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We'll be releasing our 2021 Condition of Education Action Guide at a virtual event this Thursday, shining a light on the critical role communities play in our education system. But before we release the report, we want to share this curated selection of research-based resources and tools that connect to this year's topic. We hope the following resources can help schools and communities work together to create a more inclusive and equitable approach to teaching and learning. 
 

Tools & Resources

Communities can play a key role in fostering students' individual strengths and addressing their unique needs by providing services and enrichment opportunities outside of school. The following resources provide guidance on how schools and communities can work together to support students beyond academics.
 
ACCESSING ESSENTIAL SERVICES 
Back-to-School Blueprint
This interactive tool offers strategies to identify student’s strengths and needs, develop family partnerships, connect students with community resources and essential services, and expand learning through enrichment.  
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A SUPPORTIVE SCHOOL FOR EVERY STUDENT
This report looks at how 70 schools in Boston are supporting students through an approach called the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model, which prioritizes social and emotional wellbeing with the same intentionality as reading and math.
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HELPING STUDENTS HEAL FROM TRAUMA
Back-to-School Blueprint
This interactive guide provides strategies for schools and communities to support students suffering from the individual and collective trauma caused by COVID-19, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color and low-income communities.
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Input from the community is essential to serving students equitably. This means listening to and valuing a range of perspectives and expanding leadership opportunities to those most impacted by decision-making. The following resources provide recommendations for seeking input and feedback from students, parents, and community members.
 
STUDENT VOICE: HOW YOUNG PEOPLE CAN SHAPE THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION
Our 2019 Condition of Education Action Guide examines the role students play in shaping our education system, offering recommendations for elevating the voice of students in classrooms, schools, and communities. 
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REBUILDING COMMUNITY
Back-to-School Blueprint
This interactive, online tool offers strategies for teachers and school leaders to work together to create a positive, welcoming environment for every member of the school community amid the challenges of COVID-19.

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BUILDING A TRUSTING & COMMITTED TEAM
This blog post details a crucial step in our guide to sustainable change in education. To make lasting improvements in schools you need to assemble the right team, and that should include members of the community and those who will be most impacted by the work.
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Community members, community-based organizations, and local businesses can all play critical roles in helping young people define and attain a career pathway, including by serving as a network of support as they navigate new experiences. The following resources offer strategies schools and communities can use to help students develop the skills they need to enter the workforce.
 

BRIDGING THE GAP
How Wentworth provides a personalized & local approach to college and career readiness
COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenges students face during the transition from high school to college. This report looks at how Wentworth Institute of Technology is addressing these challenges through a series of learning experiences for incoming freshmen. READ MORE>
CAREER PATHWAYS FOR BOSTON'S OPPORTUNITY YOUTH
This report takes an in-depth look at what career pathways exist for young people who are not currently employed or in school.  We held a series of focus groups with Boston youth to gain insight into the educational experiences and career opportunities available across the city.
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POSTSECONDARY READINESS
Back-to-School Blueprint
This interactive, online tool provides strategies for educators and school leaders to support students with career exploration, college preparation, and civic readiness, during and after COVID-19.  
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EARLY COLLEGE BLUEPRINT
A Guide to Getting Started with Early College in MA
This hands-on guide is meant to help high school and college partners design and implement effective Early College programs. It explores research-based best practices and lessons learned from Early College programs across the state and nation. 
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Register Now: Condition of Education
Thursday, January 28 | 11:00 AM

Join us on Thursday for a virtual discussion on the future of our education system. This includes a panel discussion with all three state education commissioners—Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley, Early Education and Care Commissioner Samantha Aigner-Treworgy, and Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago—moderated by Meghan Irons of the Boston Globe. You'll also hear from Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser on the state of learning in this unprecedented time.

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