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Kraft, Matthew A.; Marinell, William H.; Yee, Darrick – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
During the last decade, education research and policy have generated considerable momentum behind efforts to remake teacher evaluation systems and place an effective teacher in every classroom. But schools are not simply collections of individual teachers; they are also organizations, with structures, practices, and norms that may impede or…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Academic Achievement, Labor Turnover, School Safety
Klevan, Sarah; Villavicencio, Adriana – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
Researchers and practitioners increasingly recognize that a positive school culture not only enhances students' day-to-day experiences, but also plays a role in raising student achievement. Yet many schools struggle to create a welcoming and supportive schoolwide culture. Indeed, there is evidence that students of color in particular--and perhaps…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Educational Change, School Culture, Student Experience
Klevan, Sarah; Villavicencio, Adriana – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
Researchers and practitioners increasingly recognize that a positive school culture not only enhances students' day-to-day experiences, but also plays a role in raising student achievement. Yet many schools struggle to create a welcoming and supportive schoolwide culture. Indeed, there is evidence that students of color in particular--and perhaps…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Educational Change, School Culture, Student Experience
Kraft, Matthew A.; Marinell, William H.; Yee, Darrick – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
We study the relationship between school organizational contexts, teacher turnover, and student achievement in New York City (NYC) middle schools. Using factor analysis, we construct measures of four distinct dimensions of school contexts captured on the annual NYC School Survey. We identify credible estimates by isolating variation in…
Descriptors: Faculty Mobility, Academic Achievement, School Organization, Educational Environment
Villavicencio, Adriana; Siman, Nina; Lafayette, Camille; Kang, David – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
In 2011, with support from a federal Investing in Innovation grant, the NYC Department of Education launched Innovate NYC Schools. The initiative was designed to address two, related challenges to effectively integrating education technology (ed-tech) into classrooms: First, procurement of ed-tech tools is often hampered by a disconnect between…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Technology Integration, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
Villavicencio, Adriana; Siman, Nina; Lafayette, Camille; Kang, David – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
In 2011, with support from a federal Investing in Innovation grant, the NYC Department of Education launched Innovate NYC Schools. The initiative was designed to address two, related challenges to effectively integrating education technology (ed-tech) into classrooms: First, procurement of ed-tech tools is often hampered by a disconnect between…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Technology Integration, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
Black, Kristin – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
Funders, policymakers, and program leaders recognize the value of high-quality evidence. To make good use of a program evaluation, initiatives must contend with a set of fundamental questions first. Some of these are about the initiative itself: What outcomes does it seek to affect? Are daily activities in line with long-term goals? Others are…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Colleges
Villavicencio, Adriana; Schwab, Ben; Lafayette, Camille – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
School districts across the country are increasingly seeking out digital tools to support the work of educators, in the hopes of improving students' academic achievement. With the rapid emergence of this new market, many districts have been challenged by the task of identifying and procuring educational technology (ed-tech) products that match the…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Program Development
Merrill, Lisa; Kang, David; Siman, Nina; Soltani, Jasmine – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
This document presents the technical appendices that accompany the full report entitled:"Focus on Mentee-Mentor Relationships: The 10th Grade Implementation of iMentor's College Ready Program." The appendices include: (1) Mentor Survey Construct Items; (2) Qualative Data Collection and Analysis Methods; and (3) Methods for Estimating the…
Descriptors: Mentors, Interpersonal Relationship, College Readiness, College Preparation
Merrill, Lisa; Kang, David; Siman, Nina; Soltani, Jasmine – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
The iMentor College Ready Program is a model that combines school-based mentoring with technology and aspects of whole school reform. The program aims to create strong relationships between low-income youth and college-educated mentors--and to leverage these relationships to help students develop the mindsets, skills, and knowledge necessary to…
Descriptors: Mentors, Interpersonal Relationship, College Readiness, College Preparation
Merrill, Lisa; Kang, David; Siman, Nina; Soltani, Jasmine – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
The iMentor College Ready Program combines school-based mentoring with technology and aspects of whole school reform. The program strives to create strong relationships between low-income youth and college-educated mentors--relationships that it hopes to leverage to help students develop the mindsets, skills, and knowledge necessary to enroll and…
Descriptors: Mentors, Interpersonal Relationship, College Readiness, College Preparation
Laing, Tony; Villavicencio, Adriana – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2016
Black and Latino young men may face a number of barriers on their pathway to college, including a belief that college is not for them, difficulty navigating the college search and application process, financial obstacles, and insufficient academic preparation. Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) schools are working to prepare students for college…
Descriptors: Barriers, College Preparation, African American Students, Hispanic American Students
Corcoran, Sean P.; Baker-Smith, Christine – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2015
New York City's specialized high schools have a long history of offering a rigorous, college preparatory, public education to some of NYC's highest-achieving students. Despite enrolling only a small fraction of the City's high school students, the specialized schools have become a powerful symbol in a larger public debate about educational equity.…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High Schools, Special Schools, College Preparation
Corcoran, Sean P.; Baker-Smith, Christine – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2015
New York City's elite public specialized high schools have a long history of offering a rigorous college preparatory education to the City's most academically talented students. Though immensely popular and highly selective, their policy of admitting students on the basis of a single entrance exam has been heavily criticized. Many argue, for…
Descriptors: High Schools, Urban Schools, Special Schools, Gifted
Kemple, James J. – Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 2015
In the first decade of the 21st century, the New York City (NYC) Department of Education implemented a set of large-scale and much debated high school reforms, which included closing large, low-performing schools, opening new small schools, and extending high school choice to students throughout the district. The school closure process was the…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Closing, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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