Faculty members Natasha Bowen and Joelle Powers were invited to present on their project in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district at the Triangle Donors Forum on March 24, 2010.
“Education in the Triangle: New Ways of Learning” was sponsored by the Strowd Roses Foundation of Chapel Hill. The forum included a presentation by Eric Schwarz, CEO and founder of Citizen Schools, and a discussion with audience members moderated by Ann Dellinger, president of Wake Education Partnership.
Bowen and Powers are directing a three-year longitudinal study at four North Carolina elementary schools. They are looking at how experiences in neighborhoods, schools, families and with friends affect learning, and how to help schools develop interventions to improve student achievement.
The information is collected from students, parents and teachers using an assessment called the Elementary School Success Profile (ESSP), created by Bowen.