Ideas at work

Learn about collaborations and initiatives working to better serve students, and find proven strategies for action.

Initiatives and Collaborations

College Planning
Resources for students to prepare for college and for their families, teachers and counselors to help.

College Readiness Consortium
Helps students master the knowledge, skills and habits for success in higher education.

Department of Career and Technical Education
The State Board for Career and Technical Education, as North Dakota's public workforce education and training delivery system, is committed to providing career awareness, work readiness skills, occupational preparation, and retraining of workers throughout the state. Career and technical education will span all educational levels, providing youth with exploration opportunities and the foundation skills needed to enter the world of work while providing adults with skills needed to enter, re-enter, or advance in the workforce.

Everyone Graduates Center
Everyone Graduates Center combines analysis of the causes, location, and consequences of the nation’s dropout crisis with the development of tools and models designed to keep all students on the path to high school graduation.

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI) partners with schools and communities to provide a statewide system of excellent service and support to ensure a healthy school environment that fosters student success.

Among programs and services:

North Dakota Regional Education Associations
NDREA is a network of the eight regional education associations (REAs) in North Dakota. A Regional Education Association (REA) is a group of school districts seeking to improve their educational programs and services through cooperation and pooling of resources. Each REA offers unique programs and services based on the needs of the region, high quality programs and services in the areas of professional development, technology support, data systems support, school improvement support, and curriculum enrichment.

North Dakota University System
Through partnerships with business, industry and government agencies, the campuses under The North Dakota University System provide training, conduct research and stimulate economic growth.

WICHE: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education is a regional organization created by the Western Regional Education Compact and adopted in the 1950s by Western states. WICHE was created to facilitate resource sharing among the higher education systems of the West. It implements a number of activities to accomplish its objectives.

Youth Forward
Youth Forward is anything and everything that connects people ages 14-24 to a future in North Dakota. It promotes jobs, entertainment, education and more opportunities for youth looking to stay in North Dakota.

 

Evidence Based Strategies

These websites identify proven strategies to address this topic area.  Keep in mind that each source differs in their definition of what is "evidence-based" or "proven."

Best Evidence Encyclopedia
Presents reviews of research-proven education programs in math, reading, science, early childhood, and comprehensive school reform. From Johns Hopkins University's Center for Research and Reform in Education.

The Campbell Collaboration
International collaboration that is compiling a database of effective programs and practices in the areas of crime and justice, education and social welfare.

Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University
The Center for Education Policy Research is a unique partnership among districts, states, foundations, and university-based researchers designed to leverage the overwhelming amount of newly available school-, teacher-, and student-level data to address previously intractable policy questions in education and improve educational outcomes for all students.

Evidence-Based Policy and Innovation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF)
LJAF works to develop and support initiatives that encourage governments and nonprofit organizations to help build the evidence base for social interventions and to consider reliable evidence as one of the primary factors in their decisions.

The Educator’s reference desk
Provides resources on all aspects of education.

Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre
Systematic reviews in multiple areas, including education, health, and social welfare. Part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Harvard Family Research Project
Since 1983, we have helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well-being of children, youth, families, and their communities. We work primarily within three areas that support children’s learning and development—early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education. Underpinning all of our work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability.

Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS)
It organizes the programs by population, outcome and approach.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide
A database of scientifically-proven programs that address the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry, including substance abuse, mental health, and education programs.

Promising Practices Network
Features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children.

Structuring out-of-school time to improve academic achievement
Institute of Education Sciences presents five recommendations intended to help district and school administrators, out-of-school program providers, and educators design out-of-school time programs that will increase learning for students. Each recommendation is accompanied by supporting research, implementation steps and ways to address potential roadblocks.

What Works Clearinghouse
Central source for identifying education programs that work. From the Institute of Education Sciences.

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North Dakota Compass

North Dakota Compass
www.ndcompass.org

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