CASDA Research Briefs

CASDA Research Briefs offer concise distillations of educational research drawn from our work in the field and peer-reviewed publications. They aim to provide the practitioner with clear, focused material that will help serve the needs of students. 

For the past 69 years, CASDA’s mission has been to bring the latest research to practice in the field of education throughout the region. In more recent years, through technical assistance contract work with school districts, CASDA has accumulated a wealth of practical knowledge on a variety of topics important to supporting school districts to meet the needs of all students. Through these Research Briefs CASDA presents to the practitioner common findings and questions for consideration. Our hope is practitioners will find the information helpful, engaging and user-friendly.


What Does Parent Empowerment Look Like? 

Parents, families and community members can be powerful drivers of school improvement, but many districts struggle to meaningfully empower these essential stakeholders. This research brief offers a close reading of a case study that highlights how equitable, sustainable partnerships between districts, families and communities can serve as catalysts for meaningful progress.


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Recent Research Highlights Promise of Student Empowerment

This CASDA Research Brief explores recent studies that aim to identify and measure characteristics of schools that empower students. Their findings suggest that empowerment can be facilitated by rethinking traditional power dynamics, fostering equitable student-teacher relationships and building a strong sense of community. Empowering school environments exhibiting these traits have the potential to support positive academic and social outcomes for all students.

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Considerations for Student Graduation Support Systems

Districts convening teams of educators, community partners, students and other stakeholders to identify students who may be exhibiting signs of alterable risk factors (Freeman, Simonsen 2015) and assign interventions must consider a number of factors to ensure that the components of their system are responsive, student centered and equitable. This resource guide encourages educators to consider the importance of universal preventative supports, careful selection and analysis of data, and drawing upon the perspectives and experience of individuals the system failed to support.  

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Research and Resources for Equitable and Safe Schools

It is critical that we discuss the role of schools in preventing violence. This piece aims to provide complementary research and resources that explicitly address the school setting and align to the four levels identified by the CDC’s model.

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Communication Challenges and Their Impact on Special Education

Since 2010, CASDA faculty members have conducted special education program reviews for school districts
throughout the state. This report is a brief outline of common challenges identified in these reviews. Its
purpose is to provide a reference for district and building leaders as they assess the effectiveness of their
special education programs.

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