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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.

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.

Helping Immigrant and Refugee Students Succeed: It's Not Just what Happens In the Classroom

Center for Health and Care in Schools, 2009. (PDF, 8 pgs.)

Problematic behaviors exhibited by students have a direct impact on student success and the importance of engaging families for student academic achievement has been well documented. The challenges are more pronounced among immigrant and refugee students and their families. This research highlights a number of successful strategies used to engage immigrant and refugee families in support of their children's mental health.

Graduating America: Meeting the Challenge of Low Graduation-Rate High Schools

Jobs for the Future and the Everyone Graduates Center, 2009. (PDF, 52 pgs.)

The federal government has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to stimulate significant progress in solving the nation's graduation crisis. While high schools with low graduation rates exist in every state and many communities across the country, they are concentrated in a subset of 17 states that produce approximately 70 percent of the nation's dropouts. Data from these states are used to develop new analytic tools for examining the characteristics of schools, districts, and states that make certain approaches more likely to succeed in certain places.

Evaluation of the Kansas City CDF Freedom Schools Initiative

Philliber Research Associates, 2008. (PDF, 22 pgs.)

A recent study on the Freedom Schools summer program in Kansas City, Mo., for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade found that participants' reading skills and their attitudes toward learning improved during the school year.

Epstein's Six Types of Involvement

National Network of Partnership Schools, n.d. (web resource)

Joyce Epstein's framework of six types of involvement for families helps schools and communities develop comprehensive programs of school, family, and community partnership. Includes a brief summary of the benefits of each type of involvement for students, families, and teachers.

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.

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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.