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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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Educause - Research includes NMC (New Media Consortium)
From the web site: "EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level. EDUCAUSE actively engages with colleges and universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of transforming higher education through the use of information technology."

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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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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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Fordham Institute for Education Excellence - Research and Commentary
From the web site: "The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and its affiliated Foundation promote educational excellence for every child in America by focusing on three policy areas: High Expectations, Quality Choices, and Personalized Pathways. We believe that all schools that are supported with public funds should be held accountable for helping their students make academic progress from year to year; that all parents deserve to have a range of high-quality options, as well as reliable information with which to make the best choice for their children; and that students have a variety of needs, interests, and ambitions, so our K–12 education system ought to reflect this."

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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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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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Illinois Early Learning Project Web Site
From the web site: "The Illinois Early Learning Project Web site is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois."

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Influence of Religion upon Academic Performance of Youth in Disadvantaged Communities - pdf
This 2001 report is titled: "Making the Grade: The Influence of Religion Upon the Academic Performance of Youth in Disadvantaged Communities*" The information is as relevant today as when the report was written.

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Information and resources to the parents and educators -
From the web site: "Many of the nation's top education researchers have launched new studies into topics such as how best to teach reading in the academic content areas, how best to teach writing at the high-school level, and how best to support the literacy development of adolescent English language learners.'s mission is to distill this literacy research and share best-practice information to as many people as possible through the power and reach of the Internet.

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Inside Higher Education - articles such as digital learning
From the website: "Inside Higher Ed mission is to serve all of higher education - individuals, institutions, corporations and non-profits - so they can do their jobs better, transforming their lives and those of the students they serve. " This link points to a set of articles about digital learning.

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Inside School Data - impact of Billionaires
From the web site: "iWatch News analyzed performance data from 10 urban school districts that received significant funding from the four billionaire philanthropists seeking to reform education. The computer analysis examined how graduation rates changed between 2002 and 2007—the most recent years for which the data is available from the nationally recognized Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. This "Back to School for Billionaires" article was written based on this IWatch News data.

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Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) - leads Coalition for Community Schools
From the web site:"The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) - a non-profit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC IEL leads the Coalition for Community Schools, an umbrella group of more than 200 local, state, and national partners that advocate for more coordinated, efficient, and effective delivery of opportunities and supports to students before, during, and after school and on weekends. IEL is connecting community with public education to support the learning and development of young people.

IEL strives to involve the broader community with public education to support the learning and development of young people. This means helping bring families, schools, and community resources together as partners for the common good. IEL’s work helps ensure students and families have access to effective, integrated academic, youth development, and health and social services within and linked to public schools, the only viable public institution in a growing number of disadvantaged neighborhoods.

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Integration of Schools based on class instead of race - article
This NPR article discusses trends in school integration based on economic diversity rather than racial and shows benefits of both.

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Investing in Social & Emotional Learning
From the web site: "SCE is invested in shaping an ecosystem of anytime, anywhere, 21st century learning to prepare youth to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing and highly connected world. Through three primary programs—digital learning, social and emotional learning, and our catalyst grants—SCE connects talent and innovation with forces for positive change."

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Knowledge Works Foundation
From the web site: "As a leader in Strategic Foresight and educational transformation, KnowledgeWorks informs thought leaders and policymakers about the responsive policy environments that will ensure every student experiences meaningful personalized learning to succeed in college, career and life."

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Leveling the Playing Field - Extended Learning -pdf
Leveling the Playing Field: The Promise of Extended Learning Opportunities and Supports for Youth, By Heidi Harris Lemmel and Robert Rothman is one of several articles in this pdf about extending learning in the out-of-school-time hours.

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Living & Learning in Poverty - articles & links
From the web site: "This site is dedicated to storing and exploring all available research and resources related to poverty as it impacts the lives of children and the learning of children." The site has links to many related resources. Make it part of your research.

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Louisiana's Plan for Student & Learning Supports
The Louisiana State Department of Education has just released its design prototype document that will guide its work across the state in supporting development of a Comprehensive Learning Supports System. The document can be accessed on the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools web site.

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Lumina Foundation for Education - Goal 2025
From the web site: "The mission of Lumina Foundation for Education is to expand access and success in education beyond high school, particularly among adults, first-generation college going students, low-income students and students of color. This mission is directed toward a single, overarching big goal – to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials1 to 60 percent by the year 2025."

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Mapping Existing Community and School Resources
This page is part of an extensive online resource center hosted by the UCLA Center for Mental Health in schools. It provides a list of resources and ideas for Mapping Existing School and Community Resources for Addressing Barriers to Learning.

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Maps show "island" school districts -
This article shows "180 school districts across the country completely surrounded by a single larger district." In most cases the "island" district has much higher rates of poverty, or affluence, than the surrounding area, contributing to inequality in education opportunities.

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Maps show level of segregation in NYC schools
This set of maps is part of a report showing segregation in big city schools, produced by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.

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Measuring Character Education and Cognitive Skills - literature review
This is a working paper by James J. Heckman and Tim Kautz created with the National Bureau of Economic Research. This description was provided in the Americas Promise enews: "According the abstract,this paper reviews the recent literature on measuring and boosting cognitive and noncognitive skills. The literature establishes that achievement tests do not adequately capture character skills -- personality traits, goals, motivations, and preferences --that are valued in the labor market, in school, and in many other domains."

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