To improve graduation rates, districts and schools need clear, evidence-based information about the impact of dropout prevention strategies. Check & Connect is a mentoring program designed to promote positive outcomes (including student engagement, progress and persistence, and school completion) through the provision of continuous, individualized student support. This research brief describes a longitudinal study of Check & Connect in a large, urban district in California.
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1 Jan 2017
Mounting evidence indicates that family engagement in education is a necessary component for positive student outcomes and overall school improvement. AIR uses a practical approach that is based on a framework grounded in research to build state, district, and school capacity, helping them to recognize their individual and collective responsibility for family engagement.
1 Jan 2017
Social and emotional well-being, and positive mental and physical health are essential to overall student success. Individual factors like genetics, physical health, coping skills, and the unexpected traumatic events can impact student outcomes. By assessing and improving school and community environments, AIR works to reduce risk factors, promote health, and respond to students’ needs.
26 May 2016
The Ten Series
High-quality preschool programs can have far reaching benefits for kids, parents, and communities—and they can provide a high return on initial investments. This 10 Series report summarizes our key findings about local preschool initiatives in 10 U.S. communities.
20 Apr 2016
in the summer of 2014 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative to identify successful strategies for ensuring that no young person is left without a home because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. This brief summarizes the lessons learned and recommendations of the initiative.