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Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

April 2015

A series of studies commissioned by Nellie Mae examine how to ensure that all students – especially those who are underserved – get an opportunity to reach college and career readiness.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College and Career Readiness, Curriculum and Instruction, Equity, Personalization, Technology

Blended Instruction

EDUCATION CONNECTION and Education Development Center (EDC)

April 2015

A student-centered approach to blended instruction can have a positive impact on achievement and 21st century skills, and may narrow the achievement gap for underserved populations.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, Curriculum and Instruction, Equity, Learning Time, Personalization, Technology

Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles

RAND Education and Jobs for the Future

November 2014

This paper examines the equity concerns in competency education through the lens of family income - exploring the effects and implications, as well as proposing potential mitigations.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Equity

Student-Centered Schools Study: Closing the Opportunity Gap

Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)

June 2014

How can student-centered learning help close the opportunity gap?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

Student-Centered Learning: Dozier-Libbey Medical High School

Diane Friedlaender

January 2014

How can student-centered learning help close the opportunity gap?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

Student-Centered Learning: City Arts and Technology High School

Heather Lewis-Charp and Tina Law

January 2014

At City Arts and Technology High School in California, college readiness isn’t just a goal—it’s an expectation.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

Student-Centered Learning: Impact Academy of Arts and Technology

Channa Mae Cook-Harvey

January 2014

In order for students to retain knowledge, they have to apply it.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

Student-Centered Learning: Life Academy of Health and Bioscience

Nickole Richardson and Joe Feldman

January 2014

What does student voice and choice look like?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

College Readiness Meets Global Competence

Katie Bayerl and Eve Goldberg

January 2014

How can a global curriculum help close the achievement gap?

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

Latino/a and Black Students and Mathematics

Rochelle Gutierrez and Sonya E. Irving

July 2012

Many students, particularly underserved students, feel disconnected from mathematics, which is often taught without context or relation to everyday life. This 2012 report reviews research on the scope of mathematics in an effort to broaden understanding of where, when, and for whom math happens and the implications for teaching and learning.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Equity, Personalization

Literacy Practices for African-American Male Adolescents

Alfred W. Tatum

July 2012

Just 38% of 12th graders performed at or above a proficient level in reading in 2009. Despite efforts to close the achievement gap, African-American boys fare even worse in literacy, and schools should deepen efforts to ensure they develop as readers, people, and citizens.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Equity, Youth Development

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century

Robert B. Schwartz, Ronald F. Ferguson, and William C. Symonds

February 2011

Roughly half of all young Americans arrive in their mid-twenties without the skills or labor market credentials essential for success in today’s increasing demanding economy.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity

Securing the Dream

Maria Idali Torres, et. al.

January 2011

This collection of reports tells the story of the continuing growth of the Latino population in Massachusetts, and offers policy recommendations aimed at improving educational opportunities and outcomes for this population.

Tags: Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

Disconnected Young Adults in New England

Ephraim Weisstein and Flora Traub

June 2010

Too many young adults, particularly those from ethnic minorities and lower socioeconomic groups, are leaving high school without the skills necessary to succeed in post-secondary education and the emerging workforce.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Policy

Beyond the School Yard: Pre-K Collaborations with Community-Based Partners

Albert Wat and Chrisanne Gayl

July 2009

Pre-K is proven to improve educational outcomes, but not all students have access to high-quality programs.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

Building Multiple Pathways: Approaches, Relevant Programs and Implementation Considerations

Ephraim Weisstein and Dr. David Jacobson

April 2009

To increase the number of young people who gain the credentials necessary to succeed in the 21st century, we need to establish “multiple pathways” for learners that lead to a variety of high-quality postsecondary options.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Finance & Governance, Policy, Youth Development

What It Takes to Succeed in the 21st Century—and How New Englanders Are Faring

Jobs for the Future

October 2008

As New England’s population changes, the region must rework its policies and practices to meet the increasingly demanding expectations of today’s economy for underserved learners.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

The Learning Season: The Untapped Power of Summer to Advance Student Achievement

Beth M. Miller

June 2007

Students from different socioeconomic backgrounds learn at the same rate, but without access to quality summer learning opportunities, low-income students often fall behind their peers.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Equity, Learning Time

New England 2020: A Forecast of Educational Attainment and Its Implications for the Workforce of New England States

Stephen P. Coelen and Joseph B. Berger

June 2006

New England’s changing demographics and varying levels of educational attainment demand support for and improvement of the region’s higher education institutions.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Finance & Governance, Policy

Transfer Access to Elite Colleges and Universities in the United States:

Alicia C. Dowd and Glenn Gabbard

April 2006

Community colleges can offer low-income students a path to higher education, but transferring to elite, four-year schools often proves to be more challenging than earning an associate’s degree.

Tags: College and Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

State Merit Scholarship Programs and Racial Inequity

Don Heller and Patricia Marin

October 2004

For minority and low-income students, unmet financial need—the gap between the costs of attending college and the resources available to students—presents a major barrier to attending college.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

Diversity Among Equals

Stephen Coelen, Patricia Crosson and Joseph Berger

October 2001

Higher education institutions in New England have made significant investments in equitable access using affirmative action strategies to increase minority student representation—but significant policy barriers continue to impede educational access for low-income and minority populations in the region.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy

Getting Through College: Voices of Low-Income and Minority Students in New England

Colleen O'Brien and Jessica Shedd

February 2001

Financial, academic, and social support are key factors in supporting low-income and minority students to succeed in postsecondary institutions.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Governance & Finance, Policy