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Education Grants: Promise Neighborhoods Promotes Collaboration but Needs National Evaluation Plan - To improve educational and developmental outcomes for children in distressed neighborhoods, the U.S. Department of Education developed the Promise Neighborhoods grant program. Community-based organizations were to work with local partners to implement and evaluate a cradle-to-grave continuum of services. After analysis, the GAO's recommendations for this initiative are that the U.S. Department of Education communicate grant expectations more clearly, identify federal resources that can help and devise an evaluation strategy. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, May 2014)...

Transforming Learning Supports to Transform Schools - School reform continues to focus primarily on two arenas: improving curriculum and instruction and rethinking the way our schools are governed and managed. We have new curriculum, new tests, new evaluation schemes, new technology, and new governance for some schools. But little is substantively new about the ways in which schools address factors that interfere with students benefitting from improved instruction. This paper provides a policy perspective on what needs to be done as Congress moves forward to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (National Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, October 2012)...

Promoting Physical Activity through Shared Use of School and Community Recreational Resources - A new research brief from Active Living Research summarizes research on community access to school sport and recreation facilities outside of school hours, as well as studies that examine the shared use of school facilities and programs with other community groups or agencies. It also describes challenges commonly associated with the shared use of recreational facilities, and opportunities for policy-makers at the state and local level. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, April 2012)...

Continuing Challenges and Potential for Collaborative Approaches to Education Reform - Researchers found that the restructured effort yielded functioning collaboratives with varying abilities to meet their goals and that those abilities were influenced by such factors as strong leadership and a positive funding environment. They also found that collaboratives can grow out of deliberate foundation efforts, though the process is not straightforward and their financial sustainability in a bad economy is uncertain. (Rand Corporation, March 2011) ...

Understanding Community Schools as Collaboratives for System Building to Address Barriers and Promote Well-Being - This brief reviews different agenda for establishing school-community connections in general and community schools specifically. A Comprehensive Community School is discussed as an entity that emerges from system building by school-family-community collaboratives. Policy implications for facilitating the types of systemic changes involved are underscored. (Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, March 2011)...

Lessons in Early Learning: Building an Integrated Pre-K-12 System in Montgomery County Public Schools - The report examined the success of Montgomery Public Schools in the State of Maryland and identified five lessons that should inform other local, district and even national efforts to implement pre-k-3 reforms. (Geoff Marietta, Pre-K Now and Foundation for Child Development, August 2010)...

Frameworks for Systemic Transformation of Student and Learning Supports - Given the continuing difficulties related to reducing dropout rates and closing the achievement gap, the findings underscore the need for expanding school improvement in ways that substantially enhance learning supports. As a resource for the systemic transformation of student and learning supports, the Center has formulated a set of frameworks to underscore the need and as potential guides for moving forward. This document highlights these frameworks. (Center for Mental Health in Schools, 2008)...

Toward a School District Infrastructure that More Effectively Addresses Barriers to Learning and Teaching - This report looks at school districts and systems and illustrates deficiencies in organizational structure and barriers to learning and teaching. It considers the need for restructuring and offers models for the development of comprehensive system of learning supports. (Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor, Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, January 2007)...

School Improvement Planning: What's Missing? - This paper argues that school improvement planning processes have not been conceived in ways likely to produce desired learning outcomes for many students. One fundamental reason for this is the lack of attention given to how schools do and do not address barriers to learning and teaching, and this paper's emphasis is on assessing how well school improvement planning guides focus on addressing these barriers. (Center for Mental Health in Schools, University of California Los Angeles, Spring 2005)...

Advocates for Children’s Project Achieve: A Model Project Providing Education Advocacy for Children in the Child Welfare System - Despite the desperate need for services to which they are entitled, the educational needs of children in foster care often go unmet because of the rigorous documentation required and the substantial amount of parental participation and advocacy required. Project Achieve is designed to ensure children in or at risk of placement in foster care receive access to appropriate educational services. This report examines the results from implementation of the pilot program from fall 2002 to spring 2004. Project Achieve handled a total of 134 requests for assistance over the course of the project and reported successful resolution of school-related problems - the majority of which were for special education services - for 89% of the students referred. (Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., March 2005)...


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