In 2017, the Barr Foundation launched Engage New England (ENE), an initiative that provides a unique opportunity for local education agencies to plan for and develop innovative schools designed to serve students off track to high school graduation.
SRI Education, the research partner for the ENE initiative, captured the cohort 1 grantees’ learnings during their launch year through interviews of school leaders, school staff members, and external partners; student focus groups; classroom observations; staff surveys; and student surveys.
This brief presents the lessons learned and common themes across the grantees, as well as implications for planning and implementation that may be useful for subsequent cohorts of ENE grantees as they prepare to launch their programs or schools.
- Study of the Engage New England initiative cross-site learning brief 2: Learnings from the Cohort 1 launch year (PDF)
Cassidy, L., Caspary, K., Mehrotra, S., Mercier, B., Park, Y., Warner, M., Yee, K., Adelman, N. (2019) Study of the Engage New England initiative cross-site learning brief 2: Learnings from the Cohort 1 launch year. SRI International.