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Timothy Sheldon, research associate at CAREI, and Dr. Marti Erickson, founding Director of the University of Minnesota's Children, Youth, & Family Consortium, presented the findings from CAREI's three-year evaluation of the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure (UWCA) Program to Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and several foundation leaders. Over 12,000 Twin Cities youth and their families participated in the program in 2012. Day and overnight canoe trips on the Mississippi River introduce young people to the outdoors, connect them to caring adults, and transform the lives of young people by helping them make lasting connections to the natural world. CAREI's evaluation of the UWCA program assessed the impact of the program activities on the attitudes and behaviors of participating students. The evaluation found that the program: (a) positively influenced students' attitudes about the river, the environment, and science; (b) resulted in more positive connections to peers and adults, (c) promoted personal development, and (d) increased leadership skills. For more information, you can access Sheldon's recent report on the UWCA program evaluation.

05 Apr 12 CTC Farnsworth-3403.jpgDebra Ingram, research associate at CAREI, and Tessa Flynn, Manager of Community Engagement at The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, presented a workshop on the assessment of student-driven, critical discussion at the American Alliance for Theatre & Education National Conference in Lexington, KY. The workshop focused on a new observation protocol for measuring students' speaking and listening comprehension skills in the theatre's Neighborhood Bridges program. The protocol was designed by Ingram in partnership with staff at The Children's Theatre Company, and is aligned with state and national language arts standards. (Photograph courtesy of Nancy Wong).

Thumbnail image for student_sleeping.jpgKyla Wahlstrom's research on school start time and its connection to student learning is a particularly hot topic right now, as teachers, students, and parents prepare for the beginning of a new school year. Wahlstrom has recently been invited to discuss her research on Missouri Public Radio's morning news program, "Up To Date," and also with WCCO-AM's Jordana Green. The interviews highlighted Wahlstrom's research findings, including the positive effects of sleep on students' learning and the political difficulties of changing school start times. Related outcomes for family life and teen behavior were also discussed. Wahlstrom is the Director of CEHD's Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI). The interviews are available in the archives for the radio stations and Wahlstrom's published reports on this subject are available on the CAREI website.

Strive Image2.jpgThe Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) was selected as the external evaluator for an extensive new education initiative of Twin Cities Strive in partnership with Greater Twin Cities United Way. The United Way and Strive received a $5 million grant to support a portfolio of replicable, evidence-based youth programs designed to improve kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading proficiency, ninth-grade readiness for upper-level math, four-year graduation rates, and college enrollment rates for between 1,500 and 2,000 low-income youth each year.

This grant was awarded as part of the Corporation for National and Community Service's national Social Innovation Fund (SIF) competition. CAREI will provide evaluation services for the overall project, as well as for each of the to-be-awarded subgrantee programs. Dr. Michael Michlin will be the principal investigator for this evaluation project.

midwest_aapi_community.jpgThe White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) recently held its Midwest Regional Action Summit on July 13, in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Melissa Kwon, Research Associate at CAREI, was invited to be a panelist on the Education Panel, speaking about AAPI Issues in Higher Education in the Midwest. Kwon discussed the importance of disaggregating AAPI data, as well as educational access, retention, and leadership development for AAPIs in higher education in the Twin Cities. The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, housed in the US Department of Education, will use what they learned at the Midwest Regional Action Summit to inform policy decisions affecting AAPI students.

YolandaMajors.jpgCultural Community Processes: Resources for Reasoning through Texts

Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences, St. Paul Campus

Join us for an afternoon session of the MCRR Brown Bag Discussion series.
Dr. Yolanda Majors, visiting Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, will present and answer questions.

Majors says, "In this presentation, I present a cultural context view of literacy. I argue that, when leveraged within a classroom, literacy from this perspective can provide an alternative space that structures opportunities for all students to sort through their real life dilemmas as well as work through the academic tasks they are expected to take up. Research that acknowledges students' literate problem-solving and problem posing processes as culturally situated under-scores and challenges the dominant theme in education that either (1) views students' cultural practices (e.g., ways of speaking, communicating, listening, responding) as deficits rather than as resources, and (2) tends to link popular culture practices, such as rap and hip-hop music, to classroom practices without making explicit how and where such links occur."

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