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RESOURCE: Child Trends What Works Database of Evidence-Backed Programs

"Best practices" are those that local professionals deem anecdotally as those that get desired results. For example, in my community, it makes a BIG difference in whether the local psychiatric unit will admit a suicidal teen if I can call someone at the unit who knows who I am, and express my concern. "Evidence-based practices and programs" are those that were informed by research when designed. It does NOT mean that evidence shows there are effective at reaching stated goals. "Evidence backed practices and programs" are those that DO achieve their stated goals. Before implementing any new programs or practices in your schools, I strongly recommend asking questions about whether the program

Intergenerational Contact Zones: A Compendium of Applications

This past fall, I attended a talk at Cornell by Matthew Kaplan where he talked about creating Intergenerational Spaces in communities to increase opportunities for interaction between generations. When we think about community revitalization, this is a good model to consider. At this link, you can see a couple of educational applications, among other community contexts. Here at Cornell, Jamila Walida Simon, NYS 4-H Civic Engagement Specialist has experience with lots of innovative 4-H projects. I met with her in the fall, and she told me about her Children Youth and Families at-Risk (CYFAR) project she facilitated alongside youth and community members where after-school 4-H members explored

Inequality, Education, Mass Incarceration

Dr. Anna Haskins finds that children of incarcerated fathers suffer quite a bit in school: "She used measurements of school readiness, special education placement, grade retention, as well as behavioral and cognitive outcomes that also impact a child’s ability to succeed in school. Controlling for a number of variables, the results showed across-the-board deleterious impacts of a father’s incarceration on children’s academic outcomes and schooling success." Read more

School Lunch Subsidy Could Boost Local Farms, Economies

"If New York state lawmakers were to provide a subsidy of 5 cents per school lunch just one day per week for the purchase of local fruits and vegetables, it would likely provide a financial boost for New York farmers and local economies." Read more

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