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Evidence from the Research Alliance’s work is informing public conversation about key issues in education—here in New York City and around the country.

New Book Highlights Key Lessons from NYC’s Expanded Success Initiative

Adriana Villavicencio’s new book, Am I My Brother’s Keeper?, offers powerful insights into the challenges of implementing large-scale educational change. Drawing on the Research Alliance’s four-year study of the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), which aimed to improve the educational outcomes of 15,000 Black and Latinx males in NYC public high schools, the book examines what worked, what didn’t, and what we can learn from the experience.

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Dr. Cheri Fancsali Moderates National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Webinar

This Wednesday, June 9th at 3pm, Dr. Cheri Fancsali is moderating the Webinar on Engaging Policymakers in Cultivating Interest and Competencies in Computing, hosted by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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Research Alliance Co-Sponsors Forum on Reimagining the Role of Schools in Society

The Research Alliance is co-sponsoring the May 26 “Reimagining the Role of Schools in Society” forum, aimed at challenging the pre-pandemic status quo and identifying ways for schools to "build back better."

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Maker Partnership Featured in STEM for All Video Showcase

This week, the Maker Partnership project is being featured as part of the Stem for All video showcase highlighting efforts across the country to improve STEM and CS education.

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Research Alliance Teams Present at AERA 2021

Join James Kemple, Cheri Fancsali, and Zitsi Mirakhur later this week at the 2021 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

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Research Alliance Teams Present Findings at AEFP and SIGCSE

This week, Research Alliance staff will be sharing findings from our work at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) and at the 2021 SIGCSE Technical Symposium.

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Dr. Jim Kemple Presents on Pathbreaking Career and Technical Education Study

In his presentation, Dr. Kemple provides an overview of the CTE policy context, describes the scale and diversity of CTE options available in NYC, and explores the characteristics of students who chose CTE.

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Dr. Cheri Fancsali Contributes to NAS Report on Authentic Computing Experiences

She served on the NAS Committee on the Role of Authentic STEM Learning Experiences in Developing Interest and Competencies for Computing, which developed the report.

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Reflecting on 2020 at the Research Alliance

This has been a year like no other for schools and communities in New York City and across the country. Amid the most devastating pandemic in recent history, our nation also struggled to heal wounds from a painful and oppressive legacy of racism. At the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, as in many organizations, these events motivated us to reflect more deeply on our mission, our capacities, and our role in advancing a more just society.

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Research Alliance Alumni Author New Article on Teacher Collaboration

Former Research Alliance Deputy Director Adriana Villavicencio and former Research Associate Sarah Klevan, together with Montclair State University’s Reva Jaffe-Walter, authored a new paper, “You can’t close your door here: Leveraging Teacher Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Immigrant English Learners," in the January 2021 issue of Teaching and Teacher Education. In their paper, they examine teacher collaboration and its role in improving outcomes for English Learners (ELs).

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Drs. Cheri Fancsali and Wendy Castillo to Participate in SREE Virtual Session

On June 17 from 1:00-2:15pm EST, Deputy Director Cheri Fancsali and Research Associate Wendy Castillo will participate in a SREE virtual session, “Afterschool Strategies to Strengthen the STEM Pipeline in Grades 4-12.”

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Supporting Racial Justice and the Black Lives Matter Movement at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools

This year, the United States has witnessed the crushing toll of systemic racism on Black communities. The brutal murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of police, alongside an ongoing pandemic that disproportionately devastates Black and Brown communities, tragically illuminates the continued racism and inequity that Black Americans face every day.

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Exploring the Evidence on Virtual and Blended Learning

We recently updated our overview of research and practical guidance on remote and blended instruction. We also highlighted the need for more rigorous evidence and outlined data that should be collected, analyzed and shared.

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NYU's Social Science for Impact Forum and Research Competition

On May 11, the Research Alliance joined the Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) in a forum exploring how large, local datasets can inform new approaches to reducing inequality and expanding opportunity in NYC.

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The Research Alliance Mourns the Passing of Brooklyn Principal Dez-Ann Romain

The Research Alliance team was devastated to learn of the passing of Dez-Ann Romain, Principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy, due to complications from the coronavirus. In 2018, we had the privilege of working with Principal Romain on an event that explored the experiences of students who struggle to graduate but remain enrolled in school.

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A Covid-19 Update from the Research Alliance for NYC Schools

As Covid-19 disrupts the lives of 57 million students around the United States—1.1 million of whom live in New York City—the Research Alliance is working to balance the demands of our ongoing projects with changes that are necessary to protect public health.

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Spring 2020 Research Alliance Conference Appearances

The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus is affecting many aspects of Research Alliance’s work, and, more importantly, the lives of those in New York City schools and communities.

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Deputy Director Cheri Fancsali to Present on NYC's Special Education Landscape to Community Board 2

Dr. Fancsali will share key findings from our study of students with disabilities in New York City to the board’s subcommittee on Schools and Education. 

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Research Alliance Work Featured in NNERPP Extra

The article examines how different analytic decisions can profoundly influence findings—and their policy implications.

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Dr. Cheri Fancsali Appointed Deputy Director of the Research Alliance

Fancsali will focus on expanding partnerships and ensuring that evidence from Research Alliance studies is used by policymakers and educators, as they work to improve outcomes for NYC students.

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Research Alliance Work Featured at ASA Annual Meeting

The presentation will explore progress and challenges in the pursuit of equity in NYC’s public schools.

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New Report: Monitoring Educational Equity

The report proposes a new framework for measuring and monitoring equity in the nation’s K-12 education system.

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Research Alliance Co-Sponsors "Data & Ethics" Event

The event will explore critical ethical questions and data challenges as they relate to education, criminal justice, and interdisciplinary research.

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Recap of "Pursuing Equity in NYC Schools: Progress, Challenges and the Road Ahead"

The presentation highlighted steady improvement during the last two decades across a number of key student outcomes.

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Research Alliance 10th Anniversary Event: Pursuing Equity in NYC Schools

What will be required in the next decade—in terms of policy, practice and research—to ensure more equitable learning opportunities and outcomes for NYC students?

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Dr. Cheri Fancsali Co-Authors New Article on the Unique Challenges of Afterschool Research

“The Unique Challenges of Afterschool Research” provides practical advice for evaluators and afterschool practitioners about how they can work together effectively.

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Research Alliance to Present at the SREE 2019 Spring Conference

Researchers from around the country will gather in Washington, D.C. to focus on this year’s theme, “Tensions and Tradeoffs: Responding to Diverse Demands for Evidence.”

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Dr. Lisa Merrill Contributes to Update on Landmark 30-Year Study of American Teaching Force

The report examined various trends in CPRE’s landmark 30-year study of the American teaching force.

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Research Alliance on the Passing of Steering Committee Member Luis Garden Acosta

The Research Alliance is greatly indebted to Mr. Acosta’s unique perspective, intellect, and contributions to our research agenda. His insights and joyful spirit will be greatly missed by the Research Alliance.

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