The Center for School-Based Youth Development (CSBYD) at UC Santa Barbara has released its 2010 annual report, highlighting the work with at-risk students in schools conducted by five UCSB faculty researchers and eight research partners. CSBYD engages in research that better informs educators how to enhance student engagement and thereby promote their social and academic competence. According to the report, in 2009-10 CSBYD published 35 articles and 10 technical reports, gave 29 conference presentations and 9 public service presentations, acted as peer reviewers for 22 journals in the field, and conducted 15 funded research projects.
The research projects explored a wide-range of issues. For example, several evaluated the implementation in Carpinteria and Santa Maria of an enhanced, coordinated, comprehensive plan of activities, programs, and services to promote healthy childhood development and prevent violence, alcohol, and other drug abuse. Another project evaluated several countywide initiatives designed to promote the well-being and optimal development of children ages 0-5 years. This project went even further and conducted a longitudinal study of school readiness and academic trajectories for students in grades K-3.
“It is gratifying to see how the CSBYD faculty, staff, and students have been able to make so many contributions to educational and psychological science,” Michael Furlong, the director of CSBYD, says. “These efforts would not be possible without the cooperation and partnership of school districts and community agencies. Our combined efforts seek to address the pressing issues of equal educational access fro all students in schools that are safe and nurturing.”
The annual report is on-line at http://web.me.com/michaelfurlong/CSBYD/Main.html
The Center for School-Based Youth Development is a community of researchers – Dr. Michael Furlong, Dr. Erika Felix, Dr. Jill Sharkey, Dr. Erin Dowdy, and Dr. Matt Quirk – devoted to developing a better understanding of the role of student engagement as a protective force in children's lives and that promotes academic, social, emotional, and physical well-being. The Center was formed in 2002 through the Gevirtz Funds for Excellence through the generosity of the Ambassador Don Gevirtz and his wife Marilyn Gevirtz. The core of the CSBYD is in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UCSB’s Gevirtz School.
[CSBYD researchers are available for interviews;
to arrange an interview, contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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