Thursday Notes -- September 17, 2009
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Sen. Harkin to Chair Senate HELP Committee

Sen. Tom Harkin (Iowa) has become the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. He replaces Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (Mass.), who passed away in August.

OVAE to Investigate Ways to Support Teacher Quality

OVAE announced this month that it will invest nearly $1.9 million in a Supporting Teacher Quality Across Content Areas in Adult Education project. The new effort will expand state and local adult education providers' capacity to understand and apply evidence-based instructional practices that promote adult learning. The project will create professional development materials to support evidence-based instruction. Next year technical assistance will be offered to up to 12 states to assist in the field-testing and dissemination of these resources.

HHS Seeking Partners for Research On Innovation

Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency (ISIS), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is seeking organizations operating innovative programs to join a national effort to increase employment and self-sufficiency among low-income families. Up to nine partners will serve as ISIS sites to assess the impact of specific intervention strategies and participate in research on program implementation and benefit-cost analysis. ISIS will study innovative programs focusing on skill-building strategies and engaging adults in work and training, as well as approaches in these areas for hard-to employ adults and operating innovative programs. ISIS wants to partner with organizations such as state and local governments, non-profit or for-profit service providers, community colleges, welfare offices, and Workforce Investment offices. For further information about how to apply, email the ISIS project.

Can Support Services Boost Student Transition?

A new MDRC study, More Guidance, Better Results?: Three-Year Effects of an Enhanced Student Services Program at Two Community Colleges, suggests students may face fewer difficulties and make more academic progress if they have better access to—or more adequate—student services. Low-income students at Ohio's Lorain County Community College and Owens Community College received enhanced counseling and advising services and were eligible to receive a modest stipend for two semesters. This program improved academic outcomes during the second semester and continued to have a positive effect on registration rates in the semester that followed. It did not have any meaningful effects on academic outcomes in subsequent semesters.

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