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Research Roundup, September 24

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on September 24, 2014

A press release from the U.S. Department of Education has announced that it has awarded over $70 million to 130 grantees around the country to improve school climate, as a part of the “Now is the Time” proposal from the Obama administration. “If we can’t help protect kids and staff, and make them feel safe at school, then everything else that we do is secondary,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. 
It’s fall and that means it’s the season for parent-teacher conferences. A few issues with these meetings? Not enough time to go beyond academic grades, and, as students get older, less parents are likely to show up. In New York City, schools are trying to change this. By increasing the number of conferences from two to four per year, and starting as early as last week, parents will be up to date on what’s expected of their children, in addition to how they are doing. "It's less about progress and more about getting to know the parents," says East Bronx Academy for the Future teacher, Nick Lawrence.
This State Now Grades Schools on Recess and Health Huffington Post via Education Week
School improvement goals in Colorado are going beyond the classroom. Health and wellness metrics are being used to connect the well-being and academic success of students.  In Colorado, the state-mandated reports show student academic scores as well as information on “if that school has a nurse, if it offers 30 minutes of daily physical activity for students, and if it has a school-based health center.” ‘By holding schools accountable for creating environments that are conducive to learning and by providing educators and administrators with a comprehensive understanding of student performance--including how health conditions may directly affect learning--resources could be better deployed to schools and students at greatest risk,’ says a paper distributed to coalition members in August.”

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School Climate Transformation

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on September 15, 2014

Integrating behavioral models with a holistic approach that supports students, parents and school personnel learning and working together

by Jonathan Cohen, President & Co-founder of NSCC

Too many educational leaders are confused about what school climate improvement means: a behaviorally informed model or a more holistic and comprehensive effort that intentionally engages students, parents or guardians, school personnel and even community members to learn and work together.

There is growing awareness that K-12 schools are struggling with two major problems that undermine student learning and their healthy development: bully-victim-bystander behavior and the shameful high school dropout rates that disproportionally effect economically disadvantaged students of color and feed the high school to prison pipeline.

A growing number of Federal organizations, State DOE’s and districts as well as the recent School Discipline Consensus Project report and AERA’s Bully Prevention Report and Recommendations have recognized and endorsed school climate improvement efforts as an evidence-based strategy that promotes school connectedness, reduces bully-victim-bystander behavior as well as student drop out rates.

The US Department of Education (ED) has decided to do something about it by soliciting the School Climate Transformation grants and allocating $29 million to deal with these problems.

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Investing in Innovation (i3) Pre-Application Workshops and Webinars

By Lauren on March 08, 2010

The final rules for the i3 Innovation Fund were released today. Pick up the details and application package here. Registration is now open for pre-application workshops and webinars. As per the i3 registration site, be sure to only register for one of the workshops OR a webinar. (If you're not in Baltimore, Denver or Atlanta, be sure to secure your spot now at one of the webinars today — capacity is 200 applications.)

Investing in Innovation (i3) Pre-Application Workshops:


Session Date

Time
(Eastern )


Registration

March 19, 2010 - Baltimore, MD

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Register

March 24, 2010 -  Denver, CO

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Register

March 30, 2010 - Atlanta, GA

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Register

 

Investing in Innovation (i3) Pre-Application Webinars (capacity is 200):


Session Date

Time
(Eastern )


Registration

March 19, 2010

10:00 am - 2:00 pm webinar

Register

March 24, 2010

10:00 am - 2:00 pm webinar

Register

March 30, 2010

10:00 am - 2:00 pm webinar

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School Climate Matters: Change at the District-level

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 25, 2010

Newsletter"Just as we have standards around academic goals, we need standards around school climate because what gets measured is what gets done. We’re only going to put school climate at the priority level it deserves—which to me is at the top—if we have standards around it and start measuring it."
—Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Education in Phi Delta Kappan (PDK) magazine

Now is a truly exciting time for education reform as the Administration defines its priorities and sets new goals for student achievement, spending allocations, and legislative focus. Last month, President Obama released the Federal Budget projections for FY 2011, including an increase of more than $3.5 billion overall. A critical piece of this proposed spending ($410 million) is slated to go toward the new Successful, Safe and Healthy Students Program, which will consolidate programs currently offered under the Office of Safe & Drug-Free Schools. These changes point to a significant shift in focus, with school climate reform becoming one of the main priorities for driving student success. CSEE is proud to have been at the forefront of this effort for many years, and we applaud the government for deepening its commitment to school climate funding and reform.

With these pivotal changes in sight, the new issue of School Climate Matters introduces several new and exciting resources from CSEE and the National School Climate Council: National School Climate Standards, a School Climate Guide for District Policy Makers and Educational Leaders; and a School Climate Implementation Road Map. The Standards present a vision and framework for a positive and sustainable school climate that is then reinforced with the supports included in the District Guide and Road Map. Together, these resources will help your school or district align current practices with the shift in federal guidelines and make real progress toward school climate improvement this year. In addition, we are launching a new periodic publication—the School Climate Briefs—which will provide detailed commentaries from experts in the field on key school climate topics. The first in this series is a 2010 School Climate Research Summary (PDF).

These tools add to CSEE’s proven supports in this area—including our leading school climate measurement tool, the CSCI—and build directly from our experience working with thousands of educators and students nationwide. In this issue, we bring this work to life with inspiring profiles of two NYC public schools dedicated to building more effective learning communities. We are also thrilled to announce that registration is now open for our 13th Annual Summer Institute, which will include a keynote by Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, Kevin Jennings. Sign up today to learn about the most up-to-date school climate efforts and supports nationwide. We hope to see you there!

Click here to download the PDF of the newsletter. As always, we want to learn from you, too. Please tell us what your school or district is doing to actively address school climate needs and let us know how we can help. Share your thoughts at: [email protected]

All the best for a positive and productive spring!

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Finding Grants in Tough Financial Times

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 22, 2010

As a fundraiser I know all too well how challenging it is to raise money—especially in these uncertain times. However, despite the difficult financial climate, education remains a top funding priority. The United States Department of Education is committed to providing resources to help our nation’s schools develop and grow. While there have been a number of grant opportunities benefitting states and districts, there are a many that offer schools an opportunity to apply for funds, as well. While researching funding opportunities, I would also encourage you to peruse the foundation center’s website and see if there are any grantwriting seminars in your area. Most are free and could provide you with valuable information, techniques and suggestions on how to go about the grantwriting process (which can be a very tedious and daunting procedure).

On the Department of Education’s website the list of grant opportunities is constantly updated. (Click here for the most up-to-date information.) Since the grants are extremely competitive, I would suggest checking the site regularly to see if anything new has been posted and to make sure deadlines are met. Recently, $650 million was allocated for the i3 (Investing in Innovation Fund) designed to support research-based innovative programs that help improve outcomes for students. School districts and groups of districts can apply for these grants. The funding will be awarded across three categories of grants.

Below are these three categories:

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