Education Policy Breakfast Series

2009-2010 Series: Educational Transitions from Childhood to Adulthood

This year's three-part series on educational transitions stimulated a conversation among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners about the state of knowledge regarding the complex and important educational transitions experienced by young children, early adolescents, and emerging adults as they progress through school and into the world of work.

Episode 3: Transitions to Post-Secondary Education and Employment


Question and Answer:

Federal, state, and local education policy seem to be aligning behind the goal of "college for all." This session examined a range of questions about the nature, efficacy, and feasibility of this goal. What types of post-secondary credentials are most useful for productive participation in today’s economic, civic, and cultural institutions? How can we ensure that high school students have access to and then attain these credentials? Does the school-to-work transition need to lead through college? Is there a role for career and technical education in the preparation for transitions to post-secondary education and work? To what extent and how should high schools be held accountable for student outcomes after graduation?


Melissa Roderick
Hermon Dunlap Smith Professor
School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
Co-Director, Consortium on Chicago School Research

James R. Stone III
Director, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
Professor, College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville

James Kemple, Moderator

Episode 2: Navigating the Middle Years: Lessons from Educational Research and Practice to Facilitate School Transitions Among Youth

Early adolescence is a time of increasing risk for school failure and unsafe behavior. Research shows that access to particular school contexts and programs increases the likelihood that youth will navigate their early adolescence successfully. How can schools help diverse students navigate these potentially precarious years? How can research inform policy and practice to make a difference in the lives of more youth in our increasingly diverse schools?


Eric M. Anderman
Professor of Educational Psychology
Interim Director, School of Educational Policy and Leadership
Ohio State University

Daniel F. Oscar
President and CEO
Princeton Center for Leadership Training

Elise Cappella, Discussant
Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology
NYU Steinhardt

Episode 1: Strengthening Children's Chances of School Success before Kindergarten: Integrating New Evidence from Research and Practice

Recent studies are revealing new ways to support young children’s academic, social, and emotional development as they transition into school. How might classroom interactions support positive development? How can we place these findings within different social and cultural contexts? This year's first session examined research on and policies that address the challenges young children face as they move from the family into the early years of school.


Bridget Hamre
Associate Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
University of Virginia's Curry School of Education.

Fabienne Doucet
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
NYU Steinhardt

C. Cybele Raver
Director, Institute for Human Development and Social Change