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Basil Smikle is a Ph.D. student in EPSA and the Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party. He wrote about his decision to pursue his degree for the Campaign for Teachers College here.
"Putting Collective Impact in Context. A Review of the Literature on Local Cross-Sector Collaboration to Improve Education." Teachers College, Columbia University, October 2015.
ABSTRACT There has been a broad renewal of interest and investment in local, place-based, cross-sector collaboration as a strategic approach for the improvement of educational outcomes and community development in cities across the United States. These initiatives, many of which have adopted a “collective impact” label, are organized at the school district, city, county, or metropolitan level, and attempt to improve education by promoting collaboration among government, business, and civic sectors; early childhood providers, the K-12 system, and postsecondary education; community-based organizations and private providers of services and supports for young people and their families. They also work to bridge gaps between strategies focused exclusively on schools and those drawing on a wider range of services and programs. Increasingly, these local efforts are being linked into national networks. To help put this emergent movement into context, this paper (1) provides an orienting conceptual framing to describe the initiatives that are the object of study; (2) discusses a number of relevant historical precursors and underpinnings; (3) situates recent local crosssector collaborations for education in a contemporary landscape of such efforts and within the context of the debate between those who believe educational improvement requires attention to out-of-school factors and those who believe schools can and must make substantial progress on their own; (4) reviews the research on collective impact initiatives, (5) mines the substantial literature on organizational collaborations of various kinds; (6) and reviews the literature on the politics of local collaboration efforts. The paper concludes with some preliminary and tentative lessons about the challenges and the possible road forward for local cross-sector collaborations for education. In future reports we will present findings that go more directly to the question of how these contemporary efforts are evolving and identify, where possible, leverage points for increasing their chances of success. Those reports will draw on quantitative analysis of over 180 efforts nationwide, deep case studies in three cities, and more moderately detailed cases studies in an additional five cities that will enable us to consider a broader range of variations and contexts.
Webcast from the Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Professional Studies: “Unions, Workers, and the Democratic Party.
The article referred to Professor Levin's "exhaustive analysis" of CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP).
The Ming Yuan Education Foundation was founded in China in 1998 to encourage young scholars engaged in educational research.
NY Times column on FAFSA cites a study by Professor Scott-Clayton and others that found that dozens of questions on the FAFSA contribute virtually nothing to the determination of grant aid.
Melinda Karp, PhD 2006 in Sociology & Education, was featured in an NPR story.
Professor Bailey talks about the complexity of the college transfer process in an Associated Press article.