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Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Supporting Education Professionals

Education professionals in K-12 and higher education settings are at risk of leaving the profession, in part because of the stress and dissatisfaction from not being allowed to use their professional judgment to make sound educational decisions (Lewis et al., 2023).
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 19: Mental Health Screenings For Adolescents In The K-12 School System

This month’s episode discusses mental health screenings for adolescents in the K-12 school system. We spoke to Deepa Sekhar, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine, and Executive Director, Penn State PRO Wellness; Perri Rosen, PhD, NCSP, Consulting Psychologist, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Pennsylvania Dept. of Human Services, and Steve Sharp, School Counselor in the Hempfield School District, and K-12 School Counseling Coordinator for the Hempfield School District about why having mental health screenings (or mood screenings) in K-12 schools makes a difference when helping children who might be struggling and getting them the resources that they need to succeed.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Costs and Benefits of Teacher Retention

The recent pandemic has contributed to a climbing number of teacher vacancies, though retention has long been an issue.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Web Article

Web Panel: Considerations for K-12 School Choice Programs

School choice programs take many forms, widely varying within and across states. These myriad programs, such as charter schools, magnet schools, and voucher programs, have myriad impacts on students’ experiences and later success, and can be a tool to improve or hinder equity goals.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

School Choice in K-12 Education

While almost 70% of K-12 students in the U.S. continue to attend their neighborhood public school, an increasing number attend other types of schools.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 18: The Perfect Storm: College Students, Mental Health, And The Sense Of Belonging On Campus

The end of the spring semester marks the release of another episode! This month, we tackled the tough topic of mental health among college students. We talked about how COVID-19 has impacted college students seeking mental health services, the challenges for counselors and administrators working in university mental health centers, policy solutions to the crisis, and other things that have happened as a result of the pandemic like changes in technology.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Teacher Workforce Development: ‘Grow Your Own’ Teacher Programs

Grow Your Own (GYO) teacher programs are partnerships between school districts, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations to recruit and prepare community members to become teachers in local schools (Gist et al., 2019).
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Policy Brief

United We Learn: Honoring America’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity In Education

State and local policymakers are making consequential decisions about the treatment of race and racism in schools. It is crucial to slow down, consider the evidence from research and experience, and apply that knowledge to improve teaching about race and racism.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Addressing School and Education COVID Disparities

COVID-19 has upended the lives of nearly every individual in the United States, with prolonged school closures one of the major driving forces of disruption for youth and families.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 11: The Pandemic Perspective: The Challenges And Opportunities Of The Childcare System

We spoke to Karen Grimm-Thomas, Director of External Relations at the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), and Philip Sirinides, Associate Professor of Education in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education and Director of the Institute of State and Regional Affairs (ISRA) at Penn State Harrisburg, about the impact that the pandemic has had on childcare providers and families throughout Pennsylvania.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

COVID-19 and Child Welfare

Stressful situations combined with increased drug and alcohol use set the stage for potentially dangerous situations, especially for youth in abusive homes. Youth who consider school a safe haven may now be confined at home with their abusers.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

COVID-19 and Special Education

COVID-19 has created new barriers for students with disabilities. Students receiving special education services toward learning or behavioral goals are already at elevated risk for falling behind in school.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

COVID-19 and The Digital Divide

Youth living in poverty are more impacted by the digital divide. This divide may widen as many schools transition to online learning.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

COVID-19 and Linguistically Diverse Students

All students deserve an appropriate and effective education, including English Learners (ELs) [1] and dual language learners (DLLs) [2], collectively referred to as linguistically diverse students.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

COVID-19 and Opioid Risk Mitigation

Improve Access to Items Needed to Reduce Harm Associated with Opioid Misuse.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Policy Brief

Quality Implementation of Trauma Informed Care

Trauma-informed care (TIC) refers to strategies that agencies, programs, and service providers can use to understand, identify, and respond to individuals who may have experienced trauma.
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #32

The Science of Early Brain Development: A Foundation for the Success of Our Children and the State Economy
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Iowa Family Impact Seminar #4

STEM Education and Afterschool Programs: Presenting Evidence-Based, Unbiased Research to Examine the Family Impact of Policies and Programs
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Illinois Family Impact Seminar #6

Learning to Play, Playing to Learn: The Importance of Play in Early Childhood and the Transition to School
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Texas Family Impact Seminar #1

Getting To and Through College: Strategies for Improving College Attendance and Completion Rates in Texas
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Illinois Family Impact Seminar #5

Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards: Celebrating Success and Moving Forward
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Louisiana Family Impact Seminar #2

Connecting Business to Innovative Strategies for Poverty Reduction: Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Investments
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Minnesota Family Impact Seminar #3

Evidence-Informed Policymaking: Increasing Outcomes and Accountability for Children, Youth and Families
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Georgia Family Impact Seminar #3

Georgia Policy Opportunities: The Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Louisiana Family Impact Seminar #1

New Findings About an Innovative Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents Attending Louisiana Community Colleges
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Minnesota Family Impact Seminar #1

Options for a Responsive and Accountable Early Childhood Education System in Minnesota
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Indiana Family Impact Seminar #10

Meeting the Challenge of Moving Youth into the Workforce: Reducing Dropouts and Increasing Educational Attainment
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

New Mexico Family Impact Seminar #3

Early Childhood Development: The Economic, Social, and Psychological Impact of Education and Care
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Michigan Family Impact Seminar #10

Early Childhood Education and Care: An Economic Development Strategy for Michigan

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