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Jacob on the effects of SEL in schools

May 18, 2023 Hour Detroit
Robin Tepper Jacob, Hour Detroit: “Social-emotional learning involves teaching students about self-awareness, self-management, social skills, and responsible decision-making,” says Robin Tepper Jacob, faculty co-director and founder of the Youth...

Ford School joins Spelman College Research Day, lends support

Apr 25, 2023
In a return to her alma mater, Ford School interim dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes visited Spelman College to elevate the visibility of the Ford School at the nation’s top-ranked Historically Black College  and to strengthen the relationship between the...

Examining Detroit students' college pathways

May 26, 2021
Academic and non-academic barriers are preventing Detroit high school students from enrolling and succeeding in college. Detroit Students’ College Pathways and Outcomes, a policy brief released by the Youth Policy Lab (YPL) at the University of...
State & Hill

Faculty Findings - Spring 2020

May 22, 2020
Robin Jacob on closing early childhood achievement gaps The first five years of a child’s life are considered the most critical for development. But for too many children from low-income households, learning opportunities...

Robin Jacob quoted in NPR story on executive function coaching

Feb 2, 2016
A story on the NPR website, “The Science of Getting Kids Organized,” looks at coaching students to build executive function—categories of skills the brain uses for general organization and judgment. Robin Jacob, who published an overview of studies...

Robin Jacob joins researchers in valuing null results

Jun 4, 2015
In “Null, but Not Void - What can we learn from education initiatives that yield few results?” Miriam Greenberg, director of education and communications at Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research, provides insights from a...

Robin Jacob quoted in Washington Post story

Mar 30, 2015
A story in The Washington Post, “Can volunteers help kids read more proficiently? New research says yes,” includes quotes from Robin Jacob. “Bringing volunteer programs to scale is often quite difficult, so that’s really the exciting thing about the...

Robin Jacob quoted in New York Times story on early literacy

Sep 4, 2014
In an article focusing on how to improve early literacy, The Fix author Tina Rosenberg includes research conducted by Robin Jacob and others on the effectiveness of tutoring to improving early literacy.“If I were a principal, I’d spend my money on...
EPI Speaker Series

The on-going evaluation of a volunteer tutoring program for struggling readers

Sep 29, 2022, 12:00-12:50 pm EDT
1210 Weill Hall
Professor Tepper Jacob's talk will tell the story of an on-going evaluation of the Reading Partners program, a successful one-on-one volunteer tutoring program that serves struggling readers in elementary schools serving students from families with low-income