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Falling Behind: Teacher Compensation and the Race Against Inflation

September 1, 2023

When we partnered with the Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) at Mississippi State University in 2021 to survey 6,496 teachers across the state about their pathway into the profession, financial well-being, career plans, and policy preferences, we had one mission: help struggling teachers.With about one in five teachers statewide participating, the 2021-2022 Mississippi Teacher Survey became a critical resource for crafting policy recommendations to address Mississippi's critical teacher shortage. Using this insight into Mississippi's educator pipeline, we subsequently released two publications detailing our analyses: Voices of the Shortage and Eyeing the Exit. The first report led to the largest single-year teacher pay raise in our state's history in 2022, while the second provided a deeper look into which teachers are at the highest risk of leaving the classroom.A year after the historic raise, Mississippi continues to see high levels of teacher turnover. We turned back to our reliable tool, surveying teachers, to confirm our hypothesis that record inflation, which reached a peak in 2022, was cutting into the gains promised by the teacher salary increase. With the 2022-2023 Mississippi Teacher Survey, we can confirm that record high inflation has largely negated the impact of the teacher pay raise.

Setting the Stage: Practical Ideas for Implementing High-Quality Afterschool Arts Programs

August 16, 2023

Afterschool programs looking to add high-quality arts learning to their programming might do well to keep three practices in mind: Employ professional teaching artistsProvide current, high-quality equipmentCreate dedicated art spaces that welcome and inspireThese practices are essential to enriching arts experiences that engage young people. They may entail higher costs than what an organization currently spends on arts programs. But these costs may not be vastly different from the costs of sports, STEM, or other programs.And there are ways to keep the costs down.  These are the major findings from research about a Wallace Foundation effort that sought to increase access to high-quality arts education for students from historically marginalized backgrounds.

Grantmakers for Education New Mexico Study Tour: Building the Future for Students in College and Career

August 14, 2023

This past spring, a group of education grantmakers met in New Mexico to tour the the postsecondary pathways programs in the rural Four Corners area. The study tour was arranged by EdFunders' Postsecondary Access and Attainment Impact Group. This report provides information on college and career pathways and highlights the experiences and learnings from the study tour.

Documento de estado del arte sobre metodologías, estrategias o instrumentos de medición de los aspectos en los que se enfocan los proyectos educativos apoyados por la WKKF

August 7, 2023

Este entregable incluye la investigación y el análisis de metodologías, estrategias e instrumentos de evaluación en tres dominios: resultados de aprendizaje, desarrollo socioemocional y pensamiento crítico de niños y adolescentes. Fue diseñado para ser consultado en una plataforma digital interactiva que permite realizar consultas por tipo de herramienta, dominio y/o país, así como por texto o palabra clave, permite la incorporación, edición y eliminación de nuevos archivos, para que pueda actualizarse continuamente.

Documento de estado del arte sobre metodologías, estrategias o instrumentos de medición de los aspectos en los que se enfocan los proyectos educativos apoyados por la WKKF Anexos

August 7, 2023

Este entregable incluye la investigación y el análisis de metodologías, estrategias e instrumentos de evaluación en tres dominios: resultados de aprendizaje, desarrollo socioemocional y pensamiento crítico de niños y adolescentes. Fue diseñado para ser consultado en una plataforma digital interactiva que permite realizar consultas por tipo de herramienta, dominio y/o país, así como por texto o palabra clave, permite la incorporación, edición y eliminación de nuevos archivos, para que pueda actualizarse continuamente.

Genealogy Research at MDAH

July 18, 2023

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History encourages both Mississippi residents and those who live outside of the state to utilize our resources when researching family history. MDAH provides access to death records, marriage records, census records, county records, court cases and records, Dawes Rolls, Enumeration of Educable Children lists, contracts from the Freedman's Bureau, and military records.MDAH wants to assist those looking to trace their family genealogy. With only minimal information, you can discover roots long buried by time, separation, and migration.

Changing the Narrative for Multilingual Learners

July 14, 2023

In 2022, California funders focused on multilingual and early education gathered for a series of learning conversations about how narrative change could positively impact the movement for multilingual education. In the sessions, narrative practitioners, advocates, funders, and evaluators offered these key insights for understanding and supporting narrative change:Narratives, which shape how people see the world and each other, are at the heart of movements for social change.Narrative change is collective work that has more impact when many voices and partners organize themselves around the same narrative.In developing narratives to support multilingual learners, it's essential to engage people with lived experience including students, educators, and families.When partners embrace a unifying narrative, it can align and accelerate work across policy advocacy, organizing, communications, the arts, and other areas.Narrative change is long-term work that requires persistence and multiple strategies to challenge and shift the deep-seated beliefs that uphold injustice.Evaluators have many ways to measure the progress and impact of narrative strategies upon organizations, networks, and in the public dialogue.Funding narrative change requires a different way of thinking than traditional grantmaking focused on discrete projects with short-term outcomes.

Strategic Communication Planning Hub

July 13, 2023

The Strategic Communication Planning Hub by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a free online resource that provides valuable tools and insights for strategic communication planning. It includes guidance on content writing, digital strategies and tactics, message development, communication strategies for change and more. It also features an interactive tool where you can build your own communication plan.

A Culturally Responsive School Leadership Approach to Developing Equity-Centered Principals: Considerations for Principal Pipelines

July 12, 2023

Principals are important. A recent synthesis of two decades of research on school leadership has documented that effective principals can have a positive impact on school climate, teacher satisfaction and retention, and student academic and other outcomes such as attendance and disciplinary behaviors (Grissom, Egalite, & Lindsay, 2021). Earlier research found that adopting a particular district-wide approach to principal development—known as building "a comprehensive, aligned principal pipeline"—was a powerful way to recruit and support a large corps of effective school leaders (Gates et al., 2019). The research about this approach, however, stopped short of fully addressing one of the most pressing issues in American education: educational equity, where all students learn and flourish in a welcoming, caring, and inclusive environment. Equity requires a commitment to fair and just treatment of each student, a willingness to address structural barriers to their success, and the delivery of resources aimed at providing equitable outcomes.

New Jersey Tutoring Corps, Inc. School Year 2022-23 Efficacy Report

July 11, 2023

With funding from the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRC) and the Overdeck Family Foundation (OFF), The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) School of Education launched the New Jersey Tutoring Corps pilot program in summer 2021. The overall purpose of the NJ Tutoring Corps pilot program was to provide tutoring for PK-5 students in New Jersey (NJ) in order to address pandemic-related learning loss.TCNJ's Tutoring Corps pilot program ran in the summer of 2021 and the 2021-22 school year and focused on mathematics, aiming to improve students' confidence in and attitudes toward learning math as well as build their self-esteem and growth mindset. The program partnered with two prominent youth organizations in NJ – Boys and Girls Clubs of NJ (BGC) and the Y Alliance of New Jersey (YMCA) – to implement small group tutoring in under-resourced communities around the state. While at TCNJ, the program also operated in the summer of 2022.

National Call to Action for Summer Learning: How Did States Respond?

July 1, 2023

High-quality, school district-run summer learning programs can increase student achievement and provide other benefits, research has shown. Findings in this report, the second of a planned three from the Westat research organization's National Summer Learning and Enrichment Study, can help build a better understanding of the role state education agencies can play in fostering strong summer learning programs. The report also offers insights into how state summer learning efforts that were launched as a response to the pandemic could have benefits beyond the health crisis.

Fellowships Alumni Network Study: The Role of Networks in Creating Social Impact

June 29, 2023

The Fellowship Alumni Network Study is a collaborative research initiative that brought over 20 partner organizations together to understand how fellowship programs can support their alumni to drive positive social change. Facilitated by IREX and supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the consortium co-designed survey, interview, and focus group templates are designed to facilitate data collection around the following research questions:To what extent do alumni who are part of a fellowship network contribute to changes at different levels of society (e.g., individual, institutions, community, and systems)?How do networks support alumni to contribute to changes at different levels of society?