Resources to empower
Children in kindergarten build their independence, self-reliance and self-confidence. These skills begin developing at home as children take more responsibility for simple tasks such as dressing themselves with less outside help. Being prepared for school includes academic knowledge such as recognizing their first and last name but children also will also need to be able to communicate their needs, feelings and interests.
This toolkit provides community members and school staff with tools and tactics to help create an impact on students and help to improve attendance .
This article lists innovative ways for schools to involve community partners.
This brief details how youth programs and schools can improve social and emotional learning. The brief also provides resources for building partnerships to implement social and emotional learning.
This toolkit helps school districts leverage ideas and resources available from national partner organizations as well as the pioneering work of a growing number of local efforts. The toolkit offers tips, scripts, and a variety of relevant and free materials to assist in establishing an elementary success mentor program.
California Department of Education (CDE) identifies practices, strategies, and activities that have a positive effect in encouraging students to attend school regularly.
Attendance Works provides recommendations to faith-based leaders on how better prepare children for the future.
This article helps working parents of children with special needs identity what they should look for in a company. It also helps employers see how they can better serve their employees.
This toolkit helps after-school advocates form partnerships benefitting the business community, after-school programs, parents, and the youth who need these programs.
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 report looks at the factors leading to increased special education costs for districts.
This tool helps school districts and schools conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of physical education curricula for K–12 students.
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 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 report provides additional information supporting the claim that learning a new language opens career paths and increases employment opportunities for students.
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.
This report provides policymakers and educators background on the disproportionality of low-income students in special education.
This report provides teachers with strategies to implement self-management skills in the classroom. The report also provides supporting research that self-management leads to better life outcomes (e.g., school completion, financial stability, life satisfaction).