic of STEM in OST, utilizing the resources and connections of the Afterschool Matters journal and the National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship.


Undergraduate Science Education Grant Evaluation
Project Director: Michelle Porche, Ed.D.
Funded by: Howard Hughes Medical Institute with Wellesley College

Michelle Porche, Ed.D. and Nancy Marshall, Ed.D. will work with the Wellesley College Science Center to evaluate student outcomes from the College’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Grant. The Wellesley Centers for Women will develop a detailed evaluation, design, select and develop appropriate assessments, collaborate with the Office for Institutional Research and team members to collect data, conduct data analyses, prepare reports, and provide feedback from the evaluation to Science Center and College representatives.


Additional Funding


The National Institute on Out-of-School Time at the Wellesley Centers for Women received support for training, technical assistance projects, and continuing evaluations from Hispanic Unity of Florida, Inc.; Amherst Public Schools; Zero to Three; Boston After School & Beyond; Wyoming Afterschool Alliance; Housing Families Inc.; Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston; United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania; the United Way of Massachusetts Bay; and Reebok International.

The Open Circle program at WCW received various gifts from friends and supporters of the social and emotional learning program.

Monica Ghosh Driggers, J.D. received support from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance to facilitate review of Victims of Crime Act grant applications.

Nancy Marshall, Ed.D. received support from the Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Programs to conduct a needs assessment in grades K through three. Marshall also received support from Associated Early Care and Education for consultation on child assessments.

Joanne Roberts, Ph.D. received support from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to conduct observations for early childhood and afterschool programs applying for advanced ratings in EEC’s Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D. received support from Associated Early Care and Education to provide training for Associated staff on child assessment measures.