Research Projects

Research & Recent Projects (as of 24 July 2020)

We have multiple projects and a lot of research to share. Check back often for additional information. 
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The Robin Hood Plan: Property Values vs. School Funding in Harris County

Texans continually look to lawmakers to affect change in the state school finance system because the current structure is often portrayed as complex. This paper provides an overview of the Robin Hood plan, explains why a rise in property values does not equate to an increase in school funding, and examines how the current structure impacts Harris County school districts.

Restorative Practices: Changing School Culture One Student at a Time

The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) offers educational services to benefit the school districts in and around Harris County. Restorative practices training is offered by HCDE’s Center for Safe and Secure Schools (CSSS) and focuses on training teachers and school staff in specific practices to enhance relationships with students and ultimately improve school culture. Restorative efforts target school culture, school safety and transformation of the learning environment.

Senate Bill 21 Makes Texas the 16th State to Raise Tobacco Sale Age to 21

Texas Senate Bill 21 prohibits the sale of tobacco and nicotine products including e-cigarettes such as Juuls to anyone under the age of 21.

Restorative Justice: A Brief Overview

Restorative justice is an evidence-based practice used to reduce expulsions, suspensions, and disciplinary referrals. It focuses on righting a wrong committed, repairing harm done, and placing value on restoring relationships (Restorative Practices Working Group, 2014). Schools can apply restorative justice in different ways, such as talking or community circles, youth courts, peer mediation programs, or classroom meetings (Knight & Wadhwa, 2014).

Recovery Schools: A Brief Overview of Promising Practices

The Texas Education Agency’s disciplinary data for Region 4 revealed that in 2015-2016, 4,824 students have faced disciplinary actions for controlled substance/drugs and 436 students for alcohol violations. This document provides research and recommendations for Recovery Schools and promising practices.

Deer Park Fire: Air Quality (Factsheet)

In March 2019, there was a huge chemical fire in Deer Park that burned for four days. This fact sheet summarizes the information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management. For additional information regarding Benzene exposure, contact the CDC Information Center at 1-800-232-4636.

Priorities in Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Teachers who participated in a resilience program for themselves and received training to teach social-emotional skills have shown to help students increase their self-management skills. This document shows the research and how to get started with HCDE Research and Evaluation Institute to plan, implement, and evaluate SEL. In addition, a newer version is available for

Vaping: Our Youth at Risk

This informational flyer is about E-cigs, vapes, vape pens, e-hookahs, mods, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). These are some of the many names of what is formally known as e-cigarettes. They are becoming one of the most commonly used tobacco products among youth.

College and Career Readiness: How Prepared are High School Students for College?

This informational graphic document shows a comparison of Student Ethnicity in Title 1 vs. Non-Title 1 high schools and provides recommendations for success.

How Legislation, School Policy, Prevention Programs Help Fight Teen Nicotine Use

Texas Senate Bill 21 prohibits the sale of tobacco and nicotine products to anyone under age 21, including e-cigarettes such as Juuls. This informational graphic document shows the research, suggested school action plan, and local resources for school districts in Texas.

How School Policy Can Help Fight Teen Nicotine Use

In addition to the above, this informational graphic document shows additional research, suggested school action plan, and local resources for school districts in Texas.

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