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Bridge Event Webinar
Schools Beating the Odds: Implications for Research and Practice
December 7, 2016


Low academic achievement is a key factor leading students to drop out of high school. Yet “Beating the Odds” schools demonstrate better academic outcomes for students at risk of not graduating when compared with schools that serve similar populations. During this webinar, a team of panelists present current research—including a Puerto Rico Research Alliance for Dropout Prevention study—on odds-beating schools in three REL Northeast & Islands jurisdictions: New York, Maine, and Puerto Rico. They discuss appropriate methodologies for identifying schools and analyzing outcomes, as well as the implications of the research for policy and practice. Participants explore how the presented research may apply within their own contexts in a moderated Q&A session.


  • Kristen Wilcox, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Kathryn Schiller, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Erika Stump, PhD, Research Associate, Maine Education Policy Research Institute, University of Southern Maine; REL Northeast & Islands Governing Board
  • Yinmei Wan, PhD, Senior Researcher, REL Northeast & Islands; American Institutes for Research


  • Sandra Espada-Santos, Facilitator, Puerto Rico Research Alliance for Dropout Prevention, REL Northeast & Islands
  • Coby Meyers, PhD, Chief of Research, Partnership for Leaders in Education; Associate Professor of Education, University of Virginia

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