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    Win-Win Solutions for Syrian Refugees—and Their Hosts

    Dec 13, 2018

    Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan have generously received the majority of Syrian refugees. Many are working, but their sheer numbers have strained local labor markets, public services, and social harmony. Which policies might help create new economic opportunities for both the refugees and host-nation workers?

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    How Much Influence Do Teachers Have? It Depends on Whom You Ask

    Dec 13, 2018

    Are teachers involved in making important decisions in their schools? A nationally representative survey shows that principals are more likely than teachers to say yes. These perception gaps signal a disconnect that may lead to professional stagnation and frustration.

  • Report

    How to Establish and Sustain Effective Summer Learning Programs

    Dec 4, 2018

    High-quality summer learning programs improve the academic, social, and emotional outcomes of low-income students, but several components are needed to make a program successful. New guidance on best practices can help districts and their community partners implement and operate effective summer programs.

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    Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools

    Nov 15, 2018

    Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, or CBITS, helps students who have experienced significant trauma. The program focuses on decreasing symptoms related to trauma exposure, managing stress and anxiety, and building peer and caregiver support.

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    Appalachia Partnership Helps Both Workers and Employers in a Changing Market

    Aug 30, 2018

    An innovative program in Appalachia is realigning the skills of the workforce with the needs of employers, getting people back on the job and providing a 21st-century model of workforce development.

  • Research Brief

    Many Americans Follow Nontraditional Paths to Retirement

    Jul 30, 2018

    Most U.S. seniors follow nonstandard retirement pathways, such as first transitioning to working part time, leaving and then reentering the workforce, or working past age 70, and cognitive ability and personality can be a predictor of retirement path.

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