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Youth Services Improvement Grants

As we approach the final application deadline of 2017, we share insights from recent grantees on how they identified a salient issue in their existing programs, developed a rationale for an improvement plan that would address the issue, and tracked the results of the improvement over time.

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When and under what conditions can a district central office learn from external partners for their improvement efforts? External partners, such as vendors, consultants, and researchers, can share materials and expertise to support instructional improvement efforts in districts. An increasing number of these external partners, whom district leaders reach out to all the time, draw […]

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Insight & Analysis

Having been a part of both the research and policy communities, I can say with even greater confidence that, while the daily activities and priorities of education researchers and policymakers or practitioners may be different, their ultimate goals are remarkably similar.

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Featured Grantee

Community-based mixed-methods research can be especially valuable in identifying and understanding strategies to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.

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Featured Grantee

Recognizing that structure and function are complementary ways of understanding brokerage will be important to facilitating the use of research evidence.

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Featured Work

This two-part special issue focuses on strategies to improve the use of research in child welfare.

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Featured Grantee

By bringing racial justice to the work I’m already doing, I can make it matter.

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Featured Work

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.

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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.

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Reducing Inequality

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.”

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