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Rappaport, Shelley; Somers, Marie-Andrée; Granito, Kelly – MDRC, 2019
In summer 2015, roughly six years after the Great Recession of 2007-2009 ended, the American media began reporting on an emerging teacher shortage. Public schools were reinstating programs and classes that they had cut during the recession, and student enrollment was increasing. Meanwhile, enrollment in teacher training programs was decreasing.…
Descriptors: Institutes (Training Programs), Summer Programs, Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs
Condliffe, Barbara; Balu, Rekha – MDRC, 2019
When many of today's parents were students, the process of applying and enrolling in school was fairly simple and involved few choices. In many cases, a family visited the neighborhood public school at the start of the school year and enrolled the child at the school's office. But now, the proliferation of school-choice policies in districts…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Choice, Family Characteristics, Parent Role
Millenky, Megan; Hossain, Farhana – MDRC, 2019
PACE Center for Girls is a Florida-based nonprofit organization that serves girls of middle school and high school age who are at risk of involvement with the justice system. PACE aims to get these girls back on track by taking a gender-responsive approach, providing a blend of academic and social services that are shaped by an awareness of girls'…
Descriptors: Females, At Risk Persons, Middle School Students, High School Students
Millenky, Megan; Treskon, Louisa; Freedman, Lily; Mage, Caroline – MDRC, 2019
PACE Center for Girls is a Florida-based organization that provides academic and social services to girls of middle school and high school age. Girls who attend PACE have a specific set of characteristics that put them at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system and other negative outcomes. PACE seeks to reduce the likelihood of…
Descriptors: Females, Middle School Students, High School Students, At Risk Students
Alterman, Emma; Balu, Rekha; Haider, Zeest – MDRC, 2019
Around the country, high school teachers are being called upon to improve student writing, but they often lack the tools and requisite know-how to make a difference. An ambitious new program called Drive to Write is attempting to change that. This report describes an evaluation of the program's implementation in 11 public high schools in New York…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Coaching (Performance)
Zhu, Pei – MDRC, 2019
Educational practices that prove effective often involve a substantial investment of training and support time. Unfortunately, that is the very characteristic that makes it difficult and costly to expand the programs on a large scale. A key challenge when scaling up is to maintain high levels of effectiveness at an affordable cost.…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Program Effectiveness, Individualized Instruction, Faculty Development
Unterman, Rebecca; Haider, Zeest – MDRC, 2019
In 2002, the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) launched a bold set of education reforms designed to transform the educational experiences of all high school students: They instituted a district-wide high school choice process that assigned all rising ninth-graders to specific high schools; they closed large, low-performing high…
Descriptors: School Choice, Academic Persistence, Small Schools, Labor Market
Ratledge, Alyssa; O'Donoghue, Rebekah; Cullinan, Dan; Camo-Biogradlija, Jasmina – MDRC, 2019
Postsecondary education is widely seen as a necessity in the modern economy, yet among low and middle-income families, college enrollment rates are dismayingly low -- and graduation rates are even lower. College Promise programs, which cover local students' college tuition and fees, are one strategy states and municipalities use to help. But…
Descriptors: College Programs, Access to Education, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence
Willard, Jacklyn; Vasquez, Andrea; Lepe, Marco – MDRC, 2019
College Promise programs aim to make students believe they can afford college, and to give them the opportunity to go to college and earn degrees without taking on significant debt. At the core of all College Promise programs is a scholarship: All eligible College Promise students receive scholarships that may cover up to 100 percent of tuition…
Descriptors: College Programs, Paying for College, Access to Education, Scholarships
Zhu, Pei; Garcia, Ivonne; Alonzo, Erick – MDRC, 2019
The growing awareness of the importance of the first year of high school for future success has prompted schools and districts across the country to develop interventions designed for ninth-graders. "Growth mindset" is an intervention that aims to increase students' desire to take on challenges and to enhance their persistence in school…
Descriptors: High School Students, Learning Motivation, Intervention, Grade 9
Quint, Janet; Condliffe, Barbara – MDRC, 2018
The concept of project-based learning (PBL) has garnered wide support among a number of K-12 education policy advocates and funders. PBL is viewed as an approach that enables students to develop the "21st century competencies"--cognitive and socioemotional skills--needed for success in college and careers. This issue focus, pulling from…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Skill Development, Thinking Skills
Dechausay, Nadine – MDRC, 2018
Executive skills are the cognitive abilities that make it possible for people to set goals, regulate impulses, and complete the steps necessary to achieve their objectives. Examples of these skills include time management, emotional control, and organization. Richard Guare and Peggy Dawson have developed a coaching strategy based on executive…
Descriptors: Executive Function, Cognitive Ability, Coaching (Performance), Behavioral Sciences
Jacob, Robin; Erickison, Anna; Mattera, Shira K. – MDRC, 2018
Early math has been shown to predict not only longer-term math achievement, but also future reading achievement, high school completion, and college attendance. Yet effects from early math programs often fade out as children move into more varied instructional contexts in elementary school. This fade-out suggests the need for an alignment of math…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Clubs, Kindergarten, Mathematics Instruction
Mattera, Shira K.; Jacob, Robin; Morris, Pamela A. – MDRC, 2018
Early math skills are a strong predictor of later achievement for young children, not only in math, but in other domains as well. Exhibiting strong math skills in elementary school is predictive of later high school completion and college attendance. To that end, the Making Pre-K Count and High 5s studies set out to rigorously assess whether…
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Achievement, Predictor Variables, Preschool Education
Anzelone, Caitlin; Timm, Jonathan; Kusayeva, Yana – MDRC, 2018
State child support programs secure financial support for children whose parents live apart. These programs establish paternity, set orders for the amounts parents are required to pay, and collect and distribute payments. An essential step in the process of establishing paternity and setting an order of support is delivering legal documents to the…
Descriptors: Children, Financial Support, Legal Responsibility, Parents
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