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School of Education Guest Lecture “Supporting Black and Latino Young Males in High School and Towards College: Lessons from the Study of the Expanded Success Initiative in New York City”

Monday, Dec 11, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Presented by Adriana Villavicencio, PhD, Assistant Professor at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University

Monday, December 11, 2017
11:00-12:15 pm
Education 2024
Open to the public

Abstract: In 2012, New York City launched the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) to increase college and career readiness among Black and Latino male students. At the time, ESI was one of the largest investments in the educational outcomes of Black and Latino males, inspired many of the components of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), and has served as a model for other MBK communities across the country. Over the last five years, I have led a mixed-method, longitudinal study of ESI. In this presentation, I will present synthesized findings across the duration of the initiative based on a combination of (1) over 500 interviews and focus groups with school leaders, teachers, and students in ESI schools; (2) detailed questionnaires and rubrics to assess implementation fidelity and programming; (3) a survey measuring socioemotional outcomes administered to over 5,000 students each year in both ESI and a set of matched comparison schools; and (4) student-level records (e.g., attendance, high school graduation, college enrollment) for students in ESI and comparison schools. In addition to the research findings, I will share efforts to disseminate the lessons learned from this study to other districts, educators, and researchers to ultimately improve schools and outcomes for young men of color.

Bio: Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is Deputy Director at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and Research Assistant Professor at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. In this role, Dr. Villavicencio helps to shape the Research Alliance’s research agenda, leads the organization’s largest mixed-method research efforts, and works to enhance relationships with external partners and key stakeholders. Dr. Villavicencio has conducted several studies focused on policies and practices that contribute to successful schools, including “turnaround” middle schools and the City’s small high schools of choice. She also leads two large scale studies in a research-practice partnership with the NYC Department of Education including an evaluation of the Expanded Success Initiative, which aims to improve college readiness among NYC’s Black and Latino young men, and a study of the Computer Science for All Initiative—an unprecedented investment in CS education.



Monday, Dec 11, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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