Resources to empower
Local governments play a critical role in education and the community as they determine policy and make decisions that impact student learning. Additionally they are responsible for being a conduit between local school systems and state and federal departments of education.
This tool provides users with an interactive look at the intersection of school-based health centers (SBHCs) and high-need areas.
This report discusses conversations among state lawmakers on whether and how to incorporate SEL into school and after-school curriculum.
This fact sheet details Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP) requirements and the importance of IRAPs.
This article details how states and the federal government fund after-school and summer programs.
This article describes how after-school and community-based programs are funded and supported legislatively.
This position statement informs the general public, the K-12 community, and educators about the importance of teaching world religions in the social studies curriculum in ways that are constitutionally and academically sound.
This article identifies six critical elements that impact several important aspects of schooling.
This fact sheet guides on how parents can help youth build a foundation for a successful transition to adult life outside of foster care. It also describes the challenges youth face, the effects of adolescent brain changes, and Federal laws and programs.
This report looks at the factors leading to increased special education costs for districts.
This brief provides a resource to states and districts on promising practices in measuring and improving attendance and engagement during extended school closures.
This tool helps school districts and schools conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of physical education curricula for K–12 students.
This report highlights the need for government, academia, donor organizations, and the private sector to collaborate on social science research through funding, data, ethics, research quality, and research training.
This resource provides a list of philanthropic organizations and city/county funding streams for districts/schools seeking alternative resources to provide students with necessary supports and services.
This study examines the relationship between children’s socioeconomic status (SES) and their cognitive and noncognitive skills when starting school using data from the kindergarten classes of 1998 and 2010.
This report looks at how federal and state governments can invest resources to achieve high-quality education and student success in ways that redress the effects of inequities and historical discrimination. The report also reviews resource inequalities in U.S. schools. It analyzes the results of efforts to address these inequalities, examining recent research on the outcomes of school finance reforms nationally and in four states—Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and North Carolina. The report also contains recommendations for federal and state actions that could support greater resource equity.
This resource provides local policymakers and educators with nearly two dozen practical strategies for improving attendance that have proven track records and in many instances are easy to introduce and simple to scale.
This guide provides a summary of the value of Career and Technical Education as well as a glossary of terms, branches of government, business associations, and student organizations meant for anyone conducting outreach in the CTE Community.
This toolkit helps users engage with a diverse set of stakeholders about the importance of high- quality STEM teaching and learning.
This webpage offers specific policy recommendations to ensure more children in the United States have consistent access to healthy foods from the earliest days of life. The page also has feature studies and resources highlighting physical education and obesity among K-12 students.
This article details what courses executives at major companies would like to see in high schools.
The report argues for the importance of childcare for the business future of the United States.
This toolkit gives superintendents, principals, government officials, and community members resources on creating national service partnerships between districts/schools and organizations.
This brief analyzes, revises, and supplements what is known about social and emotional learning to foster the development of citizens who contribute to an increasingly interconnected, diverse global community.