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Playbook for Redesigning Schools for the 21st Century

Playbook: Redesigning Schools For a Changing Future

Practical guidance on how to initiate, plan, implement, and manage a school redesign process, guiding readers through the process of developing a clear and coherent vision for change and then designing and managing the change process.

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Practical guidance on how to initiate, plan, implement, and manage a school redesign process, guiding readers through the process of developing a clear and coherent vision for change and then designing and managing the change process.
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City Afterschool System Framework

FourPoint has developed a City Afterschool System Framework to help cities that are building—or considering building—city afterschool systems. The one-page framework is free to use and can be adapted by local communities to meet their needs.

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FourPoint has developed a City Afterschool System Framework to help cities that are building—or considering building—city afterschool systems. The one-page framework is free to use and can be adapted by local communities to meet their needs.
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FourPoint Leadership: The Necessary Bridge Between Policy and Educational Equity

In a paper for The George Washington University's Graduate School of Education, Scott Joftus lays out FourPoint's model of leadership, which emphasizes a clear theory of action, effective use of the principal supervisor role, capacity building through coaching, and performance management.

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In a paper for The George Washington University's Graduate School of Education, Scott Joftus lays out FourPoint's model of leadership, which emphasizes a clear theory of action, effective use of the principal supervisor role, capacity building through coaching, and performance management.
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City Strategies to Engage Older Youth in Afterschool Strategies: Strategy Guide

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This FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) guide, produced in partnership with the National League of Cities, describes four strategies that municipal leaders can employ to promote high-quality out-of-school time opportunities for middle and high school youth.
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In this report, funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation, FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) explores the many ways that programs are using resources to support more comprehensive approaches to learning. The report focuses on funding that connects in-school and out-of-school learning and creating community networks to tap and connect a wider set of resources.
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Financing Expanded Learning Time in Schools

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FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) along with the National Center for Time and Learning, collected and analyzed finance data from five different models of expanded learning to understand and unpack the realities, both financial and technical, of implementing a longer school day.
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Funding Summer Learning Programs: A Scan of Public Funding in Maryland

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In partnership with the National Summer Learning Association, FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) developed and tested a methodology for collecting and analyzing data that provides information to state and local policymakers on public investments in summer programs. The methodology was tested in four local jurisdictions in Maryland and can be replicated in other locales.
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Investments in Summer Learning Programs: A Scan of Resources for Summer Programming in California, 2008

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In partnership with the National Summer Learning Association, FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) collected and analyzed data in five cities in California to inform the work of the state legislature and Summer and Intersession Enrichment Task Force as they considered additional investments in summer programs.
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Investments in Summer Learning Programs: A Scan of Resources for Summer Programming in Indianapolis and Marion County, 2008

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FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) provided support to a local funder collaborative in Marion County (Indianapolis metro area) to better understand the magnitude and nature of investments in summer learning.
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Minority Students in Special and Gifted Education

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Special education and gifted and talented programs were designed for children whose educational needs are not well met in regular classrooms. These programs have had disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic minority students. This book, co-edited by Chris Cross, considers possible contributors to this disparity.
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Promoting a Comprehensive Approach to Educational Opportunity: A Pilot Inventory of Education-Related Federal Programs for Children and Youth

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In this report, FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) presents a rationale for adopting a more comprehensive, whole-child approach to education reform; describes how an inventory of federal programs can support this effort; and presents findings from a pilot inventory of education-related federal programs for children and youth.
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Strengthening Partnerships and Building Public Will for Out-of-School Time Programs: A Strategy Guide

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In partnership with the National League of Cities, FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) developed this guide to help mayors create strong partnerships that build public will and increase investments in for out-of-school time programs.
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FourPoint has developed a Sustainability Self-Assessment to help cities that are building—or considering building—city afterschool systems. The assessment is free to use and can be adapted by local communities to meet their needs.
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United Way Worldwide Education Research Overview

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FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) created a framework and provided research and technical support for this Research Overview for United Way Worldwide. The report demonstrates the research base for investments from early childhood through college and workforce preparation to guide investments and field-building for local United Ways across the county.
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Using Expanded Learning to Support Reforms

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This FourPoint (previously Cross & Joftus) paper was originally published as part of a volume of commissioned papers titled “Enhancing School Reform Through Expanded Learning” that was distributed at the National Press Club on January 12, 2009. It provides information and insights into the ways that states, cities, and districts are using their resources to expand learning in support of a wide variety of reform approaches.
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