Research & Reports

Education Equals Partnership Progress Report

The Education Equals Partnership is excited to share our first progress report, celebrating highlights of our work and sharing our vision moving forward. Read the full report and the executive summary.

Adverse Child Experiences Study

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study is a decade-long and ongoing collaboration between
 Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Preventive
Medicine in San Diego and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • The study was designed to assess childhood exposure to multiple types of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and types of serious household dysfunction such as substance abuse. Findings from the study suggest that problems such as addiction frequently have their origins in the traumatic experiences of childhood. Learn more.

Assessment and Development of Non-Cognitive Skills

  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough. In this book, Tough examines the set of skills believed to be critical to success, including persistence, curiosity, grit, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. Learn more.

Appreciative Advising – Student-Centered Education Planning- Positive Environment

  • Appreciative Advising is the intentional collaborative practice of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials. Learn more.
  • Explore a new toolkit aimed to help educators better understand what restorative practices are and how they foster safe learning environments through community building and constructive conflict resolution. Learn more.

Credit Recovery

College Access

  • AB 194 in Action A Review of Implementation of Priority Registration for Foster Youth at California’s Public Post‐Secondary Institutions. Learn more.

Early Childhood Brain Development

Reports on Education Outcomes for Students from Foster Care



Trauma-Informed Practices Research

The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s (TLPI) mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school. To accomplish this mission, TLPI engages in a host of advocacy strategies.

  • TLPI focuses first on learning from some of the most vulnerable families and their children about what students need. The organization works directly in schools to learn what is required to address the students’ needs, then brings what is learn together with up-to-date research to produce publications.
  • The Flexible Framework is an organizational tool that enables schools and districts—in collaboration with families, local community organizations, and outside providers—to maintain a whole school focus as they create trauma sensitive schools. The framework was first introduced in Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Volume 1, with a process for becoming a trauma sensitive school outlined in Volume 2.  Learn more.
  • See a presentation from child development expert Dr. Bruce Perry on the trauma-informed practice.