Since 2014, senior leaders in education research and practice at both New York University and the NYC Department of Education Division of Early Childhood Education (DOE-DECE) have fostered a research-practice partnership to support roll out of universal pre-kindergarten through Pre-K For All improving the quality of its programming. The purpose of this partnership is to provide quantitative and capacity-building solutions to educational problems faced by the DOE-DECE.
The Transitions lab uses a national dataset and rigorous methods to understand the trajectories, experiences, and outcomes for students who attend schools of varied grade spans in the middle grades (e.g., k-8 schools, middle schools, junior high schools).
The current project is a follow-up of the INSIGHTS into Children’s Temperament study (2008-2012). This project was led by faculty members in the departments of Applied Psychology and Teaching & Learning at New York University.
BRIDGE involves a randomized intervention trial in urban elementary schools that leverages school mental health resources to improve classroom interactions and academic engagement for children with and without disruptive behaviors.
The PEERS lab describes the network of peer relationships in low-income, urban, elementary school classrooms, including the role of individual students and teaching practices in the classroom social network.
Links to Learning (L2L) is a randomized trial of a mental health model focused on predictors of learning in urban schools. L2L activates existing school and community resources to provide school- and home-based services to the teachers and families of children with disruptive behavior disorders. The aim is to strengthen classroom and home learning contexts, and improve student behavioral and academic outcomes.