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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
Durham, Rachel E. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
The Ingenuity program was designed to "provide Baltimore's brightest middle school students with a free, highly accelerated, and challenging mathematics and science curriculum" (Ingenuity Project, 2014). It started in 1993 at two middle schools, one on the east side of Baltimore and the second on the west, but as of SY 2014-15 the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Acceleration (Education)
Durham, Rachel E.; Bettencourt, Amie; Connolly, Faith – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
Despite--or perhaps due to--the lack of consensus on its definition, there is abundant interest in and research on school climate. Researchers have determined that improving school climate is one way to increase academic achievement, school safety, school completion, teacher retention, healthy social interactions, and student well-being (Cohen,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Urban Schools, Educational Indicators, School Effectiveness
Smith, Tami Kopischke; Connolly, Faith; Pryseski, Charlene – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
The term "school climate" has been around for more than a hundred years to explore the idea of school environmental or contextual factors that might have an impact on student learning and academic success. During the past three decades there has been growing research to support the importance of a positive school climate in promoting…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, School Culture, Principals, Teacher Role
Mac Iver, Martha Abele; Mac Iver, Douglas J. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2014
Recognizing the importance of both keeping middle school students engaged and improving their math skills, Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) developed a summer school STEM program involving not only math and science instruction but also the experience of building a robot and competing with those robots in a city-wide tournament.…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Summer Programs, Robotics, Mathematics Skills
Durham, Rachel E.; Olson, Linda S. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2013
Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) has made great strides in its effort to lower the number of high school dropouts and to encourage prior dropouts to return and graduate by providing a broad set of options for students with a diverse set of needs and academic histories. At the same time, City Schools has initiated an effort to foster a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Dropout Prevention, Graduation Rate
Olson, Linda S.; Connolly, Faith; Kommajesula, Alok H. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2013
Out of School Time (OST) programs have been shown to promote positive personal, academic and social development (Huang, Gribbons, Kim, Lee, & Baker, 2000; Welsh et al., 2002). The Family League of Baltimore City works with partners to sponsor a range of after-school programs in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) to provide healthy…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, After School Programs, Student Participation, Public Schools
Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2012
This brief presents findings from 347 observations conducted in 23 second and third grade classrooms over two years to paint a picture of the in-school experiences of students who had been first graders in eighth Baltimore City Public Schools in 2007-08. Using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), an observation instrument and protocol…
Descriptors: Accountability, Scoring, Educational Change, Classrooms
Connolly, Faith; Olson, Linda S. – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2012
This study looks at attendance in the early grades of elementary school. In particular, the authors focus on students enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten (PreK) and Kindergarten (K). They follow these young students over several years to determine their pattern of chronic absence (CA), defined as missing more than one-ninth of days enrolled, and their…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Enrollment, Kindergarten, Charts
Durham, Rachel E.; Westlund, Erik – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2011
Earning a college degree improves a person's life outcomes in employment, income, health, and quality of life. Thus, it is important to track Baltimore City Schools graduates success in attending and completing college. In this study, the authors sought to summarize college enrollment and completion trends over the past several years. These data…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Enrollment, Quality of Life, College Attendance
Durham, Rachel E.; Westlund, Erik – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2011
Earning a college degree increases a person's life outcomes in income, employment, health, and quality of life. The average person with a bachelor's degree earns almost twice as much as a high school graduate and nearly triple that of someone who did not finish high school. The unemployment rate for people with bachelor's degrees is about…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Enrollment, Educational Attainment, Employment Patterns
Plank, Stephen B.; Condliffe, Barbara – Baltimore Education Research Consortium, 2011
This report presents findings from two years of classroom observation designed to help understand the in-school experiences of students who had been first graders in eight Baltimore public schools in 2007-08. During the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, the authors conducted fieldwork to understand learning opportunities and settings for a set of…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Academic Support Services, Evidence, Scoring
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