Employment & Training

The Transition to Adulthood: How States Can Support Older Youth in Foster Care

This report highlights effective strategies and promising approaches aimed at improving outcomes for youth as they age out of the foster care system. The report, published by the National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices, touches briefly on comparative outcomes for foster youth and youth in the general population, possible reasons for the differing outcomes, and state strategies to improve prospects for youth in the transition to adulthood.

Starting Fast: The First Annual Progress Report to Mayor Nutter

In November 2008, Mayor Nutter appointed the Council for College and Career Success and charged its members to work with him to achieve his ambitious education improvement goals for the City. This report documents and summarizes the Council's major accomplishments during its first year of work.

Special Needs Resource Directory

The Special Needs Resource Directory, created by the Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, is a comprehensive accumulation of resources for families of CYSHCN.  Parents, caregivers and health care providers can find local, regional and national web site links to:        * Locate information on specific disabilities      * Identify strategies to help you advocate for your child      * Develop community connections for ongoing support      * Overcome barriers to access health care resources  

Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Students

This guide provides information for anyone who helps youth from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth to secure financial aid for postsecondary education or training programs. It describes how to respond to new FAFSA questions 55-60 that will determine federal financial aid status for these students. A section on sensitive communications is also included.

Peacing it Together: The Mosaic Project's Musical Curriculum & Accompanying Activities

The Mosaic Project's Musical Curriculum supports students (K-6) in developing the social and emotional competencies that are key to their success in the classroom and beyond. The musical curriculum and accompanying experiential activities teach students vital skills about conflict resolution, social justice, community, diversity, interconnectedness, and peacemaking.

Sexual Minority Students

Sampling of concerns facing sexual minority students and staff, including: violence, homophobia and prejudice, social and psychological issues, suicide and health, coming out. Also included are programs for supporting sexual minority students and enhancing school policy. 

School Engagement, Disengagement, Learning Supports, & School Climate

Student engagement involves not only engaging and maintaining engagement, but also re-engaging those who have disconnected from classroom instruction. For school personnel to do all this effectively, they must broaden their understanding of motivation, especially intrinsic mitivation, and the complex relationship between extrinsics and intrinsics.   Our Center continuously stresses the importance of a focus on motivation, especially intrinsic motivation, in all facets of our work.

School Dropout Prevention: A Public Health Role for Primary Health Care Providers

As the true dropout figures emerge across the nation, the crisis nature of the problem is apparent. Recent reports indicate that more than half a million young people drop out of high school each year, and the rate at which they drop out has remained about the same for the last 30 years (Dynarski, et al., 2008). The data confirm that in far too many school districts a majority of students do not have sufficient supports to enable them to succeed at school and will not graduate.

Project U-Turn

Project U-Turn is a partnership-led campaign to raise awareness of, and develop strategies to address, the City's dropout crisis. It is designed to enhance the career prospects of struggling students and out-of-school youth by expanding the availability of high-quality education and training options.

Rain Brings Frogs- A Little Book of Hope

Rain Brings Frogs - A Little Book of HOPE  is a children's book with message of hope, kindness, tolerance, appreciation & generosity.  This book is geared toward Pre-school to age 8 and  compliments current anti-bullying campaigns. Early education is important in prevention of bullying and this simple book serves as a spring board for discussion of kindness and inclusion and tolerance. Thank you for your consideration.  www.maryanncoccaleffler.com  (603) 672-8991. I would be happy to send copies for your review.