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Teaching Screenagers

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2011. (web publication)

Effectively teaching the digital generation, or screenagers, seems to involve two basics: embracing the tools that kids are immersed in and using these tools to engage students in core curriculum topics. Educational Leadership magazine shares numerous articles on connecting with digital learners.

School Citizenship Climate Assessment

Education Commission of the States (ECS) National Center for Learning and Citizenship and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, 2006. (PDF, 11 pgs.)

An assessment instrument developed to measure characteristics of the school and classroom that relate to civic competencies.

Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher

ASCD, 2006. (book, available for purchase, 125 pgs.)

The first book written by someone who is both a neurologist and a classroom teacher identifies and translates the brain research most relevant to classroom teaching.

Ready for Tomorrow: Helping All Students Achieve Secondary and Postsecondary Success

A Guide for Governors. National Governors Association, 2003. (PDF, 43 pgs.)

This guide offers advice to states on how to improve schools from kindergarten through college to prepare students to become productive citizens.

Reaching the Reluctant Learner

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2008 (web publication)

Educational Leadership magazine shares numerous articles on how students can be more effectively motivated and engaged in learning.

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.

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.

Measurement Tools for Evaluating Out-of-School Time Programs: An Evaluation Resource

Harvard Family Research Project, 2008. (PDF, 53 pgs.)

A practical evaluation tool to help practitioners and evaluators choose appropriate evaluation methods for out-of-school time programs.

2012 Kids Count Data Book

Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012. (web resource)

Each year, the Kids Count Data Book provides information and statistical trends on the conditions of America's children and families. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, Kids Count seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

IES Practice Guide: Dropout Prevention

Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2008. (PDF, 72 pgs.)

A review of the evidence on dropout prevention and suggested strategies for practice.

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