Resources from the Field

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July 2019 | Moving Beyond Theories of Change: A Framework for Strategic Implementation
Arabella Advisors

The report reflects on the current state of philanthropic practice and points to a gap that frequently exists between lofty philanthropic ideas on the one hand and their implementation outside the boardroom on the other.

July 2019 | Practitioner Perspectives on Equity in Career and Technical Education

This policy brief summarizes the most common equity challenges that were raised in the discussion among practitioners from innovative career and technical education (CTE) programs, along with ideas that emerged for how to address them.

July 2019 | Summer—A Time for Learning: Five Lessons From School Districts and Their Partners About Running Successful Programs
The Wallace Foundation

The report summarizes takeaways from the National Summer Learning Project, a multi-year Wallace initiative to support the summer learning efforts of five school districts and their partner organizations.

July 2019 | The Excellence Gap Is Growing
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Because students from higher-income families have more educational opportunities, greater access to resources, and higher quality instruction, they’re more likely than their peers from lower-income families to reach the highest levels of academic performance.

June 2019 | Arts Education and Social-Emotional Learning Outcomes Among K-12 Students
Consortium on School Research at the University of Chicago and Ingenuity

In this report, the authors describe how arts learning experiences have the potential to promote the development of social-emotional competencies and suggest that these developmental processes can be replicable across subject areas.

June 2019 | Changes in HBCU Financial Aid and Student Enrollment After the Tightening of PLUS Credit Standards
Journal of Student Financial Aid, Mathematica

The authors analyze changes in financial aid and student enrollment at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that occurred after the U.S. Department of Education increased the credit history requirements necessary to obtain Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).

June 2019 | Investing in Successful Summer Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
RAND Corporation with The Wallace Foundation

This report, reviewing research about summer programming for children and teens, finds 43 programs that pass the evidence test for ESSA research categorization.

June 2019 | Making Early Education a Priority: Evidence from the 2019 PACE/USC Rossier Voter Poll
Policy Analysis for California Education

Despite strong evidence that high-quality early education programs can have a powerful impact on children’s future success in school, college, and the workforce, California voters rank new investments in prenatal and early childhood services below other educational priorities.

June 2019 | Quality Counts 2019: School Finance
Education Week

How much does money really matter in the quest for educational quality? And if it matters so much, as supporters of higher spending argue, why do taxpayers and the public seem to flinch when they’re confronted with the tab?

June 2019 | SAT-Only Admission: How Would It Change College Campuses?
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

This report examines what would happen if America’s top 200 colleges only admitted students with the highest SAT scores. The report finds that such an admissions policy would replace 53% of incoming students, creating a less racially diverse and slightly more affluent student body.