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IHELP supports practitioners' efforts to help students succeed.

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IHELP provides research-based analyses to help state policymakers.



IHELP conducts evaluations of community colleges' applied curricular pathways.

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IHELP analyzes new instructional technologies.

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Message from our New Executive Director Andrea Venezia

It is an honor to become the Executive Director of IHELP. As our nation’s schools and colleges focus on supporting student success post-high school, this is a time of great experimentation within all of our public educational institutions. Never before have our schools and postsecondary institutions both faced such scrutiny. This focus has led to a great deal of intensive reform efforts.  From the implementation of the Common Core State Standards to the development of structured curricular pathways within both high schools and colleges, this is a time of great policy and practice “swirl.” Amidst all the reform efforts, K-12 and postsecondary are collaborating more than ever before, and IHELP is poised to help those efforts. IHELP is well-positioned to continue its long-standing higher education policy work, while also branching out into other areas, including conducting applied research on high school reforms efforts, providing technical assistance, and doing evaluations of both programs and of systemic reforms efforts. This expanded scope of work will draw on the strength of our staff to provide research-based support and analyses for both practitioners and policymakers and on a group of senior consultants to augment our in-house staffing. Our focus will remain on postsecondary and career readiness and success for traditionally underserved students. If you have questions about our current projects and future plans, please do not hesitate to contact me.

New Publications

Social Policy Report: Common Core Development and Substance
This new brief published by the Society for Research in Child Development uses research and literature to provide an overview of the Common Core Standards, including its development and implementation, its relationship to college and career readiness and its effects on educational practice. On pages 16-17 of the brief, Andrea Venezia provided a commentary entitled, "Tracking Common Core Implementation in California," in which she discusses key challenges of implementation for grades 9-14 and provides an overview of some of California's work in this area.
Innovations Designed for Deeper Learning in Higher Education
This new report written by Andrea Venezia examines technology-enabled innovations at seven postsecondary institutions in the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) Building Blocks for College Completion grant program. Using the Hewlett Foundation’s definition of Deeper Learning as a reference point, this report analyzes the innovations and approaches of the grantees in promoting Deeper Learning and student engagement in higher education. The grantees adopted various innovations including supplementing existing courses, supporting the adoption of blended learning and complete course redesign. The brief's findings indicate that students need support to transition to the more active role in their own learning that Deeper Learning demands and that faculty need support, training, and time to create, implement, and sustain the technology-enabled reforms.

The Road to College and Career: Driving Classroom Learning Through Applied Technology

In this Next Generation Learning Challenges blog, Jodi Lewis addresses the hope of technology-enabled practices to improve college and career readiness, the challenges associated with these strategies, and the evidence we need to know whether they're helping students drive their own learning.

Next Gen Tools: EAA's Buzz

This brief written by Jodi Lewis for Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) features the digital learning management system that enables personalized, blended learning at Education Achievement Authority of Michigan schools. The platform provides students access to individualized, online curriculum and assessments that allow them to progress at their own pace, and provides teachers access to data that can inform instruction.

Next Gen Tools: Education Achievement Authority of Michigan Professional Development

This brief focuses on the blended, mastery-based professional development course developed by the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan for teachers in its student-centered learning schools. An artifact includes screenshots of the teacher dashboard and professional development playlist that guides the professional learning experience in the Buzz learning platform.

Next Gen Tools: Pre-Service Teacher Learning Collaborative

This brief examines the pre-service teacher development collaboration between Piedmont Middle School and Jacksonville State University. In order to create a pool of new teachers experienced in blended learning and other other technology-enabled teaching strategies, the partnership increased pre-service learning time and developed co-teaching courses for JSU’s student teachers.