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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.

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.

Business Coalition Leaders Speak out on Education

DeHavilland Associates with the Business/Education Partnership Forum, 2007. (PDF, 18 pgs.)

A detailed report of key findings from a survey of business coalition leaders on their experiences working with schools and districts.

Afterschool Programs: Making a Difference in America's Communities by Improving Academic Achievement, Keeping Kids Safe and Helping Working Families

Afterschool Alliance, 2008. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

A summary of research findings of afterschool programs improving academic achievement, keeping kids safe, and helping working families.

Achieving Graduation for All: A Governor's Guide to Dropout Prevention and Recovery

National Governor's Association, 2009. (PDF, 48 pgs.)

This report shares reform strategies that build a comprehensive approach to dropout prevention and recovery. Lowering dropout rates statewide expands opportunities for youth to be successful in college, career, and life; strengthens communities and civic engagement; and helps achieve economic growth.

Child Trends DataBank: Young Adults

Child Trends, 2012. (web resource)

The Child Trends Databank is a one-stop source for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being. This information is provided by Child Trends, a national leader in the field for over 30 years.

Child Trends DataBank: Adolescents

Child Trends, 2012. (web resource)

The child Trends Databank is a one-stop source for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being. This information is provided by Child Trends, a national leader in the field for over 30 years.

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