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Durham, Rachel E. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2018
This report provides a qualitative account of the implementation of two college access support models in Baltimore City Schools. The initiative, launched in 2016-17, was developed by the College Bound Foundation and featured a 'roving' college access professional (CAP) that served students in three different high schools, as well as another CAP…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Models, Social Capital, Student Financial Aid
Stein, Marc L.; Grigg, Jeffrey; Cronister, Curt; Chavis, Celeste; Connolly, Faith – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2017
This report is the first publication of a multi-year project examining the relationship between student commutes using public transportation and on-time arrival and absenteeism. This report begins to develop a basic understanding of how students commute to high school in Baltimore with a focus on those using public transportation. The report is…
Descriptors: Student Transportation, High School Students, Eligibility, Attendance
Durham, Rachel E.; Ruiz, Rudy; Connolly, Faith – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2017
This Fact Book follows a series of reports completed by the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) between 2011 and 2015, that examined Baltimore City graduates' enrollment in college and later degree completion (Durham, Stein, & Connolly, 2015; Durham & Olson, 2013; Durham & Westlund, 2011), as well as indicators of college…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, College Attendance, College Graduates, High School Graduates
Durham, Rachel E.; Connolly, Faith – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2017
In 2012, the Community School Engagement Strategy was adopted by the Family League of Baltimore as a way to address historical racial and structural inequalities that have produced unequal educational outcomes among the city's children and youth. The goals of community schools include integrating health and social supports for children and their…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Holistic Approach, Student Needs, Family Needs
Bettencourt, Amie; Gross, Deborah; Ho, Grace – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2016
In 2014-15, over 50% of kindergarten children in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) did not meet benchmarks for social-behavior readiness. These include the readiness skills children need to follow directions, comply with rules, manage emotions, solve problems, organize and complete tasks, and get along with others. Social-behavioral…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Public Schools, Urban Schools, School Readiness
Grigg, Jeffrey; Connolly, Faith; D'Souza, Stephanie; Mitchell, Charlie – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2016
This brief examines kindergarten readiness and attendance in kindergarten for children enrolled in publicly provided early education programs as well as similar children who entered kindergarten without enrolling in these programs. Key findings detail the effects for children if they were enrolled for at least 90 calendar days as a three- or…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Attendance, Early Childhood Education
Durham, Rachel E.; Connolly, Faith – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2016
This report documents the interim progress of the Baltimore Community School (CommSch) strategy by examining outcomes for the 2014-15 school year. Results show that CommSch parents more often reported being connected with community resources by school staff compared to parents at other schools. They also were more likely to report that school…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Student Characteristics, Parent Participation, Educational Environment
Durham, Rachel E. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2016
This report features research on Stocks in the Future (SIF), a financial literacy program for middle-grades students. The goals of SIF are to serve underrepresented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students in schools where more than 50% are eligible for free/reduced-price meals, achieve stronger student attendance and greater attachment to…
Descriptors: Money Management, Public Schools, Urban Schools, Middle School Students
Durham, Rachel E.; Stein, Marc L.; Connolly, Faith – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2015
The total number of Baltimore City Schools (City Schools) graduates who enrolled in college the next fall declined across the Classes of 2007-2014. The percentage of graduates enrolling in college also decreased by more than 7.0 percentage points, from 49.8% to 42.0%. At the same time, the total number of high school graduates increased, as cohort…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High School Graduates, College Bound Students, Enrollment Rate
Sheldon, Steven B.; Davis, Marcia H. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2015
This report focuses on the opening of new school libraries and their impact on schools, teachers and students after two years of implementation of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (Library Project). The findings build on the first report of this project and show that it is not just new facilities, but also the added…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Program Implementation
Mac Iver, Martha Abele; Mac Iver, Douglas J. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2015
In 2011 Baltimore City Schools submitted a successful proposal for an Investing in Innovations (i3) grant to offer a three year (2012-2014) summer program designed to expose rising sixth through eighth grade students to VEX robotics. The i3-funded Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Learning Program was…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Summer Programs, Grade 6, Grade 7
Sheldon, Steven B.; Davis, Marcia H.; Connolly, Faith – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has partnered with Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) to complete a series of reports examining the implementation and impact of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (Library Project). This report on the first year of the project examines the experiences of the…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Urban Schools
Olsen, Linda S. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
This brief examines absences in September and students' attendance over the rest of the year. Attendance should be addressed before it becomes problematic. Chronic absenteeism, missing more than 20 days of a school year, is an early indicator of disengagement. High absence rates have negative consequences not only for individual students, but also…
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Learner Engagement, At Risk Students, Intervention
Olson, Linda S. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
In partnership with the Mayor of Baltimore City and Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), Family League of Baltimore (Family League) launched the Community & School Engagement Strategy in school year 2012-13. As part of that process, it intentionally aligned its existing Out of School Time (OST) activities with community schools…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Community Schools, After School Programs
Connolly, Faith; Olson, Linda S.; Durham, Rachel E.; Plank, Stephen B. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
This report compares high school indicators of college readiness for the Baltimore City Schools Class of 2011 with actual readiness as determined by Maryland colleges. Each Maryland college determines its own criteria for entering credit bearing courses or taking developmental courses. As a result, findings are reported separately by college…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Educational Indicators, Readiness, Urban Schools
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