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Using the Web of Support Framework

Using the Web of Support Framework

A web of support represents all of the relationships and resources in a young person’s life, and how they all fit together. Learn how a Web of Support framework can be used to support young people you work with and care about.

Parents Need Webs of Support, Too

Parents Need Webs of Support, Too

CERES Institute Director Jonathan Zaff reflects on our recent study, Choices & Challenges, and how it illuminates that Webs of Support are essential for adults, too.

Releasing Choices and Challenges

Releasing Choices and Challenges

Today we release Choices and Challenges, our latest research that sheds light on the perspectives of Florida parents eligible for two specific statewide scholarship programs that serve students with disabilities: the McKay and Gardiner scholarships. 

Centering Young People Is the Through-Line of Our Work

Centering Young People Is the Through-Line of Our Work

Director Jonathan Zaff explains how he is brought to CERES Institute for Children & Youth by the recognition that too often communities, especially historically marginalized and disenfranchised communities, have been “worked on” and not worked with.

Sitting At The Intersection of Research, Policy & Practice

Sitting At The Intersection of Research, Policy & Practice

Managing Director Marissa Cole shares how the best policies are informed and affirmed by research, and the deep experience and expertise that comes from individuals and communities. Her work at CERES Institute for Children & Youth is an opportunity to bring those together.

Disrupting Our Narratives About Young People

Disrupting Our Narratives About Young People

Associate Director Shannon Varga, Ph.D. explains how she wants to disrupt the dominant narrative we have around adolescence in this country as she works with CERES Institute for Children & Youth.

Our initiatives

Relationship-Focused Schools Initiative

Relationship-Focused Schools Initiative

In partnership with MENTOR (the National Mentoring Partnership), CERES Institute is working with a set of school districts on how they can develop a “relationships strategy” for their schools. CERES Institute will serve as a research and evaluation partner for MENTOR during this three-year initiative.

Choices and Challenges

Choices and Challenges

In Florida, thanks to a robust school choice environment, parents of students with disabilities have access to several educational options through two specific statewide scholarship programs. To shed light on how parents utilize these scholarships, a team of researchers from CERES Institute for Children and Youth, in partnership with the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, share findings from a mixed-methods study, conducted between fall 2020 to spring 2021, as well as implications for policy and practice.

Debate-Inspired Classrooms Learning Plan

Debate-Inspired Classrooms Learning Plan

How can Debate-Inspired Classrooms better engage students as leaders in their own learning? The CERES Institute for Children & Youth is partnering with the Boston Debate League and Boston Public Schools’ Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School to answer this question and more.

Evaluation of the Department of Youth Services’ YES Initiative

Evaluation of the Department of Youth Services’ YES Initiative

The CERES Institute for Children & Youth is examining how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Youth Services’ Youth Engaged in Services Initiative – the YES Initiative – provides voluntary individualized supports to youth involved with the juvenile justice system and the impact of the YES Initiative on youth recidivism rates.

The Center for Promise

The Center for Promise

The Center for Promise is the applied research institute of America’s Promise Alliance, housed at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Its mission is to develop a deep understanding of the conditions necessary for young people in the United States to succeed in school and life.