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Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
For too many young people, the transition from high school to college or a career poses significant challenges. In Boston alone, nearly 5,000 16- to 24-year-olds are not in school or employed. This group, known as Opportunity Youth, represents incredible untapped promise and potential. Our latest report takes an in-depth look at what career…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Career Readiness, Career Development, Student Needs
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
Within the city, nearly 5,000 16- to 24-year-olds are not in school or employed. Most of these young people have already earned a high school diploma, but struggle to connect with employment opportunities outside of unstable, low-paying jobs with limited opportunities for advancement. This group, known as Opportunity Youth (OY), represents…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Career Readiness, Career Development, Student Needs
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
In this study, the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy sought to uncover the ways in which Massachusetts schools and districts support students' behavioral health needs. This study was guided by the following research questions: (1) What are districts doing to integrate social, emotional and behavioral health supports? (2) What are…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Social Development, Emotional Development, Behavior Development
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
Massachusetts faces challenges in preparing all students for lifelong success, with substantial disparities in both opportunities and outcomes. For instance, on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, less than 30 percent of black and Latino fourth graders in Massachusetts demonstrated proficiency in reading, compared to 60 percent…
Descriptors: Student Role, Educational Change, Decision Making, Student Leadership
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
In this executive summary, the Rennie Center reexamines the current way of doing business, looking at how educators can incorporate student voice into decision-making processes in order to help all learners construct a pathway to success in college, careers, and life. Massachusetts faces challenges in preparing all students for lifelong success,…
Descriptors: Student Role, Educational Change, Decision Making, Student Leadership
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
In the United States, one in nine young people is neither in school nor working. That's 4.5 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24. This population, known as Opportunity Youth (OY), is disconnected in a way that can lead to lower lifetime earnings and a higher likelihood of social isolation. With generous support from the Clipper Ship…
Descriptors: Out of School Youth, Unemployment, Adolescents, Young Adults
Eaton, Annelise – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
The winner of the 2018 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools-- the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (EMK) in Boston-- seeks to empower underrepresented students to succeed in college and high-wage careers. With an emphasis on healthcare-related career exposure and experiential learning, the school places a deliberate focus on preparing…
Descriptors: Vocational High Schools, Student Empowerment, Disproportionate Representation, Experiential Learning
Eaton, Annelise – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
In Boston and Providence, youth serving organizations recognized a need to credential students' real-world skills including teamwork, perseverance and critical thinking. By issuing digital badges, a microcredential gaining traction in both workforce development and education, programs are equipping students with portable evidence of their skills,…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Credentials, Skills, Recognition (Achievement)
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2018
Partnering with Commonwealth schools and districts focused on continuous learning and improving student outcomes has had a profound impact on how the Rennie Center thinks about effective and sustainable change. This knowledge has guided the creation of Rennie's Change Management Framework, a rigorous, structured approach to planning and…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Strategies, Educational Practices
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2018
This research report examines the dramatic turnaround of the Mildred Avenue School in Mattapan, which won EdVestors' 2017 School on the Move Prize. We teamed up with EdVestors to investigate the role of teacher leadership and labor-management collaboration in driving rapid school improvement. In 2013, the Mildred was a school in crisis. Academic…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, School Turnaround, Elementary Schools, Public Schools
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2018
The Winter Hill Community Innovation School in Somerville, Massachusetts and the Paul Revere Innovation School in Revere, Massachusetts, winners of the 2017 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools--excel in attending to the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of all students in the diverse communities they serve. Leveraging autonomy to strengthen…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Social Development, Emotional Development, Wellness
Fried, Simone – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2018
Between 1990 and 2010, the demographics of Everett, Massachusetts underwent significant change. Families that were new to the community, and new to the United States, arrived to the predominantly white working-class community, bringing ethnic and linguistic diversity. Everett Public Schools faced a challenge in accommodating a more diverse student…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Public Schools, Student Diversity, Student Needs
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2018
The Condition of Education in the Commonwealth project is one way the Rennie Center fulfills its mission of producing non-partisan and independent research that promotes improvement in public education for all Massachusetts children. Its principles include: (1) Education encompasses more than academics; and (2) Schools should not--and cannot--work…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Best Practices, State Policy
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2017
Most young people face challenges on the road to a college degree. They must make important decisions about career preparation, financing a college education, and how college and work fit together to ensure income security while in school. These challenges often seem particularly daunting for two groups of students: opportunity youth (OY)--the 5…
Descriptors: Success, College Readiness, Community Role, School Role
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2017
This year's Condition of Education "Action Guide" offers a series of policy and practice changes to support a student-centered approach to education. Student-Centered Learning (SCL) is any instructional approach that begins with the needs and interests of the individual learner and engages students as drivers of their own learning. SCL…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Effectiveness, College Preparation
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