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Engaged for Success: Service-Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention

Civic Enterprises, 2008. (PDF, 32 pgs.)

This report posits that because service-learning brings meaning to classroom lessons and engages students in hands-on activities; students who participate are less likely to drop out.

The Progress of Education Reform - Summer Learning

Education Commission of the States, 2009. (PDF 6 pgs.)

Transcending the punitive and remedial model of summer school, summer learning’s new form is an artful blend of core academic learning, hands-on activities, 21st century skills, arts, sports and meaningful relationships.

The Progress of Education Reform: Citizenship Education

Education Commission of the States, 2010. (PDF 5 pgs.)

This issue of The Progress of Education Reform examines research on what constitutes citizenship education, how citizenship education contributes to the acquisition of 21st century skills and civic learning opportunity and achievement gaps.

The Progress of Education Reform - Service Learning

Education Commission of the States, 2009. (PDF 4 pgs.)

The term service-learning is used frequently these days, but confusion remains as to what it is and why it matters. More importantly, are there any measurable benefits? This issue of The Progress of Education Reform looks at four research studies that explore the impact of service-learning on student achievement and civic engagement.

Educational Engagement: A Successful Strategy for Academic and Civic Achievement and Success

Education Commission of the States, 2007. (PDF, 4 pgs.)

This issue of the Progress of Education Reform features highlights of K-12 research on student engagement, a civic orientation and building resiliency. Taken together, they provide a useful, up-to-date look at evidence on the merits of engaging students for achievement and success. It also includes policy implications based on the research, as well as links to studies and resources on student engagement in higher education.

Educating for Democracy: Lessons from Chicago

Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2008. (PDF, 20 pgs.)

This summary report of research conducted in Chicago Public Schools concludes that providing particular kinds of classroom civic learning opportunities can very meaningfully support the development of students' commitments to civic participation.

Counting on Graduation: An Agenda for State Leadership

The Education Trust, 2008. (PDF, 10 pgs.)

An agenda to improve graduation rates and data collection on the rates themselves.

Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change

Forum for Youth Investment and Impact Strategies, 2007. (PDF, 32 pgs.)

Important but simple youth engagement principles for a wide range of organizations, including schools, youth organizations, or community centers that want to strengthen their commitment to youth leadership, or community-change focused organizations or coalitions that want to strengthen their commitment to youth involvement.

Communities In Schools and The Model of Integrated Student Services: A Proven Solution to America's Dropout Epidemic

Communities In Schools, 2008. (PDF, 8 pgs.)

This report documents the linkage between well-designed and implemented community-based programs and significant improvements in student and school performance.

Career Academies: Long-Term Impacts on Labor Market Outcomes, Educational Attainment, and Transitions to Adulthood

MDRC, 2008. (PDF, 63 pgs.)

Career Academies have become a widely used high school reform initiative that aims to keep students engaged in school and prepare them for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment.

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