Resources

This is a repository of education policy and advocacy resources from America Succeeds, our affiliates, and our partners.

The Case for Social-Emotional Learning

America Succeeds’ latest resource, The Case for Social-Emotional Learning, underscores the value of social-emotional learning not just for students, but teachers, administrators, and businesses.

The growing talent shortage is a top concern for employers, and the problem is expected to worsen in the coming years. Navigating the Age of Agility requires critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, but many entering the workforce today lack these coveted soft skills.

Social-emotional learning addresses the gap. And, as students increasingly face mental health issues and educators address peer pressures in schools, the value of developing SEL competencies continues to grow.

Learn more in our blog or by downloading one of our SEL resources: The Business Case for SEL, Introduction to SEL, or The Case for Social-Emotional Learning eBook.

In Age of Agility: Education Pathways for the Future of Work America Succeeds tells stories and presents data about the seismic shift in the education-to-employment pipeline. Read the report and learn more about how we are working with states across the country to address an uncertain future.
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America Succeeds is a network of non-profit, non-partisan policy and advocacy organizations that engage business leaders as education champions. Together, they represent more than 5.34 million K-12 students and 724 business leaders across seven states, and they are making incredible progress in improving public education. Learn more about our work and our impact in the Annual Report.
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BEST NC’s Education in North Carolina: Facts and Figures, 2019 Edition provides quick an easy access to the data needed to improve public education across the state. Dig deeper into information on students, educators, schools, finance, achievement and more to support your advocacy efforts.
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This report looks at systemic shortcomings and quantifies the impact they have on the workforce pipeline, operating conditions for businesses, and the long-term economic consequence for Colorado. The data is complemented with commentary from CEOs who provide insight on the skills, talent, and educational demands of the workforce, and the tremendous career opportunities available for educated candidates.
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America Succeeds’ research brief, “The Case for Social-Emotional Learning,” summarizes the research of an array of studies examining the outcomes and outlook of social and emotional learning in the current education system. The research shows the effect of social-emotional learning on a spectrum of students ranging from preschool to high school, tracking students through multiple grade levels.
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More than 100 business, community, and education leaders collaborated on the Colorado Roadmap to Work-Based Learning. This active online resource helps to support school and industry work-based learning partnerships so that all Coloradans are aware of, prepared for, and have access to the jobs, careers, and opportunity pathways they want.
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Utilizing the framework of Vision 2030, Colorado Succeeds created the 2019 Field Guide to Education in Colorado. The field guide includes facts about education in Colorado, the economic impact of our current system, and the world of opportunities available if we collectively embrace the innovative techniques that prepare students for the Age of Agility.
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Idaho Business for Education has produced this Field Guide to give you a quick overview of the “state of education” in Idaho and the key data that will support efforts to improve our state’s education system. Idaho faces many challenges if we want to transform the education system to set our students up for success. But, with every challenge comes an opportunity. The Field Guide also points to ways in which we can achieve success.
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This report highlights the key components of Florida’s K-12 education reform strategy and explains why the adoption of the Florida reforms in Colorado would greatly improve schools. Florida’s mixture of parental choice options, academic transparency and accountability, and common sense reforms could radically improve the achievement of all students in Colorado.
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In this report, we chronicle the evolution and enactment of a signature piece of education policy which unveils how money is being spent at every public school. The measure provides unprecedented access to school-level financial data, such as line item budgets and expenditures. By overlaying this new level of financial detail with academic performance data, we can finally see how effectively schools are, or are not, utilizing their available resources.
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Idaho faces an increasing gap between the skills possessed by its students and those needed to succeed in a rapidly changing economy. Recognizing the threat posed by this gap, Idaho Business for Education (IBE) engaged Slalom, an independent consulting firm, to research the current Career and Technical Education (CTE) system in Idaho with the goal of identifying ways Idaho can address this gap, shift gears, and ensure Idaho’s students are ready to succeed.
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Idaho Business for Education (IBE) collaborated with HP to develop and implement a statewide study of Idaho’s education system. The findings reinforced some trends, including how Idahoans want the best education for their children; educators often feel under-valued and discouraged; making sure all students can read should be a priority, and families play a crucial role in their children’s educational success. LEARN MORE >

Improving educator preparation represents an enormous opportunity for improving teacher quality. With better training, teachers can be more effective in their jobs, which, in turn, moves us closer to ensuring every child has access to a great teacher. Our policy toolkit is designed to give you a head start in advocating for a stronger teacher preparation system in your state.
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