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Dear Colleagues,
Here’s a quick summary of goings-on at FutureEd this summer:
Attendance Playbook: Today we are releasing our latest publication, Attendance Playbook: Smart Solutions for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism, a collection of nearly two dozen proven strategies for improving student attendance, especially among the 16 percent of the nation’s students who are chronically absent. Written in partnership with the nonprofit Attendance Works, the report explains each intervention, summarizes supporting research, and highlights schools or districts that have used the strategy successfully. 

Debate Bingo: With the latest Democratic presidential debate taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ve created debate bingo to help you track the candidates’ mentions of grizzly bears and DREAMers. Download cards here. Be sure to tweet when a candidate lands on one of your squares. The hashtag is #DebateEdBingo. And let us know when you hit bingo. We’re at @FutureEdGU.

TALIS Event: FutureEd and Paris-based OECD recently released OECD’s latest Teaching and Learning International Survey at a Washington event that included a spirited panel discussion on the future of the U.S. teaching profession. View the video here.

Teacher Mindsets: InsideSEL interviewed Craig Wacker and Lynn Olson, the authors of our recent report on how teacher mindsets influence student success.  In the wake of the report, Wacker wrote pieces on how teacher mindsets play out in advanced placement classes and in STEM fields on college campuses

Sound and Fury: On our blogChiefs for Change CEO Mike Magee made the case for a greater focus on high school students in the Congressional reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act. Karen Baroody, managing director of Education Resource Strategies, profiled a Washington State school district that has cracked the code on recruiting a more diverse teaching workforce. Georgetown University’s Harry Holzer and AIR’s Zeyu Xu proposed ways for community college leaders to improve student success rates and what federal and state policymakers can do to help. And FutureEd Editorial Director Phyllis Jordan explored a little-noticed federal proposal to redefine poverty—and what it means for schools and students.

You can read all of our work, as well as the latest leadership changes in the education sector and upcoming education events, at
Best wishes,
Thomas Toch
Director, FutureEd
McCourt School of Public Policy
Georgetown University
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