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$100 MILLION UPMC COMMITMENT TO FUND HS GRADS VIA PITTSBURGH PROMISE
https://pittsburghpromise.org/
From the web site: "In 2007, UPMC announced a $100 million commitment to help students graduating from Pittsburgh Public Schools further their education after high school. Developed by the city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Pittsburgh Promise is designed to give graduates of Pittsburgh’s public high schools the means to pursue postsecondary education, regardless of family income, at an accredited post secondary institution in Pennsylvania. Read more at https://www.upmc.com/about/community-commitment/pittsburgh-promise

1.3 MILLION HOMELESS STUDENTS IN US - 2019 REPORT
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From the web site: "This is the latest article in The 74’s ongoing ‘Big Picture’ series, bringing American education into sharper focus through new research and data. This article shows that More than 1.3 million public school students experienced homelessness during the 2016-17 school year, a 7 percent increase over three years ago and the largest number ever recorded. Over the past decade, the population of students experiencing homelessness has spiked by a startling 70 percent."

21ST CENTURY SKILLS EVERY STUDENT NEEDS - 2017 ARTICLE
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/03/21st-century-skills-future-jobs-students
The graphics and charts in this World Economic Forum article provide a clear list of skills and habits that need to be learned by students and adults.

99 PROBLEMS FACING HIGHER ED - 2018 SALON.COM ARTICLE
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This article begins as a commentary about media coverage of "left-wing" college student protests. Then it provides a list of 99 issues that it feels are more important to talk about, starting with Tuition,  Student Loan Debt, Housing Costs\ and Hunger. Each topic is linked to an article, which makes this a valuable resource for anyone researching this issue. 

A NEW APPROACH: SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF EDUCATION (2020 ARTICLE)
https://medium.com/rs21/social-determinants-of-education-covid-19-and-responding-to-student-needs-42cf9efb2a0
In the health care field the concept of "Social Determinants of Health" has been conceptualized as a broader framework for understanding and addressing health issues.  In this article RS21 outlines the concept of "Social Determinants of Education" and talks about a comprehensive data dashboard that can help school systems understand and address short and long- term issues related to student outcomes.

ADDRESING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS TO ENSURE ON-TIME GRADUATION (2016 ARTICLE)
https://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/%202017/01/13/social-determinants-and-graduation
From the article "This policy statement addresses the social determinants that affect on-time  high school graduation. Educational attainment is a leading social determinant of health (and economic viability), yet analyses of place-based statistics indicate that other social determinants such as housing and employment, food security, access to health care, neighborhood and built environment characteristics, and violence are also significant factors in on-time graduation rates."  Read more.

AN UNDERSTANDING OF SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF LEARNING (TM)
https://journals.lww.com/neponline/Fulltext/2021/07000/Developing_a_Social_Determinants_of_Learning_3.aspx?WT.mc_id=HPxADx20100319xMP
From the article: "the aim of this study was to propose a framework, social determinants of learning (TM), an actionable model to address learning disparities and expand learning opportunities to support nursing student diversity, equity, and inclusion."  Read this along with the Social Determinants of Education articles.

2015 ARTICLE ABOUT SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF EDUCATION 
https://www.youngedprofessionals.org/yep-dc-recess-blog/the-social-determinants-of-education
Think of all the factors that influence a child during her lifetime that influence student learning and success in the adult world and the workforce. Read this article to help understand the concept of "Social Determinants of Education". 

A GENERATION OF SCHOOL CLOSINGS IN CHICAGO - WBEZ 2018 ARTICLE
https://interactive.wbez.org/generation-school-closings/?
This article leads of with "In the time it has taken for a child to grow up in Chicago, city leaders have either closed or radically shaken up some 200 public schools — nearly a third of the entire district — a comprehensive new tally by WBEZ finds. These decisions, defended as the best and only way to improve chronically low-performing schools or deal with serious under-enrollment, have meant 70,160 children — the vast majority of them black — have seen their schools closed or all staff in them fired.   That's more than all of the students and schools in Boston." Take some time to read it. 

A NATION AT RISK - AFTER 25 YEARS. ON EPI SITE.
https://www.epi.org/publication/webfeatures_viewpoints_nation_at_risk_25/
The Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. Today, with global competition expanding, wage inequality rising, and the methods and nature of work changing in fundamental ways, it is as crucial as ever that people who work for a living have a voice in the economic discourse.

The article we're pointing to was written by Richard Rothstein and EPI associate. The full text is at  http://www.cato-unbound.org/2008/04/07/richard-rothstein/a-nation-at-risk-twenty-five-years-later/  
This site is full of articles like this so add it to your reading list.

A NEW DAY FOR LEARNING
https://www.edutopia.org/new-day-for-learning-two
From the article: In Edutopia's "New Day for Learning initiative, we dig even deeper to highlight four full-time-learning* programs that share common elements for success: project learning, community connections, and curriculum building." This series includes four different models with quite a bit of related information." While this is from 2008 the ideas are still relevant. 

ACADEMIC, SOCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING (CASEL)
https://casel.org/
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) focuses on the social and emotional learning (SEL) needs of children and youth and shows school-family partnerships that attempt to address these needs

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH (AIR) - P-12 EDUCATION AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
https://www.air.org/our-work/education
From the web site: "We help children and youth do better in the classroom and in life by supporting educators and social service professionals, families and students, leaders and policymakers, to identify effective education programs and resources; to develop policies and services that promote well-being; and ultimately, to translate evidence into action. We work within and foster collaboration across systems—mental health/substance abuse, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, and education—strengthening their capacity to use evidence–based strategies.  AIR’s merger with Learning Point Associates in 2010 demonstrates its ongoing commitment to education research, evaluation, and technical assistance."

AMERICA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS HIGHLY SEGREGATED - SEE MAPS
https://www.urban.org/urban-wire/americas-public-schools-remain-highly-segregated
These maps in this article show that America’s public schools are still highly segregated by race and income, with the declining share of white students typically concentrated in schools with other white students and the growing share of Latino students concentrated into low-income public schools with other students of color.

ANNENBERG INSTITUTE - KNOWLEDGE LIBRARY
https://www.annenberginstitute.org/topics/accountability
From the web site: "In pursuit of more just and flourishing societies, the Annenberg Institute seeks to integrate and expand the range of work at Brown, re-envisioning how universities can enrich educational systems for the benefit of children and youth. The Institute strives to equalize and improve educational opportunities. By bringing together diverse thinkers to tackle difficult problems, the Institute advances the broader field: harnessing the power of Brown’s community to develop education leaders, building actionable knowledge through systematic research, partnering with educators and policy-makers for local impact, and encouraging robust civic discourse."  This link points to an extensive library of research articles.

BRIDGES4KIDS - EXTENSIVE WEB LIBRARY
https://www.bridges4kids.org/About.html
From the web site: Bridges4Kids is "A non-profit parent organization providing an internet-based system of information and referral for parents and professionals working with children from birth through transition to adult life.  Bridges4Kids operates a comprehensive website providing parents, educators, and others the information they need to help children who might be at-risk or have special needs. It is updated daily and includes information on child development, education issues and opportunities, and extensive disability, gifted, at-risk, parenting, and teaching resources. Choose the "search" function on our menu to search the entire site for the information you need."

BRINGING TOGETHER RESOURCES STUDENTS NEED TO LEARN - BLOG
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This article from the Community Works Institute (CWI)  blog talks about the social emotional needs of students and how two researchers are trying to address this.

BROADER, BOLDER APPROACH TO EDUCATION
http://www.boldapproach.org/
From the web site: "The Broader, Bolder Approach to Education is a national campaign that advances evidence-based strategies to mitigate the impacts of poverty-related disadvantages on teaching and learning. We work with diverse communities to elevate examples of comprehensive approaches to education so that our public school system ensures every child an excellent and equitable education". 

BUILDING A NEW STRUCTURE FOR SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/08/05/building-new-structure-school-leadership
From the web site: This 2008 article is "Based on the essay "Building a New Structure for School Leadership," from Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Richard Elmore's book, School Reform from the Inside Out: Policy, Practice, and Performance (Harvard Education Press, 2004)."

CALIFORNIA UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS - 2010 REPORT
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This report illustrates how the there are "vast disparities in achievement, particularly among chronically underperforming schools serving thousands of Latinos, African-Americans, and English learners" in California, as well as Illinois and other states.

CARNEGIE FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TEACHING - SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT RESOURCES
https://www.carnegiefoundation.org/
From the web site: "Carnegie advocates for the use of improvement science to accelerate how a field learns to improve. Improvement science deploys rapid tests of change to guide the development, revision and continued fine-tuning of new tools, processes, work roles and relationships. Improvement science is explicitly designed to accelerate learning-by-doing. It's a more user-centered and problem-centered approached to improving teaching and learning.

CARNEGIE MATH PATHWAYS
https://carnegiemathpathways.org/
From the web site: Mission  is "Empowering ALL students to reach their college and career goals by transforming their mathematics learning experience."  Supports a "network of faculty members, researchers, designers, students, and content experts to create a new system to increase student success in developmental mathematics." 

CENSUS 2000 SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL TABULATION - PROXIMITYONE
http://www.proximityone.com/childrens_demographics/guide/
From the ProximityOne web site - "We develop, provide access to, and analyze "resources to create and apply insight." Our geographic-demographic-economic data and analytical tools can help you knit together and use diverse data in a decision-making and analytical framework. Our demographic-economic estimates and projections can help you better understand the current situation/area characteristics and how areas of interest might change in the future. We offer geocoding tools and services to geocode address data that can then be visually analyzed in maps and otherwise to facilitate impact and geospatial analyses." This link points to a page with data mainly focused on the Census 2000 School District Special Tabulation data.

CENTER FOR SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF SCHOOLS (CSOS) AT JOHNS HOPKINS U
https://education.jhu.edu/csos/
From the web site: Founded more than 50 years ago at Johns Hopkins University, the Center for Social Organization of Schools, now part of the Johns Hopkins School of Education, concentrates its considerable research and development resources on improving low-performing schools and the education they offer their students.".

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS DATA SOURCES - GOOGLE DOC
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This Google doc is a listing of resources shared by The Chicago Public Education Fund at at May 2018 Chicago City Data User Group meeting.

CHRONIC SCHOOL ABSENCE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES - INTERACTIVE MAP
https://www.hamiltonproject.org/charts/chronic_absence_across_the_united_states
With this interactive resource you can zoom into the state, city and individual school level to see chronic school attendance rates. Use for understanding problem and focusing on solutions. This article shows how to use the map: https://tinyurl.com/The74-ChronicAttendanceMap

CLOSING THE BLACK-WHITE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
https://www.epi.org/publication/books_class_and_schools/
Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap  by Richard Rothstein . In his preface for the book, Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute, writes, "In this book, Richard Rothstein asks us to view the black-white and low- to middle-income achievement gaps with a wider lens. His revealing and persuasive analysis of how social class shapes learning outcomes forces us to look at the differences in learning styles and readiness across students as they enter school for the first time. Further, he prods us to consider the influence of income, health, safety and other gaps affecting students as they proceed through school."

COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS - BENCHMARKS
http://essentialschools.org/benchmarks/
From the web site: "The CES School Benchmarks are designed to address the challenge of helping schools translate the Coalition’s guiding tenets, the Common Principles, into practice by describing what the work of the Coalition “looks like.” The benchmarks are divided into two categories—Classroom Practices and Organizational Practices. Classroom Practices are focused on instruction and address the question “What does a CES classroom look like?” by sharing how each practice is reflected in teacher work and student outcomes. Organizational Practices are those school-wide practices that support and enable the Classroom Practices."

COLLEGE BOARD - ADVOCACY & RESEARCH
https://www.collegeboard.org/advocacy
The goal of this College Board initiative is that "All students should have access to an affordable and successful college experience. We offer recommendations to improve and simplify the financial aid system so that enrollment and full participation in college is possible for all students."

COLLEGE ISN’T A CURE FOR THE US's RACIAL WEALTH GAP - 2018 ARTICLE
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/07/college-isn-t-a-cure-for-the-racial-wealth-gap
This article from the World Economic Forum talks about a 2017 study, published in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, in which researchers decided to dig deeper into the question of how much impact college has on closing the racial wealth gap, and determined that over time, that college degrees contribute to wealth accumulation for white graduates—but not black graduates.  Read the article. 

COMMON GOOD FORCASTER - EXPLORE HOW EDUCATION AFFECTS US ALL.
https://measureofamerica.org/forecaster/
Use this interactive web site to explore how education affects us all. This is a very cool web site.

COVID19 IS HAVING DEVASTATING IMPACT ON CHILDREN - DEC. 2020 ARTICLE
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This NBC News article talks about the negative impact Covid19 has had on children and how it may continue well into the future.  

CRACKS IN THE EDUCATION PIPELINE
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From the publication: "We can no longer afford the inequities that have long characterized our system of education. According to Charles E.M. Kolb, the pipeline isn't just leaking; it is gushing.   As our need for educated workers grows, the American workforce is going to come increasingly from the ethnic groups that have been least well served at all levels of American education. By 2020, some 30 percent of our working-age population will be African-American or Hispanic, nearly double the percentage in 1980. And for these students, writes Charles E.M. Kolb, the pipeline isn't just leaking; it is gushing. With their eyes on the global competition, America's business leaders may be uniquely positioned to appreciate the urgency of the current situation. It is, thus, incumbent upon them to make the case to politicians and the public for systemic higher education reform -- for the investments necessary to ensure that (1) more students receive better preparation for higher education, (2) institutions of higher education are affordable, particularly for disadvantaged students, (3) colleges and universities have the commitment and capacity to educate all students who are motivated and eligible to attend, and (4) financial and academic support is provided to help students graduate.

CRITICAL THINKING: HOW DO WE TEACH IT?
https://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2019/2/28/can-we-teach-critical-thinking
This is an article by by Althea Need Kaminske , from 2019.

DANA CENTER AT UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS WORKS TO IMPROVE EDUCATION
https://www.utdanacenter.org/who-we-are
From the web site:  "The Dana Center collaborates with local and national entities to improve education systems so that they foster opportunity for all students, particularly in mathematics and science. We are dedicated to nurturing students' intellectual passions and ensuring that every student leaves school prepared for success in postsecondary education and the contemporary workplace—and for active participation in our modern democracy."

DATA POINTS: BLACK STUDENTS DECLINING AT CHICAGO'S TOP PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS AND IN CPS OVERALL
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2018 Metropolitan Chicago Planning Council report shows decline of African American students at top schools and throughout the entire system. 

DEEPER LEARNING - WHAT IS THIS?
https://hewlett.org/library/deeper-learning-advocacy-cluster-evaluation/
From the web site: "The Hewlett Foundation seeks to help student compete globally and become engaged citizens at home. To that end, we work to align K-12 schools in the U.S. to deliver and measure deeper learning—a set of six interrelated competencies: mastering rigorous academic content, learning how to think critically and solve problems, working collaboratively, communicating effectively, directing one’s own learning, and developing an academic mindsets — a belief in one’s ability to grow."

DEFINING THE SKILLS CITIZENS WILL NEED IN THE FUTURE WORLD OF WORK (2021 ARTICLE)
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From the website: "Research by McKinsey Global Research identified a set of 56 foundational skills that will benefit all citizens and showed that higher proficiency in them is already associated with a higher likelihood of employment, higher incomes, and job satisfaction." The article describes the research and the foundational skills and offers recommendations.  

US DEPT. OF ED. - EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA)
https://www.ed.gov/esea
This is the US Department of Education web site. This link provides details on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which when launched in 2001, was known as  No Child Left Behind, NCLB.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCHOOLS: PUBLIC, CHARTER, PRIVATE, INDEPENDENT, ETC.
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This article provides a brief description and differentiation between different types of k-12 schools serving more than 52 million US students a year.

DIGITAL EDUCATION AFTER COVID-19 - PDF
http://der.monash.edu/lnm/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/TECHLASH-01-COVID-education.pdf
This PDF focuses on issues of digital education and learning that need to be discussed as the world focuses on a post Covid-19 future.  Will education technology companies and business interests dominate or will school leaders, parents and policymakers join together to re-imagine the future of learning and the social benefits of education systems. This is from the Digital Education Research (DER) department at Monash University in Australia. 

DIGITAL PROMISE RESEARCH MAP
https://researchmap.digitalpromise.org/
One of the resources on this site is a huge library of research and ideas that anyone can use to build better programs to help young people.  The site uses innovative visualizations to help people navigate the information on the site. Take a look. 

DIGITAL REDLINING - LIMITING OF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
https://www.commonsense.org/education/articles/digital-redlining-access-and-privacy
Just as housing redlining restricted lending and where people of color lived in US cities, digital redlining is restricting what youth from low-income backgrounds, and those who attend community colleges in America. Read the article and build your understanding of this issue.

DISSECTING THE SOARING GRADUATION RATE FOR BLACK BOYS IN CHICAGO
https://interactive.wbez.org/2019/graduation-rates/
Chicago Public Schools boast growing graduation rates, but are these numbers totally true? This 2019 WEBZ article looks deeper at the graduation rates for Black Boys in Chicago. 

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION - RESOURCE FOR SCHOOL LEADERS
https://districtadministration.com/
From the web site: "District Administration, (DA), is the most widely received and most regularly read publication for school district leaders nationwide in print and digital publishing." 

ECONOMIC SEGREGATION RISING IN US PUBLIC SCHOOLS
https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2010/0527/Economic-segregation-rising-in-US-public-schools
From the web site: "The share of public schools with high concentrations of poor students jumped from 12 to 17 percent in eight years, a federal report shows. Economic segregation is tied to the persistent achievement gap." 

EDGAP.ORG MAP SHOWS ACT SCORES AND POVERTY LEVELS FOR 19 CITIES
https://www.edgap.org/#11/41.8340/-87.7322
From the web site: "This map is a visualization of average high-school SAT and ACT scores and median household income. Each circle on the map is a high school with at least 150 students, and the size and color of the circle give information about the average college-readiness scores at this school. The circles change from red to green and increase in size as scores go up; the blue background gets darker with increasing household income. Students are not considered college ready until they have ACT scores of about 21 or higher and/or SAT scores of about 1000 or higher."

EDUCATING ALL LEARNERS ALLIANCE - FOCUS ON STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
https://educatingalllearners.org/
From the website: "Coronavirus is posing unprecedented challenges to public schools around the country. To help ensure the continuity of special education services during remote instruction and to spotlight best practice approaches for schools and educators, an alliance of national education organizations has come together to ensure equity for all learners."  Created in 2020.  

EDUCATION AND POVERTY: WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT POVERTY HAMPERS EDUCATION"
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The title of this article is "To Help Disadvantaged Children Learn, We must Acknowledge that Poverty Hampers Education." Written by Helen F. Ladd, a professor of economics at Duke University. 

EDUCATION ATTAINMENT OECD REPORT - 2013
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This report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)provides a wealth of data that can be used to understand education levels in the US and other countries.

EDUCATION CAN'T SOLVE POVERTY—SO WHY DO WE KEEP INSISTING THAT IT CAN?
https://www.alternet.org/2017/09/education-cant-solve-poverty/
Interview with Harvey Kantor, starts with "Wages are down and unions are weaker than ever, but still the myth that education can fix poverty persists." Worth listening to. Text is included.

EDUCATION DATA WEB SITE - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - ARCHIVE
https://www.ed.gov/open/plan/data-ed-gov
From the web site: "Data.ed.gov is part of the Department of Education's (ED) Open Government initiative to make high-value data sets publicly available in user-friendly, machine-readable formats. Data.ed.gov organizes, makes accessible, and highlights data from ED's diverse set of programs. It will serve as a one-stop shop for education data, allowing practitioners, researchers, and the public to access data that can inform their work in classrooms and communities across America."

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER, INC. - EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION
https://www.edc.org/our-work
From the web site: "EDC's work around the world achieves sustainable impact; promotes research-based interventions;  designs effective digital technology;  builds scalable solutions and more to open doors to education, employment, and healthier lives for millions of individuals." Browse the site to learn more.

EDUCATION FOR ALL - EDUCATION ISSUES AND STATISTICS THROUGHOUT WORLD
http://visualdata.dw.com/specials/bildung/en/
This German based web site contains several sub sections with information about education attainment and access for every country in the world.

EDUCATION IS OVER (DUE TO 2020 PANDEMIC) - OPINION
https://medium.com/regenerative-global/education-is-over-8b9d57502b2c
The author of this article, William Rankin, suggests that the "education system" of the past 50 years, never worked, and now due to the Covid19 pandemic, has the opportunity to be completely re-imagined. Take a look. 

EDUCATION NORTHWEST - RESEARCH BASED SOLUTIONS
https://educationnorthwest.org/
From the web site: "Our mission is to improve learning by building capacity in schools, families, and communities through applied research and development.  Chartered in 1966 as Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Education Northwest now conducts nearly 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities across the country on comprehensive, research-based solutions to the challenges they face."

EDUCATION POLICY INSTITUTE (EPI)
https://educationalpolicy.org/about/
From the web site: "At the Educational Policy Institute, our focus is simple: work diligently and in close partnership with our clients to ensure that the best and most useful outcomes are made possible. We have specialized expertise in policy analysis, program evaluation, and research design. EPI has worked with hundreds of institutions and organizations over the years to help them improve practices and policies. We are committed to data-driven, research-based practices and the highest levels of professionalism."

EDUCATION TRUST (THE) - CLOSING ACHIEVEMENT GAP
https://edtrust.org/
From the web site: "The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels — pre-kindergarten through college. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people — especially those from low-income families or who are Black, Latino, or American Indian — to lives on the margins of the American mainstream."

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY NOT LEVELING PLAYING FIELD
https://hechingerreport.org/educational-technology-isnt-leveling-playing-field/
This article illustrates how important mentors, coaches and extra adults are to how young people use technology for learning. 

EDUCATIONALIZING THE WELFARE STATE AND PRIVATIZING EDUCATION: THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL POLICY SINCE THE NEW DEAL
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This paper by Harvey Kantor and Robert Lowe starts with this statement "BELIEF IN THE capacity of public education to redress unequal opportunity and eliminate poverty is one of the most distinctive features of American social policy. It is especially evident in No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which has invoked an equality-of-results test of public school performance that neglects conditions inside and outside the schools that contribute to inequality." The paper looks at how this belief developed since the 1960s.

EDUCAUSE - RESEARCH INCLUDES NMC (NEW MEDIA CONSORTIUM)
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From the web site:  "EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology.  EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level. EDUCAUSE actively engages with colleges and universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of transforming higher education through the use of information technology."

EDUTOPIA NEWS - CORE STRATEGIES FOR INNOVATION AND REFORM IN LEARNING
https://www.edutopia.org/about/core-strategies
From the web site: "Edutopia, a project of The George Lucas Educational Foundation, is dedicated to transforming the learning process by helping educators implement the strategies below. These strategies -- and the educators who implement them -- are empowering students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively problem solve, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact." 

EXPANDING THE SYSTEM OF LEARNING SUPPORTS PDF
http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/systemic/frameworksforsystemictransformation.pdf
Re: Frameworks for Transforming How Schools Offer Student and Learning Supports. Howard Adelman & Linda Taylor at the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA have been receiving requests for a compilation of the frameworks they have developed with respect to the systemic transformation of student and learning supports. So, they have developed a new resource aid that (1) highlights four fundamental, systemic concerns related to transforming student and learning supports and (2) offers frameworks for addressing them.


FORDHAM INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION EXCELLENCE - RESEARCH AND COMMENTARY
https://fordhaminstitute.org/
From the web site: "The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and its affiliated Foundation promote educational excellence for every child in America by focusing on three policy areas: High Expectations, Quality Choices, and Personalized Pathways. We believe that all schools that are supported with public funds should be held accountable for helping their students make academic progress from year to year; that all parents deserve to have a range of high-quality options, as well as reliable information with which to make the best choice for their children; and that students have a variety of needs, interests, and ambitions, so our K–12 education system ought to reflect this." 

GATEWAY TO COLLEGE - BLOG
https://gatewaytocollege.org/blog/
From the web site: "Gateway to College National Network supports communities in building sustainable pathways for disconnected youth (former high school dropouts) to a high school diploma and a meaningful college credential."  Merged with Achieving the Dream in 2019.

GETTING SMART - NEW PATHWAYS FOR AMERICAN SCHOOLS
https://www.gettingsmart.com/
From the website: "The #NewPathways campaign is a road map for American schools, where every learner, regardless of zip code, is on a pathway to productive citizenship, high wage employment and economic mobility, and a purpose-driven life."  Browse the website to see how these goals are being achieved. 

GOALS OF EDUCATION - NOT JUST TEST SCORES - PDF
https://files.ascd.org/staticfiles/ascd/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el200905_rothstein.pdf
"Measuring Social Responsibility" challenges educators and policy makers to think beyond test scores as they look for accountability in education.   Read the article by Richard Rothstein and Rebecca Jacobsen. 

GREAT SCHOOLS WEB SITE SHOWS SCHOOL PERFORMANCE INFO
https://www.greatschools.org/
From the web site: "GreatSchools is the leading national nonprofit empowering parents to unlock educational opportunities for their child.  GreatSchools’ trusted ratings and school information help parents find the right school for their family and improve schools in their communities. The thousands of articles, tips and interactive tools help parents support their child’s learning and wellbeing every day.  Families, community leaders and policy-makers turn to GreatSchools for the school information they need to guide children to great futures."

HAS HIGHER EDUCATION BECOME AN ENGINE OF INEQUALITY
https://www.chronicle.com/article/has-higher-education-become-an-engine-of-inequality/
This Chronicle of Higher Education page hosts a set of articles and opinions on this topic.

HOTEL (HOLISTIC APPROACH TO TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING)
http://hotel-project.eu/The_Innovation_model
From the web site: "The HoTEL (Holistic Approach to Technology Enhanced Learning) project originates from the observation that most of the TEL research so far has concentrated mainly on the development of ad hoc technologies for learning, failing to capture both the potential adoption of emerging technologies not originally designed for learning in education and training environments and the innovative use that is made of technologies in non-formal and informal ways of learning and the extent to which this could be transferred/adapted to formal learning environments.

HOW 20 YEARS OF EDUCATION REFORM HAS CREATED GREATER INEQUALITY (IN THE USA) - SSIR ARTICLE
https://ssir.org/articles/entry/how_20_years_of_education_reform_has_created_greater_inequality
This 2020 article describes "how standardized testing, gentrification, school choice, and economic downturn since the late 1990s have widened inequality to create an existential threat to democracy." It ends with suggestions of "What we can do.". Written by Michael A. Seelig. EdD, education policy director and senior advisor to the president of Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York.  

HUMAN RESTORATION PROJECT - RESTORING HUMANITY TO EDUCATION
https://www.humanrestorationproject.org/
From the website: "The Human Restoration Project (HRP) is a non-profit organization (501(c)3 status pending) aimed at transforming school systems, restoring students as human beings rather than a vessel for standards. Led by educators Chris McNutt and Nick Covington, HRP provides free school resources, conferences, podcasts, writings, and various materials geared toward changing mindsets in education."   "The Human Restoration Project defines progressive education as a series of systems, not strategies."  On the home page of this website you can read about 15 systems they feel need to change.   
Check out the research database on this site: https://www.humanrestorationproject.org/research

ILLINOIS EARLY LEARNING PROJECT WEB SITE
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/
From the web site: "The Illinois Early Learning Project Web site is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois."

INFLUENCE OF RELIGION UPON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF YOUTH IN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES - PDF
http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/ISR-Making-Grade_071.pdf
This 2001 report is titled:  "Making the Grade: The Influence of Religion Upon the Academic Performance of Youth in Disadvantaged Communities*"   The information is as relevant today as when the report was written. 

INFORMATION AND RESOURCES TO THE PARENTS AND EDUCATORS - ADLIT.ORG
https://www.adlit.org/about
From the web site: "Many of the nation's top education researchers have launched new studies into topics such as how best to teach reading in the academic content areas, how best to teach writing at the high-school level, and how best to support the literacy development of adolescent English language learners.  AdLit.org's mission is to distill this literacy research and share best-practice information to as many people as possible through the power and reach of the Internet.

INNOVATIVE K-12 SCHOOLS - THE CANOPY PROJECT
https://canopyschools.transcendeducation.org/research
From the website: "All across the country, novel and unconventional approaches to learning are making a difference for students. But where are they, and what impact are they making? Whether you’re a local school leader or national supporter of education, it can be hard to find schools to learn from, especially outside of your own network. The Canopy project launched in 2019 with the goal of building collective knowledge on a more diverse set of innovative schools across the country." View research and collected insights at this link. 

INSIDE HIGHER EDUCATION - ARTICLES SUCH AS DIGITAL LEARNING
https://www.insidehighered.com/transforming-teaching-and-learning
From the website: "Inside Higher Ed  mission is to serve all of higher education - individuals, institutions, corporations and non-profits - so they can do their jobs better, transforming their lives and those of the students they serve. "  This link points to a set of articles about digital learning.

INSIDE SCHOOL DATA - IMPACT OF BILLIONAIRES
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From the web site: "iWatch News analyzed performance data from 10 urban school districts  that received significant funding from the four billionaire  philanthropists seeking to reform education. The computer analysis  examined how graduation rates changed between 2002 and 2007—the most  recent years for which the data is available from the nationally  recognized Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. This Back to School for Billionaires article was written based on this IWatch News data.

INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (IEL) - LEADS COALITION FOR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
https://iel.org/resources/
From the web site: "The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) - a non-profit,  nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC IEL leads the Coalition for Community Schools, an umbrella group of more than 200 local, state, and national partners that advocate for more coordinated, efficient, and effective delivery of opportunities and supports to students before, during, and after school and on weekends. IEL is connecting community with public education to support the learning and development of young people.  

INTEGRATION OF SCHOOLS BASED ON CLASS INSTEAD OF RACE - ARTICLE
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This NPR article discusses trends in school integration based on economic diversity rather than racial and shows benefits of both.

INVESTING IN SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING
https://scefdn.org/#!our-work
From the web site: "SCE is invested in shaping an ecosystem of anytime, anywhere, 21st century learning to prepare youth to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing and highly connected world. Through three primary programs—digital learning, social and emotional learning, and our catalyst grants—SCE connects talent and innovation with forces for positive change."

K–12 EDUCATION’S TOP TECH HURDLES TO INNOVATION
https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/11/k-12-educations-top-tech-hurdles-innovation
This article in K-12 Education web site starts by saying "A recent report from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) identified five key roadblocks for K–12 schools’ digital transformation in 2020. Two of the top hurdles are the gap between technology and learning techniques, and a lack of foresight in considering how technologies on the horizon will impact teaching, learning and the world that awaits students after graduation. Three other barriers — scaling and sustaining innovation; instituting ongoing professional technology training; and digital equity — are related to these top hurdles.'  Click the link and read the full report. 

KNOWLEDGE WORKS FOUNDATION
https://knowledgeworks.org/policy/
From the web site: "As a leader in Strategic Foresight and educational transformation, KnowledgeWorks informs thought leaders and policymakers about the responsive policy environments that will ensure every student experiences meaningful personalized learning to succeed in college, career and life."

LUMIAR SCHOOLS - TRANSFORM THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION
https://lumiar.co/
From the website: "The Lumiar Methodology was created in 2003 by a group of avant-garde educators, who developed it as an initiative to transform education in the world. The first school was born in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and today the method is present in several schools, public and private, in Brazil, England, Nigeria, India, among others."  

Note: I learned about this in this TED talk by Ricardo Semler.


LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD - EXTENDED LEARNING -PDF
http://vue.annenberginstitute.org/sites/default/files/issues/VUE16.pdf
Leveling the Playing Field: The Promise of Extended Learning Opportunities and Supports for Youth, By Heidi Harris Lemmel and Robert Rothman is one of several articles in this pdf about extending learning in the out-of-school-time hours.

LIVING & LEARNING IN POVERTY - ARTICLES & LINKS
http://livinglearninginpoverty.blogspot.com/
From the web site: "This site is dedicated to storing and exploring all available research and resources related to poverty as it impacts the lives of children and the learning of children."  The site has links to many related resources. Make it part of your research.

LOUISIANA'S PLAN FOR STUDENT & LEARNING SUPPORTS
http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/summit2002/ladesigndocument.pdf
The Louisiana State Department of Education has just released its design prototype document that will guide its work across the state in supporting development of a Comprehensive Learning Supports System. The document can be accessed on the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools web site.

LOWER-INCOME PARENTS CONCERNED ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO COVID19
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This April 2020 article is titled "Lower-income parents most concerned about their children falling behind amid covid-19 school closures"  describes findings from a Pew Research Center Survey.

LUMINA FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION - GOAL 2025
https://www.luminafoundation.org/
From the web site:  "The mission of Lumina Foundation for Education is to expand access and success in education beyond high school, particularly among adults, first-generation college going students, low-income students and students of color. This mission is directed toward a single, overarching big goal – to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025." 

MAPPING EXISTING COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL RESOURCES
http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/qf/p2312_06.htm
This page is part of an extensive online resource center hosted by the UCLA Center for Mental Health in schools. It provides a list of resources and ideas for Mapping Existing School and Community Resources for Addressing Barriers to Learning.

MAPS SHOW "ISLAND (HIGH POVERTY)" SCHOOL DISTRICTS
https://www.governing.com/archive/gov-island-school-districts.html
This article shows "180 school districts across the country completely surrounded by a single larger district."  In most cases the "island" district has much higher rates of poverty, or affluence, than the surrounding area, contributing to inequality in education opportunities.

MASS INCARCERATION PUSHES BLACK CHILDREN FURTHER BEHIND IN SCHOOL
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This article in The Atlantic talks about a new 2017 study that "shows that the disproportionate imprisonment rates faced by people of color contribute to race-based inequalities in educational attainment."

MIDDLE GRADE INDICATORS OF READINESS IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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From the web site: "Grades and attendance—not test scores—are the middle grade factors most strongly connected with both high school and college success.  In fact, grades and attendance matter more than test scores, race, poverty, or other background characteristics for later academic success.  This report follows approximately 20,000 Chicago Public Schools students as they transition from elementary to high school. It is designed to help answer questions about which markers should be used to gauge whether students are ready to succeed in high school and beyond. It also considers the performance levels students need to reach in middle school to have a reasonable chance of succeeding in high school."

MILLIONS LEARNING PROJECT - SCALING UP QUALITY LEARNING AROUND WORLD
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From the web site: "The Millions Learning project seeks to identify where and how education interventions are scaling quality learning for children and youth in low- and middle-income countries around the world."

ERIC – EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES INFORMATION CENTER
http://web.archive.org/web/20210421001314/https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/eric.asp
From the website: ERIC is an internet-based digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides access to bibliographic records of journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present. ERIC's mission is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information for educators, researchers, and the general public.

NATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR TRANSFORMING STUDENT AND LEARNING SUPPORTS - UCLA CENTER RESOURCE
http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/newinitiative.html
From the web site: "The aim of this ongoing initiative is to mobilize direct actions for (a) elevating school improvement policy discussion about ending the marginalization of student and learning supports and (b) moving toward transformation of such supports."  The UCLA Center contains an extensive web library, hosts a national list serve, publishes an email newsletter, and more. Browse the site. 

OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN CAMPAIGN - RESOURCES
http://schottfoundation.org/our-work/otl-network
From the web site: "Schott’s Opportunity to Learn Network (OTL) unites a nationwide coalition of Schott grantees and allied organizations working to secure a high quality public education for all students.  By creating a space to highlight and celebrate grassroots organizing, share success stories and provide resources, OTL strives to create real and substantial change in our public education system."

OVERCOMING POVERTY CHALLENGE - EVERYONE GRADUATES REPORT
http://www.every1graduates.org/overcoming-poverty-challenge/
From the web site: "This white paper focuses on an important and under-conceptualized thread in the weave of efforts needed to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and/or career training: enhanced student supports. It argues that in order to overcome the educational impacts of poverty – the poverty challenge, schools that serve high concentrations of low income students need to be able to provide direct, evidence-based supports that help students attend school regularly, act in a productive manner, believe they will succeed, overcome external obstacles, complete their coursework, and put forth the effort required to graduate college- and career-ready."

PARTNERSHIP FOR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING - A NETWORK OF BATTELLE FOR KIDS
https://www.battelleforkids.org/networks/p21
From the web site: "Battelle for Kids is a national not-for-profit organization committed to collaborating with school systems and communities to realize the power and promise of 21st century learning for every student." 

POVERTY, NOT EDUCATION, IS THE PROBLEM. USA REPORT
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This December 2013 report profiles "New studies show that the number of poor children is rising and the impact it has on learning."

PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRAM - U.S. DEPT OF EDUCATION
https://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/index.html?exp=0
From the web site: "Promise Neighborhoods, established under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education Program (FIE), provides funding to support eligible entities, including (1) nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, (2) institutions of higher education, and (3) Indian tribes. The vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career." Visit the site to learn more.

PUBLIC SCHOOL REVIEW - FIND INFO ABOUT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
https://www.publicschoolreview.com/about-us
From the web site: "Public School Review provides free, detailed profiles of USA public schools and their surrounding communities. The site evaluates schools relative to each other and to state-wide averages for several key criteria like teacher:student ratios. The site can be particularly helpful for families who are moving and need to evaluate several potential schools, or for all parents who are exploring different pre-college educational options for their child."  The site has sections for parents, policy information, and issues facing public schools.

PUSH FOR NEW EQUITY MEASURES IN EDUCATION – 2021 REPORT
https://www.future-ed.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/FUTUREED_REPORT_EQUITY.pdf
This report looks at “expanding efforts to add to the education equation the myriad factors that research says contribute to student achievement.“

RACE AND THE SCHOOLING OF BLACK AMERICANS, 1992 ARTICLE
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This is an article I've had in my home library for many years. By adding it to my web library it's available to many others.  

RACE FOR RESULTS: BUILDING A PATH TO OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL CHILDREN
https://www.aecf.org/resources/race-for-results
From the web site: "In this 2014 policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity. The report features the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level."

REAPING THE REWARDS OF READING FOR UNDERSTANDING - 2020 REPORT
https://naeducation.org/reaping-the-rewards-of-reading-for-understanding-initiative/
From the website: "This National Academy of Education (NAEd) report synthesizes findings from scholarship conducted over the past decade as part of a large-scale federal investment by the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to improve reading comprehension of U.S. students."

REDUCING COLLEGE DROP OUT RATE - ARTICLE
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/opinion/sunday/what-can-stop-kids-from-dropping-out.html
This April 2016  New York Times  article is titled "What Can Stop Kids from Dropping Out?" and focuses on college retention. 

REDUCTION IN LIBRARIANS IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS - ARTICLE & MAP
http://southsideweekly.com/school-librarians-shelved/
This Nov. 2016 article in Chicago's Southside Weekly news shows that drastic funding cuts have led to a reduction of full time librarians in many Chicago schools, and that high poverty, high minority areas are most affected. 

RELIGION AND EDUCATION AROUND THE WORLD - 2016 PEW REPORT
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From the report: "Large gaps in education levels persist, but all faiths are making gains – particularly among women".  Browse the report. It's full of charts showing education gains in different regions among different religious groups.

SCANS REPORT - 1991 EDUCATION GOALS TO BE ACHIEVED BY 2000
http://www.academicinnovations.com/report.html
The SCANS Report for America 2000 (issued in 1991) lists ten necessary skills that needed to be included and emphasized in every curriculum. This link points to a summary of recommendations.

SCHOOL FUNDING CALCULATOR - COMPUTING THE EFFECTS OF CHANGES TO STATE FUNDING FORMULAS
https://edfunding.urban.org/#about
From the web site: "School Funding formula parameters that adjust for district differences are important, but these adjustments may interact in ways that make it hard to understand overall effects on funding. To remedy this, we have built interactive models of funding formulas for Massachusetts, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia." If this works for these states maybe it will be expanded to all 50 states.

SOROS FOUNDATION FOCUS ON EDUCATION AND YOUTH
https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/what-we-do/themes/early-childhood-and-education
From the web site: "The Open Society Foundations are committed to empowering young people by supporting efforts to increase access to quality education. From early childhood to higher education, we work to ensure young people from different backgrounds have equal access to education and to promote critical thinking, respect for diverse opinions, and free and open intellectual inquiry."  Visit the web site to learn more of its resources and programs.

SPARK THE LEARNING REVOLUTION
https://www.allkindsofminds.org/spark-the-learning-revolution
From the web site: "Changing the conversation from “how can we improve education?” to “how can we ensure learning for all students?” means framing the problem differently. And it means applying some revolutionary thinking to how we’re doing education now." 

STUDENT-CENTERED LEARNING APPROACHES HELP UNDERSERVED KIDS ACHIEVE
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From the web site: "While, nationally, students of color and low-income students continue to achieve at far lower levels than their more advantaged peers, some schools are breaking that trend. A new set of case studies conducted by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, or SCOPE,  at the Stanford Graduate School of Education looks at four of these schools in Northern California in which traditionally underserved students are achieving above state and district averages."

SUBURBAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS CAN HELP URBAN STUDENTS SUCCEED - 2021 ARTICLE
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This article from the Thomas B Fordham Institute shows how suburban schools in Boston and Ohio are accepting students from inner city neighborhoods and how this influences graduation and college attendance rates.

THE ANNENBERG INSTITUTE FOR SCHOOL REFORM
https://www.annenberginstitute.org/
From the web site: "The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University is a national policy-research and reform support organization that promotes quality education for all children, especially in urban communities.  Our focus is on developing and promoting the concept of “smart education systems”; that is, systems that coordinate educational supports and services wherever they occur – at school, at home, and in the community – to provide all children with equitable opportunities and high-quality learning experiences."

THE CENTER FOR SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF SCHOOLS (CSOS)
https://web.jhu.edu/CSOS/about.html
From the web site:  "The purpose of the Center for Social Organization of Schools has remained consistent since its founding—to study how changes in the social organization of schools can make them more effective for all students in promoting academic achievement, development of potential, and eventual career success. The emphasis on social organization is based in sound theory— that changes in the structure of an environment will produce changes in the attitudes, behaviors, and accomplishments of the people in that environment. Schools can be made more effective for all students through changes in the organization of the classroom, school, and district."

THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF CLOSING EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT GAPS
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This article stated "If the United States were able to close the educational achievement gaps between native-born white children and black and Hispanic children, the U.S. economy would be 5.8 percent—or nearly $2.3 trillion—larger in 2050."  Read more. Download the full PDF. 

THE HARLEM CHILDREN’S ZONE, PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS, AND THE BROADER, BOLDER APPROACH TO EDUCATION
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2010 report by Michelle Croft and Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst asks one question:  Does the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) produce exceptional academic achievement?  If it does, that is promising for Promise Neighborhoods.  If it doesn’t, it isn’t."

THE PROMISE OF EXTENDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: NEW OPTIONS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
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From the web site: "Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, edited by Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., is a groundbreaking compendium of studies, reports and commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders including community leaders, elected officials, educators, researchers, advocates and other prominent authors."

THE REAL CHALLENGES TO BUILDING A DIVERSE TEACHER WORKFORCE
https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/browncenter_20160818_teacherdiversityreportpr_hansen.pdf
Many feel that having more teachers who match the diversity of their students is one strategy to improve education outcomes for minority students. This report shows how difficult it will be to achieve this goal.

THE RIGHT TO LEARN. QUOTE FROM W.E.B. DUBOIS
http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/45a/597.html
Find this quote from W.E.B. Du Bois on the web site: "Of all the civil rights for which the world has struggled and fought for 5,000 years, the right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental.... The freedom to learn... has been bought by bitter sacrifice. And whatever we may think of the curtailment of other civil rights, we should fight to the last ditch to keep open the right to learn, the right to have examined in our schools not only what we believe, but what we do not believe; not only what our leaders say, but what the leaders of other groups and nations, and the leaders of other centuries have said. We must insist upon this to give our children the fairness of a start which will equip them with such an array of facts and such an attitude toward truth that they can have a real chance to judge what the world is and what its greater minds have thought it might be."  --W.E.B. Du Bois, "The Freedom to Learn" 

This is also the opening paragraph in an article describing "The Right to Learn: A Blueprint for Creating Schools That Work", By LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND.

THE ROAD MAP PROJECT - SEATTLE
https://roadmapproject.org/
From the web site: "The Road Map Project is a community-wide effort aimed at improving education to drive dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. The project builds off of the belief that collective effort is necessary to make large-scale change and has created a common goal and shared vision in order to facilitate coordinated action, both inside and outside school."

THE SERVE CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO
https://serve.uncg.edu/
From the web site:  "The SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a university-based research, development, dissemination, evaluation, and technical assistance center. For nearly 30 years, we have worked with educators and policymakers to improve education."

THOUSANDS OF BLACK CHICAGO KIDS LEAVE CITY FOR SEGREGATED DISTRICTS IN SUBURBS
https://www.chicagoreporter.com/black-cps-student-migration/
This 2017 Chicago Reporter article shows that Black families are leaving Chicago to escape violence but only moving to segregated areas of suburbs, with poor schools and potential for similar negatives. 

TO&THROUGH PROJECT - FOCUSES ON 9TH GRADE THROUGH COLLEGE GRADUATION
https://toandthrough.uchicago.edu/
From the web site: "The To&Through Project’s mission is to close the gap between the 76% of CPS freshmen who aspire to attend college and the actual results of only 18% obtaining a 4-year college degree within 10 years, with research, data, and resources designed to give every student who aspires to earn a college degree the opportunity and support to do so."  This is a project of the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute. The site has extensive data on individual Chicago Public High Schools and encourages community involvement.

UK DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEB SITE
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education
From the web site: "The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England. The department is also home to the Government Equalities Office. We work to provide children’s services and education that ensure opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

UNDERSTANDING SCHOOL FUNDING INEQUITIES - EDBUILD MAPS
http://viz.edbuild.org/maps/2016/cola/resource-inequality/
This link points to a page with an in-depth analysis of school funding, using interactive maps that enable viewers to zoom into specific districts. 

URBAN SCHOOL STIGMA - ARTICLE
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This article shows advantages of students in suburban and more  affluent schools compared to students in urban, largely poverty schools.  This is one statement from the article:   "discrepancies in test scores indicate more about families and neighborhoods than they do about the work being done in schools. One notable study, for instance, found that the influence of family and neighborhood factors accounts for roughly 60 percent of the variance in student test scores; teachers, by contrast, account for only about 10 percent."   Add this to your research when looking to  understand differences in support available to kids in high poverty urban schools and those in more affluent areas. 

WHY SO FEW WHITE KIDS END UP IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS - WBEZ STORY
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For anyone trying to understand racial segregation, poverty, inequality in Chicago, this article provides some needed information.

WHY THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT GAP IS A RACIST IDEA
https://www.aaihs.org/why-the-academic-achievement-gap-is-a-racist-idea/
This article opens by saying "Standardized tests have become the most effective racist weapon ever devised to objectively degrade Black minds and legally exclude their bodies.” Read the full article.

WIDENING ACHIEVEMENT GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR
https://cepa.stanford.edu/content/widening-academic-achievement-gap-between-rich-and-poor
This report by Sean Reardon, a Stanford professor of education and sociology, shows that the income achievement gap--the difference in the average standardized scores between children from families at the 10th percentile of income distribution and children at the 90th percentile--is now "nearly twice as large as the black-white achievement gap."

XQ INSTITUTE - FOCUSES ON IMPROVING HIGH SCHOOLS IN US
https://xqsuperschool.org/
From the web site: "The XQ Institute is in service of parents and pioneers, entrepreneurs and teachers, business leaders and administrators, youth and education experts—who are joining a movement to rethink America’s schools. Together, we can use our knowledge, rigor, and creativity to create a new model for school itself."  This is a project of the Forum for  Youth Investment, which also leads the Ready-by-21 Initiative

 
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