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Impacts of the Aim High Summer Learning Program on Student Engagement & Achievement

Using administrative data from SFUSD that is linked to participation data from Aim High, we report on whether program participation influences chronic absenteeism, suspension from school, state test scores, and more.

The Way We Do School: A New Book from Harvard Education Press 

A new title by Milbrey McLaughlin, Kendra Fehrer, and Jacob Leos-Urbel offers an in-depth profile of the nation's most ambitious community school intiative. 

Stanford Researchers Usher in a New Era for California's Invisible Schools

In September, an independent task force convened by the John W. Gardner Center delivered to state regulators its final report on an expansive new accountability system designed specifically for alternative programs.

Our Team

Our interdisciplinary team includes students, researchers, faculty, and more.


Interdisciplinary Team

John W. Gardner (1912-2002)

"John  W. Gardner’s work and his vision were always about equality, justice, and the promise of human potential. He saw what so many people see as society’s insoluble problems as breathtaking opportunities. His vision for young people’s role in communities will live on through the work of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities."

-Milbrey McLaughlin
Founding Faculty Director


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Credit: John W. Gardner Papers (SCO908)