CSOS wins major federal grant for secondary skills success

The Johns Hopkins Center for Social Organization of Schools has been awarded a multi-year Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant for Refining and Expanding the Effective Use of 4S: An Evidence-Based Program to Increase Adolescents’ Ability to Self-Manage their School Success.

This project seeks to organize evidence-based practices that integrate social, emotional, and academic development in secondary schools into a scalable Skills for Secondary School Success (4S) learning experiences that will better prepare eighth-graders to navigate the transition from middle to high school and increase students’ capacity to self-manage their school and life success.

Robert Balfanz is the principal investigator, joined by Douglas Mac Iver, Marcia Davis, Martha Mac Iver, and Richard Lofton as the senior leadership team for the project.

The federal EIR program provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations.

The EIR program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. The EIR is established under section 4611 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).