Promising Practices in Veterans' Education: Outcomes and Recommendations from the Success for Veterans Award Grants

Education and Literacy;Peace and Conflict

Promising Practices in Veterans' Education: Outcomes and Recommendations from the Success for Veterans Award Grants

This is an evaluation of the Success for Veterans Awards program, and includes reports from 20 grantees.

October 2011

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-Platte County-Parkville;North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Dane County-Madison;North America-United States (New York Metropolitan Area);North America-United States (Northeastern)-Maine-Kennebec County-Augusta;North America-United States (Northeastern)-New Jersey-Bergen County;North America-United States (Northeastern)-New York-Onandaga County;North America-United States (Northwestern)-Oregon-Clackamas County;North America-United States (Northwestern)-Oregon-Lane County-Eugene;North America-United States (Southern)-Maryland-Prince George;North America-United States (Southern)-South Carolina;North America-United States (Western)-California-Fresno County-Fresno;North America-United States (Western)-California-Los Angeles County;North America-United States (Western)-California-Sacramento County-Sacramento;North America-United States (Western)-California-San Diego County-Chula Vista;North America-United States (Western)-California-Santa Cruz County;North America-United States (Western)-Colorado-Larimer County-Fort Collins

Ready, Willing and Able: Kansas City Parents Talk About How to Improve Schools and What They Can Do to Help

Education and Literacy, Parenting and Families

Ready, Willing and Able: Kansas City Parents Talk About How to Improve Schools and What They Can Do to Help

Are parents an untapped resource in improving and reimagining K -- 12 education in Kansas City? What do they think would enhance student learning and what are they willing to do to help their children get the education they deserve? These are among the questions explored in an in-depth survey of 1,566 parents with children now in public school in the Kansas City metropolitan area. This study finds the majority of parents in the Kansas City area ready, willing and able to be more engaged in their children's education at some level. For communities to reap the most benefit from additional parental involvement, it is important to understand that different parents can be involved and seek to be involved in different ways.

The results of this research, detailed in the following pages, show that nearly a third of the region's parents may be ready to take on a greater role in shaping how local schools operate and advocating for reform in K -- 12 education. These parents say they would be very comfortable serving on committees focused on teacher selection and the use of school resources. Their sense of "parental engagement" extends beyond such traditional activities as attending PTA meetings, coaching sports, volunteering for bake sales, chaperoning school trips and seeing that their children are prepared for school each day. Yet, despite their broad interest in a deeper, more substantive involvement in shaping the region's school systems, relatively few of these "potential transformers" have actually participated in policy-oriented activities in the past year.

Moreover, this survey finds that even though the majority of parents seem less inclined to jump into school policy debates, many say they could do more to support local schools in the more traditional school parent roles.

April 2013

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-Platte County, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-Jackson County-Kansas City, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-Clay County, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-Cass County, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Kansas-Wyandotte County-Kansas City

Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life

Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy

Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life

Large-scale public school closures have become a fact of life in many American cities, and that trend is not likely to stop now. This report

looks at what happens to the buildings themselves, studying the experiences of Philadelphia and 11 other cities that have decommissioned large numbers of schools in recent years: Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Mo., Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tulsa and Washington.

February 2013

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-St. Louis County-St. Louis, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-Jackson County-Kansas City, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Michigan-Wayne County-Detroit, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Cook County-Chicago, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio-Cuyahoga County-Cleveland, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio-Hamilton County-Cincinnati, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Milwaukee County-Milwaukee, North America-United States (Northeastern)-Pennsylvania-Allegheny County-Pittsburgh, North America-United States (Southern)-District of Columbia-Washington, North America-United States (Southern)-Georgia-Fulton County-Atlanta, North America-United States (Southern)-Oklahoma-Tulsa County-Tulsa

Districts Developing Leaders: Lessons on Consumer Actions and Program Approaches From Eight Urban Districts

Education and Literacy

Districts Developing Leaders: Lessons on Consumer Actions and Program Approaches From Eight Urban Districts

Profiles eight Wallace-supported approaches to preparing future principals to succeed in improving troubled city schools, including establishing clear expectations so that university preparation programs can craft training accordingly.

October 2010

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-Massachusetts-Suffolk County-Boston;North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Cook County-Chicago;North America-United States (Midwestern)-Indiana-Allen County-Fort Wayne;North America-United States (Southern)-Kentucky-Jefferson County;North America-United States (Northeastern)-Rhode Island-Providence County-Providence;North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Sangamon County-Springfield;North America-United States (Northeastern)-Massachusetts-Hampden County-Springfield;North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri-St. Louis County-St. Louis

St. John's Regional Health Center: Following Heart Failure Patients After Discharge Avoids Readmissions

Education and Literacy;Health

St. John's Regional Health Center: Following Heart Failure Patients After Discharge Avoids Readmissions

Outlines strategies that contribute to low readmission rates among patients with heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia, including physician incentives and post-discharge interventions for patients and community providers. Lists lessons learned.

April 2011

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri;Africa (Eastern)-Kenya

Putting Performance on the Map: Locating Quality Schools in the Kansas City, Missouri School District

Education and Literacy

Putting Performance on the Map: Locating Quality Schools in the Kansas City, Missouri School District

Analyzes enrollment, capacity, location, and performance data for KCMSD and charter schools and examines the effects of closures, restructuring, and teacher layoffs on students. Recommends strategic coordination to meet student needs and state standards.

October 2010

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Kansas-Wyandotte County-Kansas City, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Missouri

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