AIR examines 16 successful applications from the Race to the Top District awards. Four trends mark grantees' efforts to implement teaching and learning innovations, including blended learning environments, individualized career readiness plans, and empowering stakeholders.
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This study examines how general coping strategies mediate the relationship between perceived racial discrimination and depression. Results suggest that the use of “avoidant coping strategies” may mediate or help to explain why perceptions of racial discrimination are associated with increased depression among African American youth.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District implemented an evidence-based social and emotional learning program—Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS). AIR’s evaluation of the program indicates that student outcomes improved, despite the challenges faced by this complex urban school district, and even with imperfect implementation and uncertain fidelity.
For the Bipartisan Policy Center, AIR developed a financial model of the costs and benefits of a small diabetes prevention program. Key findings include: There is a large population with pre-diabetes in the U.S. who could benefit from a prevention program, and a diabetes prevention program can produce overall cost savings for individuals.
AIR is working with RAND to evaluate the strategic human capital reform efforts of three school districts and a cluster of charter management organizations identified by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Among preliminary findings, the authors assert that the sustainability of the reforms studied relies on buy-in from stakeholders, and the ability of the districts to become more efficient in the way they create better results for students.