Ideas at work

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

Initiatives and Collaborations

Afterschool Network North Dakota
On behalf of school-age youth, the N.D. Afterschool Network supports and advocates for high-quality, out-of-school-time programming, resources and services.

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.

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North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders
The North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders seeks to protect educational leaders’ interests and make them known in educational matters. Composed of ten associations, its purpose is to create connections between the members, achieve common goals, offer sound recommendations to leaders, and better the status of North Dakota school administrators.

North Dakota Parent Teacher Association
The North Dakota Parent Teacher Association seeks to empower communities and families to advocate for children. The North Dakota PTA highlights programs offered by the National PTA in areas such as Family Engagement, Health and Safety and PTA Family Reading Experience.

North Dakota Prevention Resource & Media Center
The North Dakota Prevention Resource & Media Center promotes behavioral health and substance abuse prevention.  The center currently focuses on data-driven initiatives regarding underage drinking, binge drinking, prescription drug abuse, and mental health.  Additionally, the organization offers several free services and materials to individuals in North Dakota Communities and provides support for prevention professionals.

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.


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."

Afterschool Alliance Reports
Provides a comprehensive look at afterschool developments and research and includes a variety of reports that present evaluation data on afterschool, recent afterschool developments, and research on how states and afterschool programs are dealing with tough budget times.

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, Arnold Ventures
Arnold Ventures’ mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that improves the opportunities and decreases injustice in society by focusing on issues related to criminal justice, health, education, and public finance through the guidance of evidence-based policy, research, and advocacy.

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

Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre
As a specialist center EPPI-Center develops methods for systematic reviewing and synthesis of research evidence and methods for the study of the use research. 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.

The Global Family Research Project
The Global Family Research Project is the successor to the Harvard Family Research Project, which separated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Jan. 1, 2017. The Global Family Research Project develops and evaluate strategies to promote the well-being of children, youth, families, and their communities 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 their work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability.

Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS), Child Trends
A synthesis of what was learned from experimentally evaluated programs in Child Trends’ What Works database into fact sheets and grouped them into three categories: population, program outcome (Social-Emotional Difficulties, Early Language and Literacy, Acting-Out/Externalizing, Asthma Education, Obesity, Substance Use, Reproductive Health, Civic Engagement) and program approach (Home Visiting, Summer Learning, Parent Involvement, Self Sufficiency).

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 that focus to the different aspects of juvenile justice.

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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