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ERIC Number: ED504158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 90
Ready to Succeed: Changing Systems to Give California's Foster Children the Opportunities They Deserve to be Ready for and Succeed in School. Recommendations to Improve School Readiness, School Success, and Data Sharing from The California Education Collaborative for Children in Foster Care. Summary Report
Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning
In 2005, the Stuart Foundation funded two of its grantees--the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning and Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc.--to both model and achieve greater collaboration between the public education and child welfare sectors. The two organizations share a philosophical commitment to narrowing the profound gaps between the "haves" and "have nots" within California's public education system, with foster youth unacceptably over-represented in the latter group. With the Stuart Foundation's support, the two organizations convened the California Education Collaborative for Children in Foster Care. The Collaborative's charge, described in greater detail in this summary report, supports and reinforces the work of others involved in child welfare and education issues concerning foster youth. A Design Team formed the Collaborative's core group, bringing together creative thinkers to help guide and advance the Collaborative's work. The Collaborative's charges included producing three documents: a review and critique of recent research literature on educational issues of foster children and youth as well as evidence-based school interventions that might reduce educational problems; a report on focus group discussions with educators which explored specific barriers, information gaps and ways in which education and child welfare can work together; and a survey of beginning general and special education teachers in schools regarding their experiences with foster youth in their classrooms. The Collaborative was also charged with convening joint regional meetings to bring together influential public education and child welfare players at the county level to discuss the implications of the research and focus group findings in their communities; and developing and disseminating a set of specific recommendations to reinforce existing calls to action and spark new work that ultimately will improve educational outcomes for foster children and youth. This summary report highlights the Design Team's recommendations in each of these areas. [This report was also produced by Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. For the full report, see ED501333.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Stuart Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning
Identifiers - Location: California