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RAND Education has applied its expertise to almost every aspect of the education system for more than three decades. Our staff includes more than 70 experts from a wide range of disciplines. Our research sponsors include government agencies, foundations, and private-sector organizations.

  • Parenting


    Germs Go Back to School, Too: Five Ways to Protect Your Kids

    Aug 25, 2014

    With kids working and playing in close contact and sharing supplies and equipment, schools can be hotbeds for infection. Each year, K-12 students miss about 60 million school days due to colds and the flu combined. But these five approaches can help reduce their chance of spreading infections and getting sick.

  • Immigrants and Emigrants


    With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

    Jul 14, 2014

    Between 70,000 and 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end. Lost in an intensifying debate over U.S. immigration policy is the possibility that this wave will spill from shelters to schools. To best respond to this reality, policymakers and educators should consider what research says about educating migrant children.

  • Childhood Trauma


    Treatment Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools

    Jun 16, 2014

    In partnership with UCLA, USC, and the Los Angeles School District, RAND researchers are providing information, national training, and technical assistance to schools on the delivery of evidence-based strategies to support students exposed to violence or trauma. This resource provides online training and implementation support for trauma-focused interventions that can make a difference.

  • Preschool


    Innovative Preschool Academy Project

    Jun 13, 2014

    RAND is helping bring evidence-based practice into Hopkins House's Innovative Preschool Academy (IPA), an early childhood education center located in Northern Virginia.

  • Educational Equity


    Narrowing the Income Achievement Gap

    Jun 12, 2014

    The achievement gap between children from the highest- and lowest-income families has substantially grown since 1960. The income achievement gap is now about twice the size of the black-white achievement gap.

  • Postsecondary Education Programs


    Four Approaches to Improve Higher Education in India Through Policies

    Jun 12, 2014

    In India, university enrolment has grown from 10 to 23 million from 2000 to 2013, and so has interest in improving access and quality. A review of research on higher-education policies on affirmative action, financial aid, private education, and vocational education identifies gaps in research on improving access and quality.

  • Educational Technology


    RAND Convenes Experts to Examine Role of Technology in Early Childhood Education

    Jun 4, 2014

    The forum focused on several key issues underlying successful integration of technology into early childhood settings, including the goals that should be established for technology use, the infrastructure that is needed to support it, and the facilitating roles of teachers and parents.

  • Principals


    RAND New Leaders Evaluation

    May 13, 2014

    The RAND New Leaders Evaluation examines implementation of the New Leaders principal preparation program from 2006 through 2013. The New Leaders approach involves rigorous recruitment and preparation of principals, ongoing support and community networks, and the commitment of partners to promote effective school and district conditions.