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reduce the opportunity gap

Understanding the many factors that affect a child’s ability to learn is crucial to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to succeed.

For example, our research has demonstrated that early intervention with homeless students dramatically improves reading ability, flexible thinking, self-control and memory. The PRESS program is working with struggling readers in six Minneapolis schools to ensure that every student can read by the end of third grade, and looking to expand our findings to other schools. Check & Connect, a mentor-based program, increases the engagement and completion rates of marginal students.

CEHD’s research and outreach in literacy, early childhood education, and teacher preparation uniquely positions the College as a leader in the effort to close the opportunity gap.

Stories from those who are Improving Lives

Large-Scale and Effective Early Childhood Programs Increase College Graduation Rates

Much of my interest in studying the effects of early childhood learning and family programs comes from the desire to see how they link to school readiness, achievement and broader […]
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Four Tips for Setting Effective Educational Goals

As a former special education teacher, I found that setting educational goals for students was an effective way for them to achieve realistic objectives. By breaking down a specific goal […]
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Respecting the Past, Preparing for the Future: American Indian Youth Education

Much of my work has been focused on figuring out how best to help students transition from high school to postsecondary education and careers. The past 20+ years of that […]
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Measured Success
José Palma, CEHD doctoral student

José Palma, a doctoral student in quantitative measurement, is interested in the "developmental assets" children need to succeed in school. He’s working on an assessment for very young children whose first language is not English, a tool that can determine which of their mistakes are due to limited English and which are due to learning disabilities.

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