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Education Week Research Center
From the web site: "The Research Center conducts annual policy surveys, collects data, and performs analyses that appear in the Quality Counts and Diplomas Count annual issues of Education Week. The Center also manages the Education Counts database of state policy indicators, releases periodic special reports on a variety of topics, and contributes data and analysis to coverage in Education Week."

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Educationalizing the Welfare State and Privatizing Education: The Evolution of Social Policy Since the New Deal
This paper by Harvey Kantor and Robert Lowe starts with this statement "BELIEF IN THE capacity of public education to redress unequal opportunity and eliminate poverty is one of the most distinctive features of American social policy. It is especially evident in No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which has invoked an equality-of-results test of public school performance that neglects conditions inside and outside the schools that contribute to inequality." The paper looks at how this belief developed since the 1960s.

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Edutopia News - Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning
From the web site: "Edutopia, a project of The George Lucas Educational Foundation, is dedicated to transforming the learning process by helping educators implement the strategies below. These strategies -- and the educators who implement them -- are empowering students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively problem solve, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact."

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Eldis - an international policy research portal
From the web site: "Eldis provides free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on international development issues. Our database includes over 40,000 summaries and provides free links to full-text research and policy documents from over 8,000 publishers. Each document is selected by members of our editorial team. To help you get the information you need we organise documents into collections according to key development themes and the country or region they relate to. You can browse these on the website or find out about our subscribe options to get updates in a format that suits you."

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Enriching education throughout childhood pays big dividends for disadvantaged - pdf
From the web site: "While studies have shown that disadvantaged children benefit from high-quality preschool programs, they would benefit even more if they had additional tutoring and mentoring during their elementary and high school years, according to a 2006 study by James Heckman, a Nobel-Prize winning economist at the University of Chicago." T/MC Note: You can also find the press release at: http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/06/061115.heckman.shtml


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Evaluation of MOST (Making the Most of Out-of-School Time) Initiative
This Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago report summarizes the evaluation of the first phase (1995-1998) of the Making the Most of Out-of-School Time (MOST) Initiative of the Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds.

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Every Child, Every Promise, 2006 report - pdf
This 2006 report from the America's Promise organization is titled: "EVERY CHILD, EVERY PROMISE: TURNING FAILURE INTO ACTION" It's described as "the first comprehensive study of how well our children are receiving the Five Promises — the key developmental resources that correlate with success. Clearly, we have much work to do."

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Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins
From the web site: "The mission of the Everyone Graduates Center is to develop and disseminate the know-how required to enable all students to graduate from high school prepared for college, career, and civic life. Through a systematic and comprehensive approach, EGC combines analysis of the causes, location, and consequences of the nation’s dropout crisis with the development of tools and models designed to keep all students on the path to high school graduation, and capacity building efforts to enable states, communities, school districts, and schools to provide all their students with the supports they need to succeed. The Everyone Graduate Center seeks to identify the barriers that stand in the way of all students graduating from high school prepared for adult success, to develop strategic solutions to overcome the barriers, and to build local capacity to implement and sustain them."

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Expanding the System of Learning Supports pdf
Re: Frameworks for Transforming How Schools Offer Student and Learning Supports

Howard Adelman & Linda Taylor at the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA have been receiving requests for a compilation of the frameworks they have developed with respect to the systemic transformation of student and learning supports. So, they have developed a new resource aid that (1) highlights four fundamental, systemic concerns related to transforming student and learning supports and (2) offers frameworks for addressing them.

From the Preface: "If school improvement efforts are to be effective in enabling all students to have an equal opportunity to succeed at school, we all must move significantly beyond prevailing thinking. Current policy and practice is a grossly inadequate response to the many complex factors that interfere with positive development, learning, and teaching. Policy that perpetuates narrow-focused, categorical approaches to problems must be revised since it promotes an orientation that overemphasizes individually prescribed services to the detriment of prevention programs, results in marginalized and fragmented interventions, and undervalues the human and social capital indigenous to every neighborhood. School improvement policy must be expanded to support development of the type of comprehensive, multifaceted, and cohesive approach that can effectively address barriers to learning and teaching. Needed is a fundamental, systemic transformation in the ways schools, families, and communities address major barriers to learning and teaching. Such a transformation is essential to enhancing achievement for all, closing the achievement gap, reducing dropouts, and increasing the opportunity for schools to be valued as treasures in their neighborhood. "

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Extended Learning: Will We Ever Get it Right
This is a 2007 article by Karin Pitman that explores some of the complex issues of building and evaluating extended learning programs.

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Extensive school data sets- National Center for Education Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics has extensive education datasets, dating back to the 1970s. This data table shows "Percentage of the population 3 to 34 years old enrolled in school, by sex, race/ethnicity, and age group: Selected years, 1980 through 2014". Browse the site and look at other data sets.

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F. M. Duffy Group's VISION of school improvement
From the web site: "The F. M. Duffy Group was formed to offer school systems a powerful vision for high performance and practical tools to help change leaders meet the high standards for student achievement set by public expectations and the No Child Left Behind Act."

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Family as Emotional Unit - Bowen Theory
This information is found on the web site of The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family and the Georgetown Family Center. "Bowen family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit." This link points to Eight Concepts of this theory.

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Fordham Institute for Education Excellence - Research and Commentary
This web site has extensive lists of articles and commentary related to education issues. Browse each of the drop down menus to become familiar with the information that is available.

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Forum for Youth Investment - 'Ready By 21' community building
Ready by 21 is a Forum for Youth Investment project, helping state and community leaders improve the family, school and community supports available to young people, in order to help all children and youth get fully ready for college, work and life.

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Forum for Youth Investment - Big Picture Approach
From the web site: "The Forum for Youth Investment helps leaders get young people ready for life. The Forum works with state and local leaders and leadership groups to fundamentally change the way they do business for young people. To make broad-scale change that lasts, community partnerships must address the complex and interconnected challenges that impede progress. They need to take a Big Picture Approach to community change.

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Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework
From the web site: "Recent decades have seen the emergence of a number of promising expanded learning programs for disadvantaged children. These efforts are largely unstudied, however, and they are also small when set against the magnitude of the need, serving thousands of children at a time when close to 11 million children and teens in the U.S. live below 100 percent of the poverty level. What works and what doesn’t in expanded learning? And how can effective programs be expanded, while maintaining their quality?" Visit the web site to see how the Foundation is addressing this problem.

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Generation All Chicago - focus on revitalizing neighborhood high schools
From the web site: "Generation All is a citywide initiative that aims to unite communities and Chicago as a whole in creating a plan to ensure top-quality neighborhood public high schools that support students’ personal development and learning, both in and out of the classroom. Generation All’s initial work will center on a deep, collaborative one-year planning process informed by robust community dialogue."

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Global Family Research Project (formerly Harvard Family Research Project)
From the web site: "The Global Family Research Project is an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that supports all families and communities in helping children find success in and out of school. We connect research, policy, and practice to support a community of people dedicated to advancing children’s learning and development. We foster collaboration among child- and family-serving organizations so they can create equitable learning pathways across time and place. We strengthen knowledge and skills through technical assistance, professional development, and evaluation.:

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Goals of Education - not just test scores - pdf
"Measuring Social Responsibility" challenges educators and policy makers to think beyond test scores as they look for accountability in education. Read the article by Richard Rothstein and Rebecca Jacobsen.

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Great Schools Web Site shows School Performance Info
From the web site: "GreatSchools is the leading national nonprofit empowering parents to unlock educational opportunities for their child. GreatSchools’ trusted ratings and school information help parents find the right school for their family and improve schools in their communities. The thousands of articles, tips and interactive tools help parents support their child’s learning and wellbeing every day. Families, community leaders and policy-makers turn to GreatSchools for the school information they need to guide children to great futures."

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Guide to Effective Youth Mentoring - New Zealand - pdf
This handbook has loads of useful information with helpful graphics to illustrate concepts.

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Helping the less-advantaged to succeed - Mobility
From the web site: "The Economic Mobility Corporation (Mobility) Mobility is guided by the belief that every individual deserves access to economic opportunity. We identify, develop and evaluate promising strategies that promote economic mobility by enabling less advantaged adults and youth to acquire the education, skills and networks needed to advance in the labor market. We partner with leading practitioners to help them improve performance. We conduct research on promising and innovative strategies and evaluate programs that have the potential to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. We design initiatives to help adults and youth achieve economic success."

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High School Drop Out Crisis - Building a Grad Nation - Americas Promise
From the web site: "The America’s Promise Alliance is devoted to helping to create the conditions for success for all young people, including the millions currently being left behind. Our work is powered by our belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed." This link points to annual reports produce since 2010.

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HoTEL (Holistic Approach to Technology Enhanced Learning)
From the web site: "The HoTEL (Holistic Approach to Technology Enhanced Learning) project originates from the observation that most of the TEL research so far has concentrated mainly on the development of ad hoc technologies for learning, failing to capture both the potential adoption of emerging technologies not originally designed for learning in education and training environments and the innovative use that is made of technologies in non-formal and informal ways of learning and the extent to which this could be transferred/adapted to formal learning environments.

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