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Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2021
This year's report examines the critical role community plays in education. Integrating learning that takes place inside and outside of school has always been a powerful strategy to support student success, but it gained special relevance this year, as school closures made family and community members integral parts of students' daily learning.…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, School Closing, Pandemics, COVID-19
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
This year's Action Guide examines the need for new ways of measuring student success. Academic test scores are just one method of measuring student progress, offering an incomplete picture of student learning and growth. Educators and state leaders recognize that serving all students well requires focusing on their individual needs, including…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Measurement, Measurement Objectives
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
Defining and measuring success are not merely process steps, but critical conversations that shape how education is understood and delivered. They influence how individuals within and outside the system perceive the goals of education. They shape the incentives for stakeholders seeking to improve educational outcomes. Methods of measuring success…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Measurement, Measurement Objectives
Eaton, Annelise – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
Educators have long recognized that students gain important skills through real-world learning, which frequently takes place outside school hours or school walls. In Boston and Providence, after-school program leaders engaged in a bold experiment to formally recognize these skills through an innovative credential called a digital badge. For two…
Descriptors: Credentials, Recognition (Achievement), Information Storage, Experiential Learning
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
The transition from high school to college is challenging under normal circumstances. But this year--with students ending high school remotely and potentially starting college virtually--this transition may seem nearly impossible for too many students. Young people will need to navigate complex systems of registration, enrollment, and financial…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, College Readiness, High School Students, Summer Programs
Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
The Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School in Cambridge--winner of the 2019 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools--was founded in 1996 by a group of Cambridge-area Black parents and concerned community leaders who acted on the reality that their children did not have access to a rigorous, high-quality education in the traditional neighborhood public…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Excellence in Education, Charter Schools, Public Schools
Eaton, Annelise – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2020
Located in the heart of Charlestown [Boston, MA], Harvard-Kent Elementary School serves 365 students in grades Pre-K to 5. The school serves the highest percentage of children living in public housing of any Boston school. It is home to a specialized program for students learning English as well as a therapeutic program for children with emotional…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Improvement, Preschool Education, Kindergarten
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
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
Eaton, Annelise – Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, 2019
In many high-wage industries, a high school degree no longer prepares students to enter the workforce. By 2020, labor market analysts predict that 65 percent of all jobs will require postsecondary education or training. Though high schools across the Commonwealth seek to prepare students for both higher education and the workforce, too many…
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Students, College Readiness, Acceleration (Education)
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