Our Initiatives 

The Ceres Institute for Children and Youth
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

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.

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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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CERES Institute Voices

Episode One – Re-engaging & Reconnecting With Students – COVID Strategies & Challenges

Episode Seven – Hopes & Fears

Welcome to Episode Seven of Re-engaging & Re-connecting With Students: A conversation with researchers and administrators on successes in the face of adversity. This web series, co-presented by CERES Institute and Graduation Alliance, will share the perspective of...

Episode One – Re-engaging & Reconnecting With Students – COVID Strategies & Challenges

Episode Six – Legislation & Federal Funds

Welcome to Episode Six of Re-engaging & Re-connecting With Students: A conversation with researchers and administrators on successes in the face of adversity. This web series, co-presented by CERES Institute and Graduation Alliance, will share the perspective of...

Episode One – Re-engaging & Reconnecting With Students – COVID Strategies & Challenges

Episode Five – Equity & Programs

Welcome to Episode Five of Re-engaging & Re-connecting With Students: A conversation with researchers and administrators on successes in the face of adversity. This web series, co-presented by CERES Institute and Graduation Alliance, will share the perspective of...

Episode One – Re-engaging & Reconnecting With Students – COVID Strategies & Challenges

Episode Three – Meeting the Diverse Needs of Students & Families

Welcome to Episode Three of Re-engaging & Re-connecting With Students: A conversation with researchers and administrators on successes in the face of adversity. This web series, co-presented by CERES Institute and Graduation Alliance, will share the perspective of...

Episode One – Re-engaging & Reconnecting With Students – COVID Strategies & Challenges

Episode Two – Disengagement & Connection

Welcome to Episode Two of Re-engaging & Re-connecting With Students: A conversation with researchers and administrators on successes in the face of adversity. This web series, co-presented by CERES Institute and Graduation Alliance, will share the perspective of...

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.