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Gonzalez, Gabriella C.; Doss, Christopher Joseph; Kaufman, Julia H.; Bozick, Robert – RAND Corporation, 2019
"Middle-skills" jobs require more education and training than that provided by a high school diploma but less education and training than a four-year college degree. Employers struggle to find workers with the needed combination of knowledge and skills to fill middle-skills jobs; this search for workers is particularly pertinent to the…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, STEM Education, Skill Development, Job Skills
Karoly, Lynn A. – RAND Corporation, 2019
A substantial share of children in New Hampshire are at risk of adverse developmental outcomes because of low family resources and other factors that can compromise healthy development in the first few years of life. This report examines the need for early childhood investments in communities across New Hampshire, the current investments under way…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Evidence Based Practice, Investment, Home Visits
Gonzalez, Gabriella C.; Doss, Christopher Joseph; Kaufman, Julia H.; Bozick, Robert – RAND Corporation, 2019
As the demand for workers with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills grows ever higher, employers face stiff competition for qualified employees--and with retirements, the pool of employees grows ever smaller. Meanwhile, U.S. education and workforce systems could be failing to keep pace with the needs of the STEM economy,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Job Training
Doss, Christopher Joseph; Akinniranye, Goke – RAND Corporation, 2019
School reform has become an umbrella term for initiatives and programs that aim to improve school functioning and student outcomes. Many researchers and educators have noted the emergence of a "school reform churn." New initiatives and programs are adopted, only to be dropped when the next popular reform emerges. Although experimenting…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Improvement, Principals
Karoly, Lynn A. – RAND Corporation, 2019
New Hampshire is often hailed as a state where children's well-being is high relative to other states. However, a 2017 RAND study pointed to the substantial share of children in the state who are at risk of adverse developmental outcomes because of low family resources and other factors that can compromise healthy development in the first few…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Evidence Based Practice, Investment, Home Visits
Tosh, Katie; Doss, Christopher Joseph – RAND Corporation, 2019
Effective principal leadership practices improve school organization, teaching, and student achievement outcomes. These practices include framing and communicating a school's goals and mission, creating shared expectations of high performance, clarifying roles and objectives, and promoting professional development. However, research demonstrates…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Leadership Qualities, Administrator Effectiveness
Murphy, Robert F. – RAND Corporation, 2019
Recent applications of artificial intelligence (AI) have been successful in performing complex tasks in health care, financial markets, manufacturing, and transportation logistics, but the influence of AI applications in the education sphere has been limited. However, that may be changing. In this paper, the author discusses several ways that AI…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Artificial Intelligence, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
McCombs, Jennifer Sloan; Augustine, Catherine H.; Unlu, Fatih; Ziol-Guest, Kathleen M.; Naftel, Scott; Gomez, Celia J.; Marsh, Terry; Akinniranye, Goke; Todd, Ivy – RAND Corporation, 2019
Research evidence suggests that summer breaks contribute to income-based achievement and opportunity gaps for children and youth. However, summertime can also be used to provide programs that support an array of goals for children and youth, including improved academic achievement, physical health, mental health, social and emotional well-being,…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Access to Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
Yoo, Paul Youngmin; Whitaker, Anamarie A.; McCombs, Jennifer Sloan – RAND Corporation, 2019
Expanded learning intermediaries are nonprofit organizations dedicated to making after-school and summer programs better and more accessible for children and youth. They do this by coordinating efforts and resources in a given community, knitting programs together into a cohesive system, helping individual programs function at a high level, and…
Descriptors: Nonprofit Organizations, After School Programs, Summer Programs, Data Collection
Davis, Lois M.; Tolbert, Michelle C. – RAND Corporation, 2019
Before 2013, incarcerated individuals in North Carolina could enroll in college correspondence courses, but there was no coordinated effort to provide a path toward a postsecondary degree or credential. Furthermore, there was no coordination around reentry. The Vera Institute of Justice's Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project…
Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons, Postsecondary Education, Access to Education
Davis, Lois M. – RAND Corporation, 2019
Each year, more than 700,000 incarcerated individuals leave federal and state prisons and return to local communities where they will have to compete with individuals in those communities for jobs. In today's economy, having a college education is necessary to compete for many jobs, and the stakes for ex-offenders are higher than they are for…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Correctional Education, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions
Opper, Isaac M. – RAND Corporation, 2019
Having good teachers in the classroom matters, and in recent years better data have helped researchers more accurately measure individual teachers' effects on their pupils. A novel RAND study goes further, finding that teachers' effectiveness (or lack thereof) ripples out beyond their own students and affects the educational experiences of their…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Influence, Teacher Competencies, Elementary Secondary Education
Gates, Susan M.; Baird, Matthew D.; Master, Benjamin K.; Chavez-Herrerias, Emilio R. – RAND Corporation, 2019
Research across the decades has confirmed that effective school leadership is associated with better outcomes for students and schools. A high-quality school leader affects dozens of teachers and hundreds or thousands of students. It is a pivotal role. From 2011 to 2016, The Wallace Foundation, through its Principal Pipeline Initiative (PPI),…
Descriptors: Principals, Career Development, Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement
Wang, Elaine Lin; Gates, Susan M.; Herman, Rebecca; Mean, Monica; Perera, Rachel; Tsai, Tiffany; Whipkey, Katie; Andrew, Megan – RAND Corporation, 2018
School principals are charged with complex responsibilities that can include developing a school vision and culture, supporting teacher effectiveness, managing challenges and crises, communicating with the greater community, and more. However, recent research and surveys of school administrators indicate that principal preparation programs do not…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Program Effectiveness
Wang, Elaine Lin; Gates, Susan M.; Herman, Rebecca; Mean, Monica; Perera, Rachel; Tsai, Tiffany; Whipkey, Katie; Andrew, Megan – RAND Corporation, 2018
School principals are charged with complex responsibilities that can include developing a school vision and culture, supporting teacher effectiveness, managing challenges and crises, communicating with the greater community, and more. However, recent research and surveys of school administrators indicate that principal preparation programs do not…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Program Effectiveness
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