MERC Publications

 
Publications from the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium(MERC), housed in the VCU School of Education.

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Submissions from 2023

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Economic Evaluation of Teacher Induction Programs: A Report, Jonathan D. Becker, Elisa Tedona, and Matthew Togna

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Economic Evaluation of Teacher Induction Programs: A Toolkit How-to Guide, Jonathan D. Becker, Elisa Tedona, and Matthew Togna

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The Landscape of Advanced Coursework Participation: Understanding Disparities and Intersectionality, Chin-Chih Chen, Chris Parthemos, David Naff, Erica Ross, Virginia Palencia, Beth Fowler, Andrea Herndon, and Beverly Fludd-Flanagan

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Administrator Feedback to Teachers, Regina Frazier, Candace Wilkerson, Jacquie Cioffi, Patrick Simmons, Makeba Lindsay D'Abreu, Thea Racelis, Amanda Simmons, Melissa Yancey, Deanna Fierro, and David B. Naff

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Emerging Issues and Innovations in Public PK-12 Education: Implications for Strategic Planning, David B. Naff, Lisa Gwyn, Fred Gatty, Tara Willging, Marzia Farhana, Jill Flynn, Cammie Justus-Smith, Jean Samuel, Alexander Campbell, Ciana Cross, Jamie Nervil, and Michael L. Schad

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Understanding the Implications of Work Based Learning for Students PK-12 School Systems Institutions of Higher Education and Hosting Organizations, David Naff, Amy Corning, Meleah Ellison, Albion Sumrell, Zehra Sahin Ilkorkor, Jennifer Murphy, and Ciana Cross

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Strategies for Addressing Chronic Absenteeism in the Post-Pandemic Era, David Naff, Fatemah A. Khawaji, Morgan Meadowes, Kim Dupre, Zehra Sahin Ilkorkor, Jill Flynn, Jean Samuel, Christina Tillery, and Meg Sheriff

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School Division Policies Related to Suicide Prevention and Response, David Naff, Fatemah A. Khawaji, Morgan Meadowes, Jill Flynn, Meg Sheriff, Lauren Powell, Lisa Gwyn, Tameka Burroughs, and Jean Samuel

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Addressing School Bullying Since the Onset of COVID-19: A MERC Research and Policy Brief, David Naff, Morgan Meadowes, Kim Dupre, Alicia Gaston, Fatemah A. Khawaji, Christina Tillery, Makeba Lindsay D'Abreu, Lauren Powell, and Deanna Fierro

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Adolescent THC Usage in Virginia: Post-Legalization Challenges and Strategies for Schools, David Naff, Meg Sheriff, Jill Flynn, Marzia Farhana, Kris Herakovich-Curtis, Gerron Scott, Fred Gatty, Priyadarshini Pattath, Diane Williams, Kiana Bradford, Reena Desai, Lauren Powell, and Lisa Gwyn

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Balancing the Benefits and Risks of AI Large Language Models in K12 Public Schools, Jesse Senechal, Eric Ekholm, Samaher Aljudaibi, Mary Strawderman, and Chris Parthemos

Submissions from 2022

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Teacher Retention Policy Coherence: An Analysis of Policies and Practices Across Federal, State, and Division Levels, Andrene Castro, Adria Hoffman, Jonathan D. Becker, David Naff, Peter S. Willis, and Andy Kane

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Policy and Practice Brief 8: Teacher Training and Endorsement Requirements to Teach English Learners in Virginia, Virginia R. Massaro, Virginia Palencia, and MERC Multilingual Education Research and Evaluation Team

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Who Takes Dual Enrollment Classes? A Research Brief, David Naff

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Teaching Writing to Middle School Students with Disabilities: A MERC Research Brief, David Naff, Jennifer Askue-Collins, and Julie S. Dauksys

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Cell Phones and Schools: A MERC Research Brief, Jesse Senechal

Submissions from 2021

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The School Principal and Teacher Retention, Jonathan D. Becker and Lauren Grob

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Will They Stay or Will They Go? Analysis of the 2019 DOE Working Conditions Survey, Jonathan D. Becker, Valerie Robnolt, Kasey Dye, and Erica Ross

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Analyzing Advanced Placement (AP): Making the Nation's Most Prominent College Preparatory Program More Equitable, David Naff, Mitchell Parry, Tomika Ferguson, Virginia Palencia, Jenna Lenhardt, Elisa Tedona, Antionette Stroter, Theodore Stripling, Zoey Lu, and Elizabeth Baber

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Digital Equity in the Time of COVID: Student Use of Technology for Equitable Outcomes, Joy Washington, Andrea Woodard, Jonathan D. Becker, Joan A. Rhodes, Andrew Harris, Oscar Keyes, and David B. Naff

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Policy and Practice Brief 6: Considerations for Using ACCESS Test Scores in Decision-Making, Carolyn N. Waters and MERC English Learner Research & Evaluation Team, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Policy and Practice Brief 7: Special Considerations for ACCESS Testing During COVID-19, Carolyn N. Waters and MERC English Learner Research & Evaluation Team, Virginia Commonwealth University

Submissions from 2020

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Digital Equity in the time of COVID-19: The Access Issue, Jonathan D. Becker, Joy Washington, David Naff, Andrea Woodard, and Joan A. Rhodes

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Policy and Practice Brief 1: Virginia Is Not an English-Only Instruction State, Melissa J. Cuba

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Policy and Practice Brief 2: English Learners Are a Priority During COVID-19, Melissa J. Cuba