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What's New for May 2021

The WWC Summarizes the Research on University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) (May 12, 2021)
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviewed the research on the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP). UCSMP is a core curriculum designed to teach students mathematics concepts, applications, and skills using an inquiry-based approach with a focus on active learning.

The WWC Summarizes the Research on Science Teachers Learning through Lesson Analysis (STeLLA®) (May 11, 2021)
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviewed the research on Science Teachers Learning through Lesson Analysis (STeLLA®). STeLLA ® is a professional development program that aims to improve students' science achievement by improving elementary teachers' science content knowledge and instruction.

The Impact of Career and Technical Education on Postsecondary Outcomes in Nebraska and South Dakota (May 11, 2021)
A new REL Central study describes the impact of being a career and technical education concentrator in high school on students' rates of on-time graduation and their rates of postsecondary education enrollment and completion within two and five years of their expected high school graduation year.

Outcomes for Early Career Teachers Prepared through a Pilot Residency Program in Louisiana (May 10, 2021)
Louisiana's Believe and Prepare pilot program aimed to provide teacher candidates or in-service teachers with a competency-based curriculum and a residency with a mentor. This REL Southwest study examined the certification, employment, and retention outcomes for the three cohorts of teacher candidates who participated in the pilot program between 2014/15 and 2016/17.

New WWC Study Reviews Examine Interventions Designed to Improve School Environments  (May 4, 2021)
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviewed three studies on interventions designed to improve school environments: (1) Pittsburgh Public Schools SaferSanerSchoolsTM Whole-School Change restorative disciplinary practices program; (2) Houston's Arts Access Initiative that seeks to increase students' access to the arts, and (3) New York City Department of Education's Community Schools Initiative to improve student outcomes by mitigating the social consequences of poverty.