Research Brief

Academic Supports For Students With Disabilities

#Special Education

Nathan Jones | National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER)

Sharon Vaughn | University of Texas, Austin

Lynn Fuchs | Vanderbilt University

Research Brief

Accelerating Student Academic Recovery

#Literacy Instruction #Mathematics Instruction

Emily Morton | CALDER at the American Institutes of Research

Ayesha Hashim | Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)

Toolkit

Act on Evidence Toolkit

The EdResearch Act on Evidence Toolkit supports education leaders in assessing the degree to which their existing programs are aligned with the relevant evidence-base and determine a pathway towards improving alignment and student success.

Guide

Best Practices for Data Collection

This best practices resource is designed to provide school and district leaders with guidance on the types of data that they should collect, as well as how to collect, analyze, and interpret the data to gain insights into the effectiveness of their summer programs.

Research Brief
Guide

EdResearch for Action Overview Briefs: Writer’s Guide

Education decision-makers need research-informed insights that help them better understand a problem and how they might address it, and these types of insights are rarely stated explicitly or prominently in technical papers. The EdResearch model of writing prioritizes putting the “bottom line” up front. We emphasize points of consensus in a field, identify areas where the evidence is less solid, and provide scale and context for results. By following the guidance in this Writer’s Guide, authors will be able to use their judgment and experience to draw clearer conclusions in order to elevate key messages that are relevant and actionable for policymakers and practitioners.

Research Brief

Educational Practices to Identify And Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

#Student Engagement #Student Mental Health and Well-Being #Students Experiencing Homelessness

Alexandra Pavlakis | Southern Methodist University

J. Kessa Roberts | Utah State University

Meredith Richards | Southern Methodist University

Kathryn Hill | Research Alliance for NYC Schools at New York University

Zitsi Mirakhur | University of Kentucky

Research Brief
Research Brief

Guidance And Support For Students Moving Into Postsecondary

Sade Bonilla | University of Pennsylvania

Celeste Carruthers | University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dominique Baker | Southern Methodist University

Research Brief

Helping Students Make Informed Choices About College

Celeste Carruthers | University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Lindsay Page | University of Pittsburgh

Case Study

K-5 Summer Learning in Woonsocket, RI

District staff face difficult trade-offs as they balance their local needs against the eight design principles described in the research brief. Limitations around district capacity and personnel as well as families’ demands for summer flexibility can directly conflict with calls for greater academic rigor or longer program length. While research should always be used to guide decision-making, it needs to be evaluated in relation to local values. Brighouse et. al argue that the process of using evidence to make effective decisions requires value judgments in evaluating the evidence and in determining which evidence is most important. Further, implementing processes for collecting data is critical to understanding program effectiveness and informing subsequent decisions on program improvement. This case study details how one district – Woonsocket, Rhode Island – chose to navigate these trade-offs and the ways this has played out in program design. In examining Woonsocket’s programmatic choices, three foundational values emerge. They empowered site-based leadership, prioritized program personnel, and designed for student personalization. These values guided decision-making and helped the district build a strong program that aims to balance research recommendations, program goals, and local priorities.

Research Brief

Leveraging Community Partnerships For Integrated Student Support

Velma McBride Murry | Vanderbilt University

Reuben Jacobson | American University

Betheny Gross | Center on Reinventing Public Education

Research Brief

Preparing Schools To Meet The Needs Of Students Coping With Trauma And Toxic Stress

#Trauma-Informed Practice

Micere Keels | The University of Chicago

Sonya Dinizulu | The University of Chicago

Shipra Parikh | The University of Chicago

Tynisha Jointer | Invested Consultant Firm

Research Brief

Promoting Student Success in Early College Credit Courses

#Student Engagement

Dylan Conger | George Washington University

Steven W. Hemelt | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

María Luisa Vásquez | George Washington University

Research Brief

Reducing Student Absenteeism

#Student Engagement

Michael A. Gottfried | University of Pennsylvania

Lindsay Page | University of Pittsburgh

Danielle Edwards | Brown University

Research Brief

School Practices to Address Student Learning Loss

#Literacy Instruction #Mathematics Instruction

Elaine Allensworth | University of Chicago Consortium on School Research

Nathaniel Schwartz | Annenberg Institute at Brown University

Research Brief

Strengthening School Connectedness to Increase Student Success

#Student Engagement

Robert Balfanz | Johns Hopkins University

Angela Jerabek | BARR Center

Krystal Payne | University of Chicago

Jenny Scala | American Institutes for Research

Guide

Summer Learning Program Profiles

Academic summer learning programs can lead to improved student achievement, but effectiveness is not guaranteed. Certain program elements, such as duration, attendance, use of time, and quality of instruction, appear to be key factors in programs that show stronger academic benefits. But, as helpful as evidence-based design principles are, using research to inform programs that maximize academic growth and social-emotional outcomes is a complicated process. Even once researchers have identified likely drivers of effectiveness across programs, these design principles often cannot be easily replicated across districts with varying contexts and goals. This series of program profiles provides a glimpse into how different districts in Rhode Island and Tennessee created programs that align with design principles in some respects and diverge at other points. These are not meant to be overviews of perfect programs, but rather real-world examples of what developing a research-aligned program looks like in practice. The intent here is to highlight possible choices and tradeoffs to gain a clearer sense of how districts balanced research recommendations, program goals, and local priorities.

Research Brief
Research Brief

Supports For Students Who Are English Learners

#Immigrant Origin Students #Multilingual Learners #Student Engagement

Madeline Mavrogordato | Michigan State University

Rebecca Callahan | The University of Vermont

David DeMatthews | The University of Texas at Austin

Elena Izquierdo | The University of Texas, El Paso

Research Brief

Supports for Multilingual Students who are Classified as English Learners

#Immigrant Origin Students #Multilingual Learners #Student Engagement

Madeline Mavrogordato | Michigan State University

Caroline Bartlett | Michigan State University

Rebecca Callahan | The University of Vermont

David DeMatthews | The University of Texas at Austin

Elena Izquierdo | The University of Texas, El Paso

Research Brief
Research Brief