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Philadelphia Youth Network, 2006
Today and every day, in neighborhoods and communities throughout Philadelphia, young people are making decisions that will change their lives forever. Some will decide to stay in school, graduate, and prepare themselves for college and careers. Others, who left school without a diploma, will summon the courage to seek out educational programs they…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Out of School Youth, Citizenship, Neighborhoods
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Balfanz, Robert – Educational Policy, 1991
Henry M. Levin finds Balfanz's article a dispassionate attempt to explore the connections between workplace performance and curriculum reform. Educational reform efforts often misinterpret and simplify the relationship between informal knowledge, academic skills, and individual productivity. Consequently, the U.S. public's productive capacity is…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Dropout Rate, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change
Meece, Judith L., Ed.; Eccles, Jacquelynne S., Ed. – Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2010
Children spend more time in school than in any social institution outside the home. And schools probably exert more influence on children's development and life chances than any environment beyond the home and neighbourhood. The purpose of this book is to document some important ways schools influence children's development and to describe various…
Descriptors: Guides, Educational Research, Child Development, Teacher Student Relationship
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Balfanz, Robert – Education Next, 2019
What do K-12 schools need to do to prepare their students for adult success? This was the question that originally catalyzed the standards-and-accountability movement some 30 years ago, though it seems somehow to have gotten lost. Today the question merits revisiting, because addressing it makes a strong case for taking an integrated approach to…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Emotional Development, Social Development, Emotional Intelligence
Schneider, Barbara, Ed.; McDonald, Sarah-Kathryn, Ed. – Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2006
This book explores the challenges of implementing and assessing educational interventions in varied classroom contexts. Included are reflections on the challenges of designing studies for improving the instructional core of schools, guidelines for establishing evidence of interventions' impacts across a wide range of settings, and an assessment of…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Educational Research, Educational Change, Intervention
Balfanz, Robert; Byrnes, Vaughan – Boston Foundation, 2019
The Boston Opportunity Agenda is a partnership among the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the city's leading public charities along with many other local foundations and philanthropists. The partnership's goal is to use its members' varied resources and expertise in a unified manner to improve the…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Public Schools, College School Cooperation
Balfanz, Robert – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
Results of a survey conducted by the Office for Civil Rights show that 6 million public school students (13%) are not attending school regularly. Chronic absenteeism--defined as missing more than 10% of school for any reason--has been negatively linked to many key academic outcomes. Evidence shows that students who exit chronic absentee status can…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Student Behavior, Attendance, Attendance Patterns
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Balfanz, Robert; Byrnes, Vaughan – Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2018
Following a 2008 report that documented the extent of chronic absenteeism in New York City's schools, the city organized an interagency task force to develop and implement a citywide effort to reduce chronic absenteeism. Given the size of the city school system and the scope of chronic absenteeism, the effort became the nation's most comprehensive…
Descriptors: Attendance, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Agency Cooperation
This document presents nine papers from a symposium on challenges currently facing U.S. high schools and their role in preparing students for high achievement in postsecondary education. The following papers are included: "What Ails High Schools? How Should They Be Reformed? Is There a Federal Role?" (Chester E. Finn); "Achievement:…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Academic Standards, Articulation (Education)
Anfara, Vincent A., Jr., Ed.; Stacki, Sandra L., Ed. – 2002
This volume theorizes, describes, and explains practices and some specific programs designed to help meet the needs and demands of a diverse student population. The central point of this volume is that curriculum, instruction, and assessment in middle-level education is a dynamic, interrelated system undergoing change. The book contains the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Core Curriculum
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Balfanz, Robert – Educational Leadership, 2011
The Talent Development program at Johns Hopkins, City Year, and Communities in Schools have created a new middle school and high school model that reduces dropout risk. Diplomas Now integrates strategies that are designed to raise student achievement, promotion, and graduation rates in the nation's most challenged high-poverty secondary schools. A…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Dropout Prevention, Talent Development, At Risk Students
Atwell, Matthew N.; Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John; Ingram, Erin – Civic, 2019
This year's annual update to the nation includes three new features. The first is a Secondary School Improvement Index to assess whether gains in high school graduation rates nationally and by state are translating into better preparation for postsecondary education. The second feature is a focus on homeless students with graduation rate data…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, High School Graduates, Educational Trends, Education Work Relationship
DePaoli, Jennifer L.; Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John – Civic Enterprises, 2016
The nation has achieved an 82.3 percent high school graduation rate--a record high. Graduation rates rose for all student subgroups, and the number of low-graduation-rate high schools and students enrolled in them dropped again, indicating that progress has had far-reaching benefits for all students. This report is the first to analyze 2014…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduation Rate, Data Analysis, Statistical Data
Sanders, Mavis G., Ed. – 2000
This collection of papers examines historical approaches and current research and practice related to the education of adolescents placed at risk of school failure as a result of social and economic conditions. After "Preface: Research, Policy and Practice in the Education of Poor and Minority Adolescents" (Mavis G. Sanders), there are…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Accountability, Adolescents
DePaoli, Jennifer L.; Balfanz, Robert; Atwell, Matthew N.; Bridgeland, John – Civic Enterprises, 2018
The report takes an in-depth look at the progress that was made between 2011 and 2016 in raising high school graduation rates and the state and district sources of those improvements, and identify where challenges remain. It also links improvements in high school graduation rates to the need to ensure that all students, including those…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, High School Graduates, College Readiness, Career Readiness
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