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Preschool Education and Its Lasting Effects: Research and Policy Implications

Education and the Public Interest Center and Education Policy Research Unit, 2008. (PDF, 37 pgs.)

Amid debate over the benefit of preschool programs, this brief examines what researchers currently know about the potential of those programs to bring about positive change.

Policy Update: Cyberbullying

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), 2007. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

A brief policy update from the Policy Information Clearinghouse on cyberbullying including issues to consider and state actions to address the problem.

Personalizing the High School Experience for Each Student

ASCD, 2008. (book, available for purchase, 200 pgs.)

In research over the last decade, educators have learned to identify six areas in which high schools begin to fail their students. The authors examine these six problem areas, allowing readers to look at personalized learning in several different ways and offering six ways to engage students and prevent any from believing they are stupid.

Partners in Prevention: The Role of School-Community Partnerships in Dropout Prevention

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), 2009. (PDF, 7 pgs.)

In a study of the current dropout crisis, a NASBE study group shares how school-community partnerships can work as a critical strategy within a systemic, comprehensive model to combat the crisis. The report contains state and local examples of effective programs and policies that support school-community partnerships and dropout prevention, as well as guiding questions and numerous resources for policymakers as they grapple with these issues.

Organized Communities, Stronger Schools: A Preview of Research Findings

Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, 2008. (PDF, 33 pgs.)

Read a preview of findings from a six-year study that shows the positive impact of effective community organizing on education reform in seven urban communities. The study demonstrates that community organizing contributes to an improved learning environment and improved educational outcomes for students and stimulates important changes in policy, practices, and resource distribution that expand equity and capacity at the system level, especially in historically underserved communities.

One Dream, Two Realities: Perspectives of Parents on America's High Schools

Civic Enterprises in association with Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2008. (PDF, 23 pgs.)

Reports on findings of a survey of parents on parental involvement and other education issues.

Nine Powerful Practices

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2008. (web article)

In this article, Ruby Payne identifies nine strategies that help raise the achievement of students living in poverty including building relationships of respect, teaching the hidden rules of school, and building relationships with parents.

New Hampshire's Vision for Redesign: Moving from High Schools to Learning Communities

State of New Hampshire Department of Education, 2007. (PDF, 56 pgs.)

A report bringing together state, regional, and national resources with the work of New Hampshire educators in a plan to support the improvement of our secondary schools.

New Directions for Student Support

Center for Mental Health in Schools, 2007. (PDF, 44 pgs.)

The latest in a series of reports to explore the status of organized efforts to provide student supports, this report determines what efforts were being made to move toward developing comprehensive systemic approaches for addressing barriers to learning and teaching.

Whole Child Newsletter: Pathways to Success

ASCD, 2011 (web resource)

Did you know that recent molecular biology research has detailed how physical activity has a positive influence on your ability to learn, emotional stability, and physical health?

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Fast, Free, Online: The ASCD School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and districts, the free ASCD School Improvement Tool offers educators a comprehensive and completely online needs assessment.