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"Our Kids": Learning Needs of Urban Youth of Color

Abstract

If we could build a new system of education from scratch, what would it look like?
This is the guiding question behind McREL's series of eight research reports developed for the Stupski Foundation. The foundation, which is focused on supporting the "fundamental reinvention" of the American system of public education into one that prepares all children for the challenges of life, career, and citizenship in the 21st century, tasked McREL with reviewing education research on several critical components of the current education system. The result of this effort is a series of reports that review relevant research and offer recommendations for re-inventing the public education system.

Our Kids
Findings presented in the report fall into four areas: 1) brain-based interventions which ameliorate environmental risks experienced by Our Kids, 2) the contribution of social and emotional skills to the school readiness of Our Kids, 3) characteristics of early childhood programs that relate to positive long- term outcomes, and 4) differences in parenting practices that predict corresponding variation in academic achievement.

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