May 2018 - The Hub: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice

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The Hub: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice

May 2018


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10 Communities Across the Country Awarded Up to $1.5 Million in Funding to Expand Student-Centered Learning Initiatives

The Together for Students Initiative

CINCINNATI, OHIO, May 23, 2018 - The Together for Students initiative, created by three national, education-focused nonprofit organizations - the Coalition for Community Schools,  Communities In Schools, and StriveTogether - today recognized 10 communities for plans bringing key community members together to support the needs of local students. Each of the 10 selected communities will receive approximately $150,000 to support the activities and goals set forth in their collaborative plans.

Selected from a pool of 86 applicants, these communities display strong school district and cross-sector partnerships, the ability to scale their plans, empowerment of family and student voice and a clear plan for identifying the best supports for students.

The 10 award communities are:

Each of the lead applicants listed will work with a variety of local partners.

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Community Schools Cultivate Hope, Opportunity, and Agency

WASA Hotline


By Steve Webb, WASA President

Reaching our goal—all students future-ready—requires a comprehensive approach to the education and well-being of every young person. It also necessitates a broad commitment from all stakeholders to meet the needs of the whole child. That’s why Vancouver, Tacoma, Highline, and many other districts throughout the state are embracing the community schools’ framework as advocated by the national Coalition for Community Schools.

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Usable Knowledge

Welcoming Newcomers

Being new. It’s uncomfortable, lonely, and scary, whether you’re 4 and entering a new preschool, or 40 and entering a new country. Will you find your way? Will you find community? Will you ever feel at home?

America has always been a place for newcomers — and schools are where we place the welcome mat. Despite the challenges of political hostility, declining resources, and violent conflicts fueling mass migration, educators are at the forefront, opening their classrooms to an increasingly diverse and global population of students — immigrants, undocumented students, English learners, and refugees — from near and far.

In a special series, we look at the strategies and practices that best support these newcomer students and their families, sharing insights that educators and school leaders can use to guide their work.

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The Arts and Dropout Prevention: The Power of Art to Engage

National Dropout Prevention Center

The mission of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) is to increase high school graduation rates and reduce school dropout rates through research, research dissemination, and the provision of evidence-based solutions. It accomplishes these goals by serving as a clearinghouse and network for evidence-based information that supports dropout prevention. The NDPC/N provides technical assistance and other professional assistance to school districts in the United States, all in support of dropout prevention. Fifteen effective strategies (National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, n.d.) guide the work of the NDPC/N. This paper touches on several strategies as they relate to the arts and dropout prevention. The topics in this paper include (a) arts and dropout prevention, (b) arts and student engagement, and (c) identifying and developing career pathways in the arts.

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IES Announces New Research Grant Competitions

Institute of Education Sciences


The National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released the funding announcements for four Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 grant competitionsEducation Research and Development Centers (84.305C), Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (84.305D), Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy (84.305H), and Research Training Programs in Special Education (84.324B).

Full information is available on the IES Funding Opportunities website and the Federal Register. Additional grant competitions will be announced next week.

Education Research and Development Centers

IES supports national Research and Development (R&D) Centers to contribute to the solution of education problems in the United States by engaging in research, development, evaluation, and national leadership activities aimed at improving the education system, and ultimately, student achievement.

For FY 2019, IES is competing two new R&D Centers: The Improving Rural Education center and the Writing in Secondary Schools center.

Statistical and Research Methodology in Education

As part of its commitment to improve the quality and quantity of research, IES funds projects that seek to advance education research methods and statistical analyses. The goal of the Statistical and Research Methodology in Education grants program is to develop methodological and statistical products that will better enable education scientists to conduct rigorous education research.

For the FY 2019, there are two topics in this program: Regular Grants and Early Career Grants for researchers who completed their doctorates on or after April 1, 2014. Grants can be funded for up to 3 years.

Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy

IES supports research that is carried out by research institutions and U.S. state and local education agencies working collaboratively on problems or issues that are a high priority for the education agencies. The goal of this research grant program is the improvement of education outcomes for all students, particularly those at risk of failure.

For FY2019, IES will consider applications that address the following two topics: Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research and Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies.

Research Training Programs in Special Education
In this training program, IES aims to prepare individuals to conduct rigorous and relevant special education and early intervention research that advances knowledge within the field and addresses issues important to education policymakers and practitioners. In FY 2019, grants will be made under one topic, the Early Career Development and Mentoring program.  This program provides support for an integrated research and career development plan for investigators in the early stages of their academic careers who have established an interest in special education research. The goal of this program is to help launch independent research careers focused on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with or at risk for disabilities.

Visit the IES website to view previously funded grants in all competition areas