The Child Trends education program area strives to identify, evaluate, and inform the educational policies, programs, and structures that create positive conditions for learning, thereby helping youth of all backgrounds flourish throughout their education and beyond. We approach our work via the understanding that schools, colleges, and universities are critical contexts for the promotion of children and youth’s social, emotional, physical, and academic well-being. We rigorously evaluate the impact and implementation of policies and programs in schools, and work closely with school and district leaders, policymakers, and other education stakeholders to build their capacity to address students’ needs and improve school climate. The Child Trends team includes subject matter experts on school climate; school health; school discipline; school safety; bullying; chronic absenteeism; integrated student supports; social and emotional learning; college and workforce readiness; post-secondary education; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and more.
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