Research Overview

In rigorous evaluation studies, our programs have been shown to improve students’ academic achievement, strengthen their pro-social inclinations and skills, and reduce their involvement in problem behaviors including drug and alcohol use. Accordingly, these programs have been recognized as exemplary by, among others, the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Character Education Partnership, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. To date, our programs have been adopted in a highly diverse range of over 4,000 schools and 5,000 after-school sites nationally, including Title I schools serving low-income and minority youth—thereby demonstrating their feasibility and efficacy.

Formative evaluation is key to the creation of all of our programs. Initially, these programs are developed with extensive feedback from panels of teachers who pilot program lessons in their own classrooms. The lessons are revised based on feedback and on classroom observations by our program developers. The revised lessons are then field-tested by entire faculties in a diverse set of schools, and are again revised before final publication. Our after-school programs are developed using a similar process.

Through questionnaires, surveys, interviews, and/or focus groups, the Center for the Collaborative Classroom conducts ongoing evaluations of our staff development offerings and selected program implementation efforts. We also collaborate with third-party evaluators to conduct comprehensive outcome evaluations of our programs that assess the programs’ effects on students’ academic achievement and social/ethical growth. These evaluations have shown that when well implemented, our programs have powerful positive effects on students, including strengthening their motivation to learn, promoting their academic achievement, and fostering their growth as caring and principled human beings.

For an overview of our research results, download a Summary of Evidence of Effectiveness of All Programs.

Papers by staff researchers have been published in leading educational journals. Read our Articles and Papers.

To find research by program, select from the following program lists:

In School After School
Being a Writer AfterSchool KidzLit
Caring School Community AfterSchool KidzMath
Guided Spelling AfterSchool KidzScience
Individualized Daily Reading Math Explorer
Making Meaning Science Explorer
Number Power