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Evaluation of the Engage New England Initiative

Through its evaluation of the Engage New England initiative, SRI is helping the Barr Foundation and the broader education community better understand how to design and implement innovative schools for students who are off track to graduate high school.

SRI’s evaluation of the Barr Foundation’s multiyear initiative will inform the field about effective ways to reengage students at-risk of dropping out and prepare them for life after high school. SRI is examining the planning, implementation, and sustainability of innovative high schools designed with and for students who are off-track to graduate. Predicated on positive youth development, these schools are intended to provide students with choice, voice, and flexibility in their learning. The study provides formative feedback to the foundation, the technical assistance provider, and the schools to support continuous improvement. It will ultimately assess whether these innovative strategies are helping students to graduate with the competencies they need to succeed in a changing workforce.

Co-Principal Investigator: Miya Warner
Co-Principal Investigator: Kyra Caspary

Related Publications

Designing Schools with and for Students: Lessons Learned from the Engage New England Initiative

Cross-Site Learning Brief 1: Learnings from the Cohort 1 Planning Process