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The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) has developed State Education Agency and Local Education Agency Guides for Identifying Evidence-Based Interventions for School Improvement which will be required under the Every Student Succeeds Act. These Guides were made possible with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Overdeck Family Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation.
Building an RPP is hard work. They are complex organisms, with structures, processes, and roles that evolve as partnerships mature and adapt. However they form, we have observed five elements that seem to come together in successful partnerships.
While RPPs have been defined in the literature as having five characteristics, the authors suggest that RPPS in urban school districts may benefit from a sixth feature: mechanisms for recognizing systemic racism.
ESSA challenges states to take advantage of new opportunities to improve STEM participation and learning in all schools.
How do we increase diversity in STEM fields? A recent Foundation study found that when teachers support students’ feelings of autonomy, it increases their interest and engagement in science classes. This is especially true for black and Latino students, who are typically underrepresented in STEM fields.
Three William T. Grant Scholars have been awarded grants to support their development as mentors to junior colleagues. The Scholars will mentor promising post-doctoral fellows in enhancing their methodological skills, publication records, and career networks. The grant reflects the Foundation’s dedication to fostering our Scholars’ professional development as mentors and increasing the number of people of color at higher levels of the career ladder in research.
Five new research grants will build stronger theory and empirical evidence in our focus areas of reducing inequality and the use of research evidence.
Research can serve the public interest when it is used to inform decisions. But for researchers at all levels of the career ladder, getting your work used in ways that shape policy and practice can be a challenge.
Reflecting on the odds of upward mobility in light of a widening opportunity gap in the United States, Harvard’s Robert Putnam states simply: “Any notion that you can ‘pull yourself up by your boot straps’ sounds ridiculous now.”
The Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking is an opportunity that doesn’t come every year, and may not come again. Let’s make the most of it.