It Takes More than a Superhero: Promoting Youth Thriving through Webs of Support
Jonathan F. Zaff, Founding Director of the CERES Institute for Children & Youth, spoke about how all young people have the potential to thrive in school and throughout their lives to an audience at Wellesley College. Watch how he presents theory and research in arguing that young people need a constellation of relationships (a ‘web of support’) to nurture, encourage, and otherwise support their educational, vocational, and civic pathways.
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The latest research from CERES Institute, released in February 2022, shares the lived experiences of high school students as they navigated a drastically altered world during the 2020–2021 school year.
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.
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.
CERES Institute and the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) are partnering on a mixed methods research study to develop a deeper understanding of general educators’ experiences teaching students with learning and attention issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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 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.