Unit of analysis
One member of our group advocates towards having the educational experience of the child as the primary unit of analysis. Clearly understanding all of the multiple competing forces on a child's education would be an ideal.
Efforts of interest will include school-based efforts, but also learning interactions in extended learning programs, homes, and neighborhoods.
The Network would allow users to share successful everyday interactions (e.g., an example of a successful motivational conversation between a teacher and student), and examples as large as a "program" serving many youth in a school or city.
A more likely goal is to attempt to normalize the introduction of a specific worked example in many cases and across multiple demographics to truly compare a method's value in application.
[**DO WE STILL BELIEVE THIS? LANGUAGE IS FROM ORIGINAL FORD DOCUMENT] Rather than focusing only on supporting people to share "programs" that "work," the Network would focus on helping the public to understand, discuss, debate, and improve the full range of everyday interactions that contribute to young people’s educational outcomes -- interactions between parents and children, educators and children, social service providers and children, young people and peers, families and educators, parents and district administrators, community activists and legislators, and other combinations of stakeholders whose actions contribute to young people’s educational pathways.]]
LIFTED THIS TOO FROM FORD. Unlike MacArthur's platform, which is designed to share out very "worked" examples, the Network will also support users to distill core ideas and approaches from research or practice that people have found particularly useful for improving young people’s educational pathways. These syntheses might contain hyperlinks linking the viewer to full research works and programs, but the point of each synthesis will be to distill one core concept or approach for public use.