Working To Enhance The Quality Of Life
In Baltimore And In Maryland.

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Abell Brief: Spring/Summer 2017

Abell Brief Spring/Summer 2017

Working To Enhance The Quality Of
Life in Baltimore And In Maryland





Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment programs offer high school students the chance to enroll in college courses and earn transferable college credit while they are still pursuing a high school diploma.  Yet in 2015, only 11% of 12th graders in Maryland—and only 2% of 12th graders in Baltimore City—were dually enrolled. Why aren't more students—particularly low-income students of color—taking advantage of this opportunity? In this Abell Report, Dr. Gail Sunderman, Director of the Maryland Equity Project at the University of Maryland College of Education, examines the implementation of dual enrollment in four Maryland school districts and finds that the current law does not go far enough to create equitable opportunities for all students. Learn more here.


Prison Education

Research shows that well-designed prison education programs have the potential to reduce recidivism, create safer communities, and provide financial benefits. In this report, Professors Peter Leone and Pam Wruble examine the current landscape of correctional education in Maryland, current barriers to opportunity, and best practices from across the country. They offer recommendations for improving prison education in Maryland by attracting and retaining high-quality teachers; improving instruction and access to technology; providing meaningful incentives for inmates to learn new skills, earn certifications, and become more literate, and expanding opportunities for partnership and engagement. Read their report here.



Juvenile Crime and the Heat of the Moment

Violence is an urgent problem in Baltimore City. Youth who engage in violent crime put not only their health and their futures at risk, but they risk the well-being of their family, their friends, and their community. What can be done to help these young people?  The winners of the 2017 Abell Award in Urban Policy propose an intervention rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that has been proven effective in helping young people learn to make different decisions in the "heat of the moment."  As implemented in select Chicago schools and the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, the program has reduced juvenile arrests and recidivism rates, while improving graduation rates. Read the winning paper here



We are proud to share our 2016 Annual Report here.



Rodent Control in the City of Baltimore: An Urban Problem

A recent article in Governing highlights the rising threat of rodents in aging Mid-Atlantic cities. Unfortunately, this isn’t a new issue in Baltimore.  Over twenty years ago, the Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA)—with support from the Abell Foundation—sponsored a Rodent Control Research Project to better understand the threats caused by rodent-infestation and what could be done to ameliorate them.  That effort, spearheaded by then-director of the Bureau of Solid Waste Ken Strong in 1996, set forth a series of recommendations for destroying the rats that plagued our city.

Discover what we thought then, and what we could do well to remember now, in this piece from the Abell Archive.