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In 2011 – 2012, I studied two leading community-based programs for youth who have dropped out of high school—observing activities, interviewing staff, and tracking participants for one year. I focused on programs at the community level because, although they receive little attention, these programs are where most young adults are served.
How do local, community-based programs for dropouts work? Do they make a difference for their participants? Programs developed and managed locally serve large numbers of youth, and their innovations are often the foundation for major national initiatives, including YouthBuild, STRIVE, and others. Yet most research in this area has focused on multi-site, national initiatives. While […]
As we move forward, our educational systems will need to more clearly define what is valued and recognized as evidence.
When policymakers, practitioners, and others use research evidence, they do so within a web of human relationships. The strength of research evidence alone doesn’t guarantee consistent interpretation or its implementation. But the quality of relationships does matter when it comes to understanding and using research evidence–and trust is a critical factor for determining the quality […]
With more than five-million English-language learners in U.S. schools, a research-based consensus is needed to assess classroom practices that promote their school achievement. Classroom Qualities for English Language Learners in Language Arts Instruction (CQELL) is an observation tool that can help define and identify effective language instruction in elementary schools. English-language learners (ELLs) represent over […]
Located in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the South Bronx, the nonprofit organization Rocking the Boat is making a huge difference in the lives of low-income youth. By teaching kids to sail, the organization strengthens math and science skills and builds self-esteem in participants. “Kids don’t just build boats, boats build kids.” Through its after-school […]