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White Papers

In partnership with Bridging Richmond, MERC published a series of white papers designed to inform local conversations about critical issues in the cradle to career pipeline. These papers can also be found on VCU Scholars Compass.

Capturing the Social/Emotional World of Students

Capturing the Social/Emotional World of Students by David Naff, M.A. and Jesse Senechal, Ph.D. (October 2015) This report emerges out of a regional interest and need in establishing shared measures that can be used within regional conversations to gu...

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Using Social Emotional Data for School Improvement

Using Social Emotional Data for School Improvement: A Case Study of Goochland County's Use of the Gallup Student Poll by: David Naff, M.A. and Jesse Senechal, Ph.D. (September 2015) This case study presents a profile of a school division, Goochland...

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Rethinking School Improvement Report

Despite the heated debates that have surrounded K-12 school reform over the past several decades, there is a relatively consistent understanding across a wide range of stakeholders about the fundamental nature of the problem. Whether expressed by...

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Middle Grades Math: Assessing the Debate Over the When and How of Algebra

Within discussions of K-12 math, the middle grades are framed as a critical period of transition between the foundational concepts presented in elementary math classes and the more abstract upper-level math classes that are traditionally associated...

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Middle Level Learning: Compendium of Research and Best Practice

This was a project evaluated by MERC and a report published by MERC for Bridging Richmond. This paper is designed to serve as a resource for practitioners, administrators, policy makers, and community members from the Richmond area who are interested...

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