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Rethinking College: Closing the Graduation Gap

Last week, PBS News Hour ran a weeklong series looking at innovations across the country that help more young people find their way through to a higher education degree or certification. As workforce demands increasingly require advanced education, low-income students are often shut out of opportunities. The reports covered key topics identified in EPIC’s Four…

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Global Citizenship: A Study in Progress

Last month, I traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to conduct a unique, mixed-methods study of metacognitive skills at the International Baccalaureate (IB) World Student Conference. I surveyed global citizenship levels among IB Diploma Programme students from 19 nations who attended the weeklong, project-based learning experience. I conducted two diverse focus groups: one with students representing eight…

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EPIC’s August Newsletter Is Out!

Check out EPIC’s August newsletter (and past issues) on our newsletter page. We discuss how community and partnerships are central to the work that EPIC does, with examples from recent projects on developing CTE course equivalent frameworks, aligning district accountability plans to college and career readiness, and using design-centered events to get teacher and administrator…

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Official Launch of the Epic School Partnerships Network!

On Thursday, August 13, 2015, Epic School Partnerships (ESP) officially launched the ESP Network. In partnership with the Salem-Keizer Public Schools, ESP facilitated a two-day institute with seven high school leadership teams.   During the sessions, the leadership teams worked together to clarify their vision for their schools and to determine how to best implement…

Spokane Public School District AVID Conference

Just got back from Rogers High School in Spokane Public School District, where I had the opportunity to speak with AVID teachers from around the area and copresent on the importance of college and career readiness with Dr. Steven Gering and Melissa Pettey. Spokane Public School District’s T24 efforts to prepare all students to successfully…

Hands-On Science Teaching in Missouri

Program evaluation is always interesting, some days more than others! Right now I’m in Columbia, MO, for the National Science Foundation-funded Quality Elementary Science Teaching (QuEST) Summer Institute 2015. My colleague, Tracy Bousselot, and I are in our second year in attendance at this hands-on gathering of Missouri elementary teachers working to enhance their understanding…

Improve Education Through Arts and Creativity

Ross Anderson, senior lead researcher at EPIC, penned an article for Eugene’s Register-Guard about ArtCore, a new arts education program to be implemented in five Lane County Schools, through a partnership between EPIC, Lane Arts Council, the Springfield Public Schools, and others. This article originally appeared in the Register Guard but has since been archived:…