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Weaving Skill Ropes: Using Metaphor to Enhance Understanding of Skills and Learning

Michael Erard

March 2013

How does weaving ropes resemble the process of learning? This report from FrameWorks Institute uses this explanatory metaphor to explore how the public talks about learning and the acquisition of cognitive and emotional skills.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Youth Development

The Promise of Extended Learning Opportunities: New, Powerful, and Personalized Options for High School Students

Nicholas C. Donohue

February 2013

NMEF President & CEO Nicholas C. Donohue describes the potential that expanded learning opportunities can bring to a learning ecosystem.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Learning Time, Personalization, Youth Development

Overarching Media Coverage of Education Issues: A Cognitive Media Analysis

Moira O’Neil

November 2012

In this report, the FrameWorks Institute identifies dominant media frames that cut across education issues.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Governance & Finance, Policy, Youth Development

Cognitive Media Analysis of Skills and Learning

Moira O’Neil

November 2012

In this report, researchers dive into how skills and learning are framed in mainstream news outlets.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Learning Time, Youth Development

Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice

Eric Toshalis and Michael J. Nakkula

July 2012

What motivates students to engage in learning? This report finds that the more that educators use student-centered approaches to learning to reinforce student agency, the more likely students are to be engaged.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Student Voice & Agency, Youth Development

Mind, Brain, and Education

Christina Hinton, Kurt W. Fischer, and Catherine Glennon

July 2012

What does brain research tell us about how we learn and how learning, in turn, shapes the architecture of the brain?

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Youth Development

Personalization in Schools

Susan Yonezawa, Larry McClure, and Makeba Jones

July 2012

Student-teacher relationships are at the heart of personalization in schools, and play an important role in learning, especially for underserved students.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Personalization, Youth Development

Literacy Practices for African-American Male Adolescents

Alfred W. Tatum

July 2012

Just 38% of 12th graders performed at or above a proficient level in reading in 2009. Despite efforts to close the achievement gap, African-American boys fare even worse in literacy, and schools should deepen efforts to ensure they develop as readers, people, and citizens.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Equity, Youth Development

Mapping the Gap on Skills and Learning

Eric Lindland, Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, Michael Baran, Moira O’Neil, and Adam Simon

April 2012

Researchers map the gaps between the ways that the public and experts think and talk about issues of skills and learning in education.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Teachers & School Leaders, Youth Development

It Takes a Whole Society: Opening Up the Learning Landscape in the High School Years

Robert Halpern

February 2012

Rethinking the high school experience to engage out-of-school partners can provide more effective and personalized learning experiences for students.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Governance & Finance, Policy, Youth Development

Talking about Skills and Learning: A FrameWorks MessageMemo for the Core Story of Education Project

Susan Nall Bales, Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, Eric Lindland, Moira O'Neil, Adam Simon

February 2012

What obstacles prevent education reformers from engaging in meaningful public conversations?

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Curriculum & Instruction, Youth Development

Leadership in Action: Education, Prosperity, and Economic Competitiveness

New England Secondary School Consortium

June 2011

Across countries and time periods, education has been a universal gateway to greater prosperity, a stronger economy, and a better quality of life.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Governance & Finance, Policy, Youth Development

Leadership in Action: How Do Today's Students Learn?

New England Secondary School Consortium

March 2011

How can we use what we know about the way the brain works to inspire and engage students?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Youth Development

Meaningful Linkages between Summer Programs, Schools, and Community Partners

B. McLaughlin and T.L. Phillips

November 2009

What do effective summer learning partnerships look like? This report offers guidance and examples for schools and communities looking to develop and manage successful summer learning partnerships.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Learning Time, Youth Development

Building Multiple Pathways: Approaches, Relevant Programs and Implementation Considerations

Ephraim Weisstein and Dr. David Jacobson

April 2009

To increase the number of young people who gain the credentials necessary to succeed in the 21st century, we need to establish “multiple pathways” for learners that lead to a variety of high-quality postsecondary options.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Equity, Finance & Governance, Policy, Youth Development

New England After 3 PM

The Afterschool Alliance

May 2006

Afterschool programs provide students with opportunities for learning and exploration, but too few children have access to quality, well-funded programs. This 2006 report highlights the need for afterschool programs and the work being done in the New England states to increase availability and public demand.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Learning Time, Youth Development