- Center on Instruction has a collection of scientifically based research and information on K-12 instruction in reading, math, science, special education, and English language learning, with topic-based materials, syntheses of recent research, and exemplars of best practices in each of the above areas.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning (CASEL) works to advance the science and evidence-based practice of social and emotional learning (SEL) through books, articles, and briefs that synthesize scientific advances in SEL and explain their implications for practice. The website has information about selecting programs, audio and video segments showing SEL being taught in the classroom, and SEL activities. Another section focuses on implementation and research supporting the need for and effectiveness of SEL.
- Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Student Benefits: Implications for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Core Elements reports a strong positive impact of social and emotional learning (SEL) instruction on student academic achievement. In addition to significantly improving a broad range of student health and behavioral outcomes, SEL improves students’ school performance as well.
- A Consumer’s Guide to Evaluating a Core Reading Program Grades K-3: A Critical Elements Analysis The selection and adoption of an effective, research-based core reading program in the primary grades is a critical step in the development of an effective school-wide reading initiative. The investment in identifying a core program that aligns with research and fits the needs of learners in a school will reap long-term benefits for children's reading acquisition and development. This document provides information and guidance in evaluating a core reading program.
Florida Center for Reading Research
- Principals’ reading walkthrough checklists are available for grades K-5.
- A series of reports is intended to be a source of information about reading programs that will help teachers, principals, and district personnel in their choice of materials that can be used by skilled teachers to provide effective instruction. In addition to describing programs and their use, these reports provide information on the extent to which their content, organization, and instructional strategies are consistent with scientifically based research in reading.
Positive Behavior Supports
- The National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports was established to address the behavioral and discipline systems needed for successful learning and social development of students. The Center provides capacity-building information and technical support about behavioral systems to assist states and districts in the design of effective schools. The website describes the district and school-wide systems necessary for implementing positive behavioral supports.
- SERC Positive Behavior Supports: The goal of the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) initiative is to provide educators and families with quality professional development to enhance their efforts in providing and sustaining a comprehensive continuum of behavior support. The goal of professional development is to build the capacity for school-based teams to support appropriate behavior at the school-wide, classroom, and individual level and to build districts' capacity for district-wide implementation.
- Search Institute has conducted research for several decades to discover what children and adolescents need to become caring, healthy, and responsible adults. Grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention, the 40 Developmental Assets represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive. Students with more assets are more likely to succeed academically and less likely to engage in risky behaviors. A section of the website provides resources for educators.
- Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts (VGC), College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin emphasizes scientifically based research and instruction and is dedicated to improving reading and mathematics instruction for all students, especially struggling readers, English language learners, and special education students. The website contains professional development guides on a variety of literacy topics for elementary and secondary levels.
- USDOE: Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported By Rigorous Evidence: A User Friendly Guide - The field of K-12 education contains a vast array of educational interventions - such as reading and math curricula, schoolwide reform programs, after-school programs, and new educational technologies - that claim to be able to improve educational outcomes and, in many cases, to be supported by evidence. This guide seeks to provide educational practitioners with user-friendly tools to distinguish practices supported by rigorous evidence from those that are not.