Resources from the Field

The views reflected in these publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Grantmakers for Education.

March 2021 | State Funding for Student Mental Health
Education Commission of the States

This policy brief explores and describes common sources of funding that states use to support K-12 school-based mental health programming. It includes a 50-state scan that displays how each state funds student mental health services.

March 2021 | The Acceleration Imperative: A Plan to Address Elementary Students’ Unfinished Learning in the Wake of Covid-19
The Fordham Institute

In school districts and charter school networks nationwide, instructional leaders are developing plans to address the enormous challenges faced by their students, families, teachers, and staff over the past year, with their eyes on the moment when everyone can safely be back in classrooms full time.

March 2021 | Tough Test: The Nation's Troubled Early Learning Assessment Landscape

At a time when the nation is investing significantly more resources into early learning, policymakers have scant information on whether these investments are paying off because of a dearth of dependable information about how much students are learning and developing from preschool through grade 2.

March 2021 | Turnaround for Children Toolbox
Turnaround for Children

The Turnaround for Children Toolbox is an online hub for science-grounded ideas and resources that empower educators—including teachers, school and district leaders, student support staff, and many others—to embed an equitable whole-child purpose into our education system.

February 2021 | A Year into the Pandemic: Parents’ Perspectives on Academics, State Assessments, and Education
National PTA and Learning Heroes

This national parent survey includes findings on parent perceptions of learning during the pandemic, their greatest concerns for their children, and how they feel about academics and assessments given the unprecedented circumstances of the past year.

February 2021 | Building the Advocacy Infrastructure to Win Equity Victories for Children and Families

Advancing a strong equity agenda for this country’s children and families, especially for people of color, will always require a strong infrastructure to press for the solutions that communities need to thrive.

February 2021 | Child Care in Rural Oregon: Bold Approaches to Address Systemic Inequity and Rebuild Child Care
The Ford Family Foundation

This issue brief investigates the economic impact of state policies that affect rural children and their families. It also reviews the challenges of operating a financially viable child care business in rural Oregon.

February 2021 | Glossary of Student Mental Wellness Concepts
Education Commission of the States

This Policy Outline defines several common terms related to child development, student mental health and wellness, and school-based health services. Understanding these terms, which are distinct but connect in various ways, is critical to the policymaking process.

February 2021 | New Evidence for Safely Reopening K-12 Schools: Testing Can Reduce Infections and Increase Confidence
Mathematica and RAND Corporation

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, policymakers and school district leaders are seeking new evidence about how to reopen schools in a way that minimizes the risk of outbreaks.

February 2021 | Robbers or Victims? Charter Schools and District Finances
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Opponents of charters contend that they drain district coffers, while proponents argue that it is charters that are denied essential funding. Yet too often, the claims made by both sides of this debate have been based on assumptions rather than hard evidence.