The Broader Bolder Approach to Education is a national campaign that acknowledges the impact of social and economic disadvantage on schools and students and proposes evidence-based policies to improve schools and remedy conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.

Read the BBA Mission Statement and Accountability Statement to learn more. Use the BBA short video and infographic to spread the word.

Access the 2013 BBA report, Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement, here. And access our April 2013 report, Market-Oriented Reforms' Rhetoric Trumps Reality, and executive summary, here.

Following up on Rhetoric Trumps Reality, BBA offers an evidence-based exploration of lack of gains in DCPS under Rhee-Henderson reforms and questions to ask when 2014 "proficiency" numbers are released.

Check out the first in a year-long series of BBA podcasts that use interviews, stories, and data to establish the evidence base need for a comprehensive approach to education and programs and policies to advance that approach.

  • Quality early childhood education prepares children for kindergarten and establishes a strong, rich foundation for later development and learning.

  • Health and nutrition supports ensure that children come to school immunized, well fed, and without toothaches or acute asthma attacks that prevent them from focusing and learning.

    After- and summer-school enrichment provides space to do and help with homework, adult support and mentoring, and the academic, cultural, and recreational activities that are needed to develop creative thinkers, informed voters, and civic leaders.

  • Accountability systems support and enhance good teaching and leadership and offer effective ways of identifying excellent teachers to mentor peers and weak teachers who should switch jobs.

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BBA's Research Base

The BBA Bibliography provides synopses of seminal research works that demonstrate how living in poverty impedes educational attainment and the efficacy of a broader, bolder approach to education.

Without the resources to support children or a strategy to protect children from the harmful effects of dangerous and even toxic conditions in their communities, schools can be overwhelmed.

From A broader and bolder approach uses education to break the cycle of poverty by Pedro Noguera

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News Feature

  • October 1, 2014: Huffington Post

    Pre-K's Potential as Part of a Comprehensive Pro-Children Strategy

    By Timothy Bartik and Elaine Weiss

    Both state governments and the federal government need to step up our investments in high-quality pre-K. As they do so, looking to Boston can help demonstrate the wisdom of investing in teacher training and curriculum support, and in ensuring access for all children. It can also demonstrate why the most effective pre-K programs will be part of a comprehensive strategy for America's children.


Noncognitive Skills Merit More Attention in Education Policy Debates

Whether we call them “soft,” “behavioral,” or “life skills,” such traits as perseverance, the ability to work well with others, and effective communication are key not only to success in school, but to a productive life, including contributing meaningfully to community and society. Both research and common sense make this clear. What is less clear is exactly which changes in education policies and school practices can better support the development of these skills, and how we should measure, assess, and reward them in the school context. Join EPI and BBA to discuss these timely issues Tuesday morning, December 2.

Become a Signatory

In addition to the high-profile original signatories, many of whom helped to draft BBA's mission statement, hundreds of people from across the country who agree with BBA’s mission continue to sign on. Join them!

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