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Consortium for Policy Research in Education;
The report details a two-year exploratory, mixed-methods research study on the disciplinary practices and climate of schools serving Kâ8 students in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Findings reveal that SDP schools are making efforts to reduce suspensions and improve climate, but critical barriers to these efforts include resource limitations and philosophical misalignments between teachers and school leaders. The study identified three profiles among SDP schools serving Kâ8 students based on information about disciplinary practices and climate, and found that these profiles are predictive of suspension and academic outcomes. Students attending schools with collaborative climates and less punitive approaches to discipline have lower risk of being suspended and better academic outcomes. The report offers a series of recommendations for strengthening the implementation of climate initiatives, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), in challenging urban settings.
The Pew Charitable Trusts;
This report examines how a new, comprehensive state education funding formula, if adopted by Pennsylvania, would impact the School District of Philadelphia. After comparing Philadelphia with 10 other big city districts across the country, the analysis concludes that a state formula based on district needs, demographics, and ability to pay -- such as those used in most states -- would not necessarily provide a substantially higher level of aid for urban districts. Equally important, the analysis finds, is the overall amount of state spending on education. According to the report, per-pupil funding for Philadelphia schools was less than that of seven of the 10 other districts studied -- all of which were in states with funding formulas.
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission;
Roosevelt Boulevard is a complex corridor with many needs. The purpose of this project was to take a fresh look at transit needs specifically and develop improvement strategies that could be achieved at grade within the existing cross section of the roadway, at comparatively lower cost and in a shorter timeframe than the subway/elevated line that has historically been the focus of transit planning efforts and remains a long-term ambition. The public has expressed an ongoing interest in improved public transit service on Roosevelt Boulevard, through such feedback efforts as the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's (DVRPC) Dots & Dashes exercise to develop the 2008Long-Range Vision for Transit, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission's 2035 Comprehensive Plan, and DVRPC Choices & Voices feedback for the Connections 2040long-range plan. This project was a response to that feedback, and to a sense that the corridor has been long on plans but short on progress—owing to solutions that have resided in perpetual long range for financial reasons.
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission;
The Downtown Trenton Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was created by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission in collaboration with a variety of partners, most notably the City of Trenton. This study proposes different bicycle, pedestrian, intersection, and trail interventions within downtown Trenton, New Jersey. The plan also offers potential funding streams and examples of estimated construction costs. This plan will be incorporated into the City of Trenton's Trenton 250 Master Plan.
The School District of Philadelphia's Office of Research and Evaluation;
City Year has been working in Philadelphia schools to support under-performing students and teachers for over 10 years. The program deploys teams of corps members to provide targeted, one-on-one or small group support in the areas of English, math, attendance, and behavior, as well as school-wide activities aimed at improving school climate. This report reflects the second consecutive year that The School District of Philadelphia's Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) has partnered with the William Penn Foundation to evaluate the program in 11 Philadelphia elementary and high schools. The Year 1 (School Year 2013-2014) report was released in the fall of 2014. This report concentrates on Year 2 (School Year 2014-2015) programming, making comparisons to Year 1 where appropriate. It follows the mid-year formative report and the mid-year qualitative report, which were delivered in spring of 2015.
Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board;
Published in March 2007 by the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, A Tale of Two Cities is a report portraying Philadelphia's human capital challenge as latent economic opportunity. The research highlights the economic potential that investing in the education of Philadelphia's people can yield, both for the individual and the community as a whole. The publication is intentionally designed to be readable and accessible to all Philadelphia citizens -- thought leaders, community members, public officials, and business owners. In everyday language, it identifies the connection between the undereducation of the city's workforce and Philadelphia's economic problems, high levels of unemployment and poverty, social dislocation, tax challenges, and safety concerns; concerns that all Philadelphians understand and have a stake in addressing.
To determine the impact of the Summer Career Exploration Program (SCEP), a privately funded summer jobs program for low-income teens, P/PV examined the lives of over 1700 applicants. These youth were randomly assigned to participate or to not participate in SCEP in the summer of 1999, and their outcomes were compared at four and twelve months after program application. Researchers found that implementation was strong, but program impacts were less impressive. While SCEPs participants got summer jobs at a substantially higher rate (92%) than the control group (62%), the programs ability to translate this large and immediate summer employment impact into intermediate gains (in terms of future plans, college enrollment, work success, sense of self-efficacy or reduced criminal activity) proved to be negligible. Although impacts were short lived, the report concludes that SCEP and similar programs have an important place in the larger mosaic of supports, programs and opportunities for young people.
This document summarizes the key findings of the Summer Career Exploration Program evaluation.
This executive summary provides an overview of key findings from Quality Time After School: What Instructors Can Do to Enhance Learning. The executive summary focuses on the importance of two features of high-quality activities: good group management and positive adult support of learning. Drawing from surveys and interviews with more than 400 participants and instructors from five Philadelphia-based Beacon Centers, this study will begin to help program managers and funders make headway in identifying key features of high-quality after-school programs.
This issue of P/PV In Brief focuses on key findingsand their implications for policymakers and fundersfrom Quality Time After School: What Instructors Can Do to Enhance Learning. Drawing on extensive qualitative and quantitative data collected from five Philadelphia-based Beacon Centers, our study identifies characteristics of after-school activities that are linked to youth engagement and learning across a rich diversity of out-of-school-time activity areas. The brief explores the importance of good group management and positive adult support of learning, providing program directors and funders with guidance for improving program quality and fostering engagement and learning in after-school programs.
In 1999, seeking to reduce Philadelphia's homicide rate and put youthful offenders on the path to a productive adulthood, various Philadelphia agencies and organizations, including Public/Private Ventures, partnered to form the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP). The projects goal is to steer youth, ages 14 to 24 and at greatest risk of killing or being killed, toward productive lives through increased support and supervision. This report describes YVRP and presents early evidence the initiative may be reducing homicides.