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.

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.

February 2021 | Study of College Transition Messaging in GEAR UP: Impacts on Enrolling and Staying in College

Despite the promise of text-based messaging as a behavioral nudge strategy, a new study illustrates the limitations of this approach in helping low-income and first-generation students enroll and persist in college.

February 2021 | The Possibility Report: From Prison to College Degrees in California
The Campaign for College Opportunity

This brief provides descriptive demographics on California's incarcerated and paroled populations, a policy landscape analysis detailing the environment in which higher education is made accessible to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, and the voices of formerly incarcerated stud

January 2021 | Accurate Student Poverty Data Is Crucial to Supporting All Students
Data Quality Campaign

Students from low-income families face unique disadvantages, which often cause them to lag behind their peers from higher-income families.

January 2021 | Glossary of K-12 Education Funding
Education Commission of the States

This Policy Outline defines key K-12 education funding terms and outlines the various ways that states distribute financial support to K-12 school districts.

January 2021 | Learning During COVID-19: Initial Findings and 4 Considerations for Policymakers
Education Commission of the States with NWEA

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted traditional forms of education and continues to create challenges for school systems and the students they serve. Education leaders and teachers have the unenviable responsibility of making difficult decisions well into the 2020-21 school year and beyond.

January 2021 | Rising Together: How Four Districts are Building Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

TNTP partnered with four diverse school districts—Richland Parish, Louisiana; Hamilton County, Tennessee; Hartford, Connecticut; and Collier County, Florida—as they prioritized authentic community engagement.

January 2021 | Short Memories Lead to Long-Term Consequences
New America

The collapse of good labor market opportunities for workers without a college degree is the elephant in the room in higher education policy discussions today. A high school diploma no longer provides a guarantee of financial security, let alone opens the door to the middle class.