Featured Publications

Connell, J.P., Eccles, J., Kemple, J., & Legters, N. – Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

“Making the Move” examines how thematic small, personalized learning communities and freshman academies offer promising research-based approaches to significantly reducing school dropout rates between the 9th and 10th grades.

The authors represent two national model developers and technical assistance providers and a national research and policy organization involved in evaluating these...

Connell, J.P. – Institute for Research and Reform in Education

IRRE President Jim Connell was a featured presenter at the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) webinar "Preparing College and Career Ready Students: Elements of Successful Programs.

Connell, J.P., Klem, A.M., Lacher, T., Leiderman, S., & Moore, W., with Deci, E. – Institute for Research and Reform in Education

In “Theory, Research, and Practice” First Things First (FTF) is traced back to its roots in the rich tradition of research on human motivation. Three fundamental psychological needs – competence, autonomy and relatedness – are identified as the theoretical foundation for the early development of the FTF core strategies. After providing a review of the core strategies, the authors summarize the...

Levin, H., Belfield, C., Muennig, P. & Rouse, C. – Teachers College, Columbia University

This cost-benefit study, conducted by Henry Levin of Teachers College, Columbia University, and three colleagues examined the cost effectiveness of diverse approaches (pre-K through high school) to improving graduation rates.  As the only high school approach meeting the authors’ evidentiary standards for inclusion in the study, First Things First (FTF) was found to be the most cost-effective...

Connell, J.P., & Klem, A.M. – Journal of Educational and Psychological Consulting

“You Can Get There from Here” presents a theory of change approach to planning educational reform initiatives with a focus on district level efforts.

Using examples from ongoing work with urban school districts, the authors begin from the idea that a theory of change approach “helps make plans for urban education more sensible—more grounded in current research, in...