Understanding Educators’ Experiences Supporting Students with Learning and Attention Issues During Covid-19

By the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development CERES Institute for Children and Youth

The CERES Institute and the National Center for Learning Disabilities 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.

In order to gain deep insights into the educator experience, the CERES Institute team is fielding a national survey to a demographically and geographically diverse sample of educators twice in early 2021. The surveys will be complemented by a set focus groups with educators in which the educators can provide deeper insights into their experiences and also share their reactions to the analysis of the surveys. The findings from the project would be used to inform policymakers, advocates, and school administrators on ways to support general educators in their teaching of students with learning or attention issues.

Current 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.

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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.

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Debate-Inspired Classrooms Learning Plan

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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.

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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.

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