Sara Stoutland


Program, Policy, and Research Expertise in
Education, Families and Urban Communities. 

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There are many paths youth may follow to become caring, contributing, creative adults. How can families and schools support youth in their journeys--and get beyond 'just go to a good college'?

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Areas of Expertise, with Selected Past Projects:


College and Career Success
  • Coordinated pilot high school-to-college transition program for Mass Bay Community College to prepare students for college math.
  • Researched, using mixed methods, the college experiences of Boston Public School graduates (Boston Foundation).
  • Founded "Science Solstice" a day for middle students to explore science and technology careers by visiting a working science lab or facility. 
  • Taught first year college courses with large percentage of first generation students (University of Minnesota).
  • Evaluated Steps to Success, a college access and success program for public housing residents (Brookline, MA).
Family Engagement and Leadership
  • Parent leader with the Public Schools of Brookline to promote community between families and teachers. 
  • Developed a five session family engagement curriculum for staff and parent leaders in schools with diverse student populations.
  • Published ethnographic study on how women living in subsidized community-based housing balanced raising children and paid work with advocating for better conditions in their neighborhood. 
Youth Safety and Violence
  • Qualitative research project on youth and  parents trust in police in Boston’s low-income neighborhoods. (Harvard Law).
  • Writer for School Safety and Security report for Governor's task force    Synthesized task force discussion and relevant literature to develop a framework and guide for school leaders, staff and parents. 
  • Developed conceptual but practical frameworks for community development in urban neighborhood. (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard). 
Closing Academic Achievement Gaps
  • Leader in efforts to improve the educational experiences for all students in the public school of Brookline, MA.
  • Implemented a professional development initiative,the Tripod Project in high schools aimed at raising academic achievement, with a focus on students of color (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University).

                                                                                            

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