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McClanahan, Wendy; Hartmann, Tracey A. – Research for Action, 2017
As part of an ongoing, multi-million dollar Wallace Foundation initiative to improve and expand arts learning opportunities for young people, the Wallace Foundation, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), developed the Youth Arts Initiative (YAI) to deliver otherwise inaccessible high-quality arts programs to low-income…
Descriptors: Art Education, Youth Programs, National Organizations, Youth Clubs
Lin, Joshua; Hughes, Rosemary; Long, Daniel; Kim, Dae – Research for Action, 2016
As a group, English Language Learners (ELLs) are diverse and come from a variety of home languages, cultures, educational backgrounds, and educational needs. This brief focuses on descriptive characteristics of the ELL students served by the School District of Philadelphia in 2014-2015. Specifically, this brief highlights the diversity of the ELL…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Student Characteristics, School Districts, Demography
Rowland, Jeannette; Reumann-Moore, Rebecca; Hughes, Rosemary; Lin, Joshua – Research for Action, 2016
Academic success for ELLs depends on high quality instruction and the infrastructure needed to support it (e.g., staff, curricular materials, collaboration, professional development). This brief examines the challenges schools face in these areas and the strategies they use to mediate them. The purpose of this brief is to share these strategies…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Barriers, Student Needs
Reumann-Moore, Rebecca; Rowland, Jeannette; Hughes, Rosemary; Lin, Joshua – Research for Action, 2016
Districts, charter management organizations, and individual schools can learn a great deal from each other about strategies for creating robust and supportive learning environments for English Language Learners (ELLS). This brief highlights key findings about how Philadelphia public schools were crafting instructional approaches to serve their…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, English Language Learners, Public Schools, Teaching Methods
Hughes, Rosemary; Reumann-Moore, Rebecca; Rowland, Jeannette; Lin, Joshua – Research for Action, 2016
When schools, families, and communities work together, student outcomes are better. This brief focuses on the ways family and community engagement can enhance schools' efforts to improve outcomes for ELLs and highlights specific strategies schools can use to more effectively engage families and communities.
Descriptors: Family Programs, Family Involvement, Community Programs, English Language Learners
Jenkins, Della; Englander, Katie – Research for Action, 2016
Policymakers are recognizing that Pennsylvania has fallen behind in providing equitable access to high quality early childhood education. Governor Tom Wolf ran on a campaign promise of universal pre-k access and proposed an unprecedented budget increase for early childhood programs in 2016. In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney has made pre-k a…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Early Childhood Education, Access to Education, Educational Quality
Jenkins, Della; Duffy, Mark – Research for Action, 2016
Community schools are receiving increased attention in Pennsylvania and across the country as policymakers and practitioners strive to address the effects of poverty on academic performance, and provide more comprehensive supports for traditionally-underserved populations. While many advocates and education leaders tout the promise of community…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Program Implementation
Norton, Michael; Kim, Dae Y.; Long, Daniel A. – Research for Action, 2016
Research for Action (RFA) was commissioned to evaluate changes in student outcomes during the first three years of the Project Leadership and Investment for Transformation (LIFT). This report focuses on two questions: (1) how do LIFT students' behavioral and academic performance compare to those of a matched set of non-LIFT comparison students?;…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Program Implementation, Academic Achievement, Student Behavior
Duffy, Mark; Jenkins, Della – Research for Action, 2015
For more than two decades, states have been required to report publicly on the academic performance of schools and districts. These school rating systems have received increased public attention amid growing concerns about the prevalence and cost of standardized testing in schools. According to a recent Gallup Poll, 64 percent of the public…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Accountability, School Statistics, School Effectiveness
Beaver, Jessica K.; Hallar, Brittan; Westmaas, Lucas; Englander, Katie – Research for Action, 2015
The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium--or PERC--was launched in August 2014 as an innovative partnership designed to provide research and analyses on some of the city's most pressing education issues. This partnership was forged among the School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia's charter school sector, and Research for Action (RFA).…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Best Practices, Program Implementation, Teacher Surveys
Reumann-Moore, Rebecca; Duffy, Mark – Research for Action, 2015
Initiated for the 2013-14 school year, the Common Assignment Study (CAS) is a three-year effort being led by the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) and The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky (The Fund) with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Conceptually, CAS builds on previous efforts to improve instruction through…
Descriptors: Assignments, Units of Study, Literacy Education, Feedback (Response)
Beaver, Jessica K.; Englander, Katie; Leow, Christine; Barnes, Marvin – Research for Action, 2015
Beginning in spring 2013, students in seven elementary schools throughout the Project LIFT zone in Charlotte, North Carolina began to receive XO laptops provided by the organization One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) for use both within their classroom and at home. This report details Research for Action's (RFA) mixed-method evaluation of the first year…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Program Evaluation, Elementary School Students, Laptop Computers
Gao, Jian; Hallar, Brittan; Hartmann, Tracey A. – Research For Action, 2014
This report examines the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) programs evaluated by Research for Action (RFA) and presents an aggregate analysis of key findings to inform broader discussions about OST programs. The report addresses the following questions: (1) Who participated in the 21st CCLC programs and how frequently did they…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Community Centers, Grants, Program Effectiveness
Research For Action, 2014
Charter school authorization, accountability, and funding will be key features of education policy debates in Pennsylvania over the next several months. One proposed policy, Senate Bill 1085, would amend significant aspects of the state's charter school law, including the system for charter school approval, specific criteria for evaluating…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Higher Education, State Legislation, Enrollment
Beaver, Jessica K.; Reumann-Moore, Rebecca – Research For Action, 2014
As of the writing of this report, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Approaches to implementing the standards, however, are highly varied. For the past 3 years, Research For Action (RFA) has been tracking how one approach to implementing the literacy standards--the Literacy…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Alignment (Education), Best Practices
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