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More than 2000 links are organized into 25 categories.  Browse the categories and sub categories to find links to web sites with information you can use to build and sustain strong organizations helping youth move through school and into jobs and careers.  Some of the links point to older pages on some web sites. Click to the "home" page to find the most current information being shared. Look for social media links and connect with these organizations in social media. Look for the resource pages and visit sites that these organizations point to. This is a huge resource and it keeps growing. As you get to know what's here, by frequent visits,  it will grow in its value to you.

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Bridges4Kids - extensive web library
From the web site: Bridges4Kids is "A non-profit parent organization providing an internet-based system of information and referral for parents and professionals working with children from birth through transition to adult life. Bridges4Kids operates a comprehensive website providing parents, educators, and others the information they need to help children who might be at-risk or have special needs. It is updated daily and includes information on child development, education issues and opportunities, and extensive disability, gifted, at-risk, parenting, and teaching resources. Choose the "search" function on our menu to search the entire site for the information you need. "

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Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
From the web site: "The Broader, Bolder Approach to Education is a national campaign that advances evidence-based strategies to mitigate the impacts of poverty-related disadvantages on teaching and learning. We work with diverse communities to elevate examples of comprehensive approaches to education so that our public school system ensures every child an excellent and equitable education".

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Building a New Structure for School Leadership
From the web site: This 2008 article is "Based on the essay "Building a New Structure for School Leadership," from Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Richard Elmore's book, School Reform from the Inside Out: Policy, Practice, and Performance (Harvard Education Press, 2004)."

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Building bridging Social Capital in a Divided Society - research
The full title of this research is "Building bridging Social Capital in a Divided Society: the role of Participatory Citizenship Education" It examines the challenges and potential of using a participatory citizenship program in Northern Ireland to build bridging social capital connecting people in the region. Ideas can be applied to other places.

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Building New Structure for School Leadership

"If our educational system is to deliver on the promise of high standards for all students, educational leadership must strive to create conditions for high quality instruction in every classroom." Read this article about Dr. Richard Elmore, Harvard University

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California Underperforming Schools - 2010 report
This report illustrates how the there are "vast disparities in achievement, particularly among chronically underperforming schools serving thousands of Latinos, African-Americans, and English learners" in California, as well as Illinois and other states.

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Can Students Learn to Learn? Metacognition.
From the article: "While some colleges have long taught study skills, some institutions are experimenting with efforts to teach much more than how to study: they are looking for ways to grow their students' metacognition." Read the article to learn about this concept.

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Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching - Stateway
From the web site: "The Carnegie Statway® Networked Improvement Community is focused on statistics, data analysis and quantitative reasoning." This is a 'complex problem solving' project intended to draw participants from a growing number of education stakeholder communities. The lessons learned from building and sustaining the community of practice can be as rewarding as the actual impact on student learning.

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Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching - School Improvement Resources
From the web site: "Carnegie advocates for the use of improvement science to accelerate how a field learns to improve. Improvement science deploys rapid tests of change to guide the development, revision and continued fine-tuning of new tools, processes, work roles and relationships.
Improvement science is explicitly designed to accelerate learning-by-doing. It's a more user-centered and problem-centered approached to improving teaching and learning.
As the improvement process advances, previously invisible problems often emerge and improvement activities may need to tack in new directions. The objective here is quite different from the traditional pilot program that seeks to offer a proof of concept. Improvement research, in contrast, is a focused learning journey. The overall goal is to develop the necessary know-how for a reform idea ultimately to spread faster and more effectively. Since improvement research is an iterative process often extending over considerable periods of time, it is also referred to as continuous improvement."

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Census 2000 School District Special Tabulation - ProximityOne
From the ProximityOne web site - "We develop, provide access to, and analyze "resources to create and apply insight." Our geographic-demographic-economic data and analytical tools can help you knit together and use diverse data in a decision-making and analytical framework. Our demographic-economic estimates and projections can help you better understand the current situation/area characteristics and how areas of interest might change in the future. We offer geocoding tools and services to geocode address data that can then be visually analyzed in maps and otherwise to facilitate impact and geospatial analyses." This link points to a page with data mainly focused on the Census 2000 School District Special Tabulation data.

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Center for Best Practices Education - National Governor's Association
From the web site: "The NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division provides information, research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development for governors and their staff in the areas of early childhood, K-12 and postsecondary education. The division focuses on helping governors develop effective policy and support its implementation in the areas of: early education, readiness and quality; the Common Core State Standards, Science Technology Engineering and Math and related assessments; teacher and leader effectiveness; competency-based learning; charter schools; data and accountability; and postsecondary (higher education and workforce training) access, success, productivity, accountability, and affordability. The division also works on policy issues related to bridging the system divides among the early childhood, K-12, postsecondary and workforce systems."

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Center for Cities & Schools,University of California-Berkley
From the web site: "The Center for Cities + Schools at UC Berkeley conducts high-quality, non-partisan policy research, engages youth in urban planning, and cultivates collaboration between city and school leaders to strengthen all communities. CC+S works to advance policies and practices that create opportunity-rich places where young people can be successful in and out of school."

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Center for Evidence Based Mentoring
From the web site: "he Center is dedicated to creating the open and efficient exchange of research and ideas. In doing so, we seek to advance the production, dissemination, and uptake of evidence-based practice in ways that improve the effectiveness of practice and, ultimately, create stronger, more enduring mentor-mentee relationships."

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Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research - Portland State U.
From the web site: "The PSU Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research (CIMR) was created in 2010 to advance the field of mentoring, nationally and internationally, through innovative and rigorous research, education and knowledge sharing, and partnerships with organizations providing services." Among its programs is a Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring http://www.pdx.edu/youth-mentoring/

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Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research - Portland State
From the web site: "The PSU Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research (CIMR) was created in 2010 to advance the field of mentoring, nationally and internationally, through innovative and rigorous research, education and knowledge sharing, and partnerships with organizations providing services."

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Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS) at Johns Hopkins U
From the web site: "he Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS) concentrates its considerable research and development resources on improving low-performing schools and the education they offer their students. The Center maintains a staff of full-time sociologists, psychologists, social psychologists, and educators who conduct programmatic research to improve the education system, as well as full-time support staff engaged in developing curricula and providing technical assistance to help schools use the center's research.

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Center for Study of Social Policy at University of Chicago
From the web site: "The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) works to secure equal opportunities and better futures for all children and families, especially those most often left behind. Underlying all of the work is a vision of child, family and community well-being. It’s a unifying framework for the many policy, systems reform and community change activities in which CSSP engages."

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Center for the Advancement of Mentoring (OJJDP) - resources
From the web site: "The Center for the Advancement of Mentoring (TCAM) provides training and technical assistance to the national and local mentoring program grantees of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) of the U.S. Department of Justice. These mentoring programs serve youth who are in foster care, at risk of becoming involved in gangs, are former juvenile offenders, or would otherwise benefit from a mentor. Through targeted training and technical assistance, TCAM works with grantees to enhance the capacity of their mentoring programs and staff."

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Chicago's Poor Neighborhoods. Everything Deserts (article)
This Chicago Magazine article points to research done by Mario Luis Small, of University of Chicago, showing how poor neighborhoods of Chicago have less density of "places that employ people and provide things: restaurants, grocery stores, churches, banks, a whole list of stuff." See links to Small's research in the article.

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Child Trends - research resource
From the web site: "
Child Trends improves the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing the resulting knowledge with practitioners and policymakers."

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Children's Defense Fund
From the web site: "The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor children, children of color and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown. "

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Closing the Black-White Achievement Gap
Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap, by Richard Rothstein. In his preface for the book, Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute, writes, "In this book, Richard Rothstein asks us to view the black-white and low- to middle-income achievement gaps with a wider lens. His revealing and persuasive analysis of how social class shapes learning outcomes forces us to look at the differences in learning styles and readiness across students as they enter school for the first time. Further, he prods us to consider the influence of income, health, safety and other gaps affecting students as they proceed through school."

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Coalition for Community Schools
From the web site: "The Coalition for Community Schools, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership, is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks. Community schools are both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. There are a number of national models and local community school initiatives that share a common set of principles: fostering strong partnerships, sharing accountability for results, setting high expectations, building on the community’s strengths, and embracing diversity and innovative solutions."

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Coalition of Essential Schools - Benchmarks
From the web site: "The CES School Benchmarks are designed to address the challenge of helping schools translate the Coalition’s guiding tenets, the Common Principles, into practice by describing what the work of the Coalition “looks like.” The benchmarks are divided into two categories—Classroom Practices and Organizational Practices. Classroom Practices are focused on instruction and address the question “What does a CES classroom look like?” by sharing how each practice is reflected in teacher work and student outcomes. Organizational Practices are those school-wide practices that support and enable the Classroom Practices."

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Coalition of Essential Schools - archive after March 2017
The mission of the Coalition of Essential Schools was to create and sustain equitable, intellectually vibrant, personalized schools and to make such schools the norm of American public education. The organization has ceased operations but the web site continues to be an archive for ideas.

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