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The Challenge of Addressing Equity of Opportunity for All Students:Broadening the Work of the Equity and Excellence Commission

Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, 2013. (PDF, 16 pgs.)

The Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA's ENEWS is a forum to link with those who are concerned with enhancing policies, programs, and practices related to addressing barriers to student learning and promoting mental health in schools. It augments the ways the Center shares information and facilitates interchange and networking. This issue of the center's ENEWS looks at the Equity and Excellence Commission’s 2013 report to the Secretary of Education entitled: For Each and Every Child – A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence (PDF). The report provides a five-part framework "of tightly interrelated recommendations" to help guide policymaking on addressing equity of opportunity for all students.

Moving Summer Learning Forward: A Strategic Roadmap for Funding in Tough Times

National Summer Learning Association, 2012. (PDF, 27 pgs.)

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) has a funding resource titled Moving Summer Learning Forward: A Strategic Roadmap for Funding in Tough Times (PDF). Developed with the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this resource is designed to help state and local leaders identify the most promising funding streams to support summer learning and show how innovative states, districts, and communities have creatively developed and sustained high-quality summer programming. 

Relationships Matter

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2006. (web article, available for purchase)

Research shows that strong teacher-student relationships improve academic achievement.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

How We Treat One Another in School

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2007. (web article)

A survey of middle school students' experiences with bullying shows that kids want the adults in school to pay attention and keep them safe.

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.

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