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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.
Prof. Jeffrey Henig is quoted in the Washington Post article
Professor Scott-Clayton spoke at the Senate HELP committee's hearing on college affordability on June 3, and made recommendations to reduce complexity in the federal student aid application and loan repayment processes.
Prof. Huerta is quoted in an Education Week article "Charter Sector Challenged by Quality of School Boards," by Adrianna Prothero.
Black Male Teachers: There aren't enough of them by Valerie Strauss, was published in the Washington Post on April 28 in the Answer Sheet section.
EPSA department congratulates all the winners.
On April 9, former New York State Governor David Paterson, the chairman of the NYS Democratic Party, announced that Basil Smikle Jr. would become the new executive director of the party.
In an article he wrote for The Hechinger Report, an independent news website based at TC, Professor Aaron Pallas challenged NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch's assertion that opting out of testing is a "terrible mistake."
Professor Aaron Pallas was quoted in articles in Chalkbeat and NYC Lens about the handling of teachers' evaluations in the just-passed NY State budget.
An Education Week article on "The Teachers of Color Disappearance Crisis" featured responses from 2014 alumni Travis Bristol (PhD, Education Policy) and Terrenda White (PhD, Sociology & Education).
The NY Times story, "Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge," cites Professor Bergman's work with a Los Angeles school sending personalized text messages to parents of middle and high school students.
Professor Wells states that consciously bringing together students of different races is useful and that putting kids in segregated schools "is not good preparation for the 21st century."
Thomas Bailey Widely Quoted in Major Media Outlets on President Obama's Proposed Community College Plan
Professor Bailey was quoted in multiple news stories about President Obama's proposed plan to offer students two years of free tuition at community colleges, including those in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.
Professor Judith Scott-Clayton joined President Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed Professor Elana Sigall as New York State's Deputy Secretary for Education
Congratulations and welcome to Sam Abrams, Director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.
Congratulations and welcome to Amra Sabic-El_Rayess, Senior Research Associate at EPSA.
Professor Aaron Pallas is "cautiously optimistic" about Mayor de Blasio's vision for failing NYC schools, including the plan to have superintendents spend more time inside school buildings.
The Hill (thehill.com) is a top US political website, read by the White House and more lawmakers than any other site -- vital for policy, politics and election campaigns.
How I got out of poverty: -'I don't like to think of myself as an outlier' The story of how one young man went from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Denver to graduate school at Columbia University. Read the article here.
Professor Tom Bailey Says that Tuition-Free Plans Could Prompt "Steep Tuition Hikes" at Community Colleges
Professor Aaron Pallas on NPR: Optional SAT is "Sensible," Especially for Colleges Seeking Diversity
Professor Amy Stuart Wells writes in The Atlantic about Ferguson's lessons for the future of the suburbs.
America's Suburban Schools Facing new Pressures. One of the problems with many school reforms being implemented in schools today is that they are being done in isolation -'" from one another and from other policies that are necessary to actually allow the education changes to work. In the following post, two professors explain how housing policy affects America's suburban schools in a profound way. Amy Stuart Wells is a professor of sociology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Douglas Ready is an associate professor of education policy at Teachers College. Wells leads the Center for Understanding Race and Education at Teachers College, founded in 2008 for research and outreach activities related to issues of race in educational institutions.
Accounting For Higher Education Accountability: Political Origins of State Performance Funding for Higher Education by Kevin J. Dougherty, Rebecca S. Natow, Rachel Hare Bork, Sosanya M. Jones & Blanca E. Vega. TC Record. Sept. 2014.
Examination of the political origins of state performance funding for higher education in six states (Florida, Illinois, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington) and the lack of its development in another two states (California and Nevada).
Basil Smikle, a Ph.D. candidate in the Politics & Education program and a political strategist, participates in a panel discussing Gov. Jay Nixon's press conference in Ferguson, Missouri. MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki. August 17, 2014.