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Barr, Dennis J.; Boulay, Beth; Selman, Robert L.; McCormick, Rachel; Lowenstein, Ethan; Gamse, Beth; Fine, Melinda; Leonard, M. Brielle – Teachers College Record, 2015
Background/Context: Billions of dollars are spent annually on professional development (PD) for educators, yet few randomized controlled trials (RCT) have demonstrated the ultimate impact PD has on student learning. Further, while policymakers and others speak to the role schools should play in developing students' civic awareness, RCTs of PD…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers, Citizenship Education, Academic Achievement
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Jacob, Robin; Goddard, Roger; Kim, Minjung; Miller, Robert; Goddard, Yvonne – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2015
This study uses a randomized design to assess the impact of the Balanced Leadership program on principal leadership, instructional climate, principal efficacy, staff turnover, and student achievement in a sample of rural northern Michigan schools. Participating principals report feeling more efficacious, using more effective leadership practices,…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Principals, Self Efficacy, Administrator Effectiveness
Corsello, Maryann; Sharma, Anu – Grantee Submission, 2015
The Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) Model BARR is a comprehensive model that addresses the challenges that are part of the 9th grade transition year. BARR employs eight different school-wide and individual strategies that are built on positive relationships and ongoing monitoring of student data. In 2010, BARR received an Investing in…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Models, Grade 9, High Schools
Wang, Haiwen; Warner, Miya; Golan, Shari; Wechsler, Marjorie; Park, C. J. – Grantee Submission, 2015
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the Florida Master Teacher Initiative (FMTI)--an i3-funded early learning program aimed at improving the quality of teaching and student outcomes in grades PreK through third grade in high need schools. The FMTI schools participated in four program components: (1) a job-embedded graduate…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Elementary School Teachers, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2014
For the 2014 study, "Closing the Social-Class Achievement Gap: A Difference-Education Intervention Improves First-Generation Students' Academic Performance and All Students' College Transition," researchers investigated the impact of attending a moderated panel on incoming freshmen's adjustment to college. The panel featured…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Social Class, First Generation College Students, Academic Achievement
Klinkenberg, Laurel Beth – ProQuest LLC, 2013
In recent years, community colleges have come into the spotlight nationally in terms of their potential to assist in the revitalization of the economy. This has resulted in an increased need for community colleges to understand more fully the factors that influence student persistence. The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, First Generation College Students, Correlation, Age Differences
Herrera, Carla; Grossman, Jean Baldwin; Linden, Leigh L. – MDRC, 2013
One crucial decision that middle schoolers (and their families) make is where they will attend high school. Many districts employ school choice systems designed to allow students to pick a high school that will meet their needs and interests. Yet most students prefer high schools that are close to home, and for youth in low-income neighborhoods,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Middle School Students
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Bavarian, Niloofar; Lewis, Kendra M.; DuBois, David L.; Acock, Alan; Vuchinich, Samuel; Silverthorn, Naida; Snyder, Frank J.; Day, Joseph; Ji, Peter; Flay, Brian R. – Journal of School Health, 2013
Background: School-based social-emotional and character development (SECD) programs can influence not only SECD but also academic-related outcomes. This study evaluated the impact of one SECD program, Positive Action (PA), on educational outcomes among low-income, urban youth. Methods: The longitudinal study used a matched-pair, cluster-randomized…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Values Education, Low Income Groups, Urban Youth
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Cambridge-Williams, Tiffany; Winsler, Adam; Kitsantas, Anastasia; Bernard, Elizabeth – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Nationwide, almost a third of 1st-year college students do not return to begin their sophomore year, and the 5-year graduation rate for undergraduates is only around 40%. It is important for universities to implement interventions, such as freshman transition courses, to help new students adjust to college life and succeed, and it is critical that…
Descriptors: School Orientation, Living Learning Centers, School Holding Power, Self Efficacy
Patel, Reshma; Valenzuela, Ireri – MDRC, 2013
While postsecondary completion rates are a concern among many student populations across the country, college graduation rates for Latino students, especially Latino male students, are even lower than the national average. Low-income Latino men face many barriers to postsecondary success, including both financial and personal obstacles. This…
Descriptors: Scholarships, Demonstration Programs, Low Income Groups, Hispanic American Students
Rutschow, Elizabeth Zachry; Cullinan, Dan; Welbeck, Rashida – MDRC, 2012
Improving the success of academically underprepared students who are in need of developmental (or remedial) education is a key challenge facing community colleges today. Many of these students enter college with little awareness of these institutions' expectations or a clear model for how to make effective decisions about their academic careers.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Program Effectiveness, Two Year College Students
Bleeker, Martha; James-Burdumy, Susanne; Beyler, Nicholas; Dodd, Allison Hedley; London, Rebecca A.; Westrich, Lisa; Stokes-Guinan, Katie; Castrechini, Sebastian – Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., 2012
Recess periods often lack the structure needed to support physical activity and positive social development (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2010). The Playworks program places full-time coaches in low-income schools to provide opportunities for organized play during recess and throughout the school day. Playworks activities are designed to engage…
Descriptors: Cohort Analysis, Recess Breaks, Play, Athletic Coaches
Barnett, Elisabeth A.; Bork, Rachel Hare; Mayer, Alexander K.; Pretlow, Joshua; Wathington, Heather D.; Weiss, Madeline Joy – National Center for Postsecondary Research, 2012
Across the country, a growing number of recent high school graduates are participating in summer bridge programs. These programs provide accelerated and focused learning opportunities in order to help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed for college success. The state of Texas has given particular attention to summer programs as a way…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Credits, Program Effectiveness, Summer Programs
Patel, Reshma; Rudd, Timothy – MDRC, 2012
The passage of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which extended need-based financial assistance to the general population for the first time, has improved college access for American students, but more work remains to be done to improve college success. According to government statistics, in 2006, about one in six students had earned a degree or…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, Developmental Studies Programs, Program Effectiveness
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McGrath, Shelley M.; Burd, Gail D. – NACADA Journal, 2012
Administrators at a large, public university launched a mandatory success course for freshmen placed on academic probation at the end of their first semester. We compared the rates of course participant and nonparticipant return to good academic standing; persistence to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years; and graduation (within 4 to 5 years). The…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Academic Probation, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence
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