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How effective are school-based anxiety prevention programs?

Findings from our review suggest anxiety prevention programs are likely to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms on average, but the effect is small.

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Our Mission

To provide K-12 education and policy leaders in the United States with relevant, accessible, valid, and reliable information about the latest research so they can implement evidence-informed practices and policies that promote the physical, mental, and social well-being of students, schools, and communities.

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The HEDCO Institute for Evidence-Based Educational Practice aims to impact future generations by supporting today’s educators.

Dedicated to strengthening connections between research and practice in K-12 education, the HEDCO Institute for Evidence-Based Educational Practice aims to impact future generations by supporting today’s educators. Part of the University of Oregon’s College of Education, the institute provides K-12 education leaders in the United States with relevant, accessible, and reliable information about the latest research so they can implement evidence-informed practices and policies.

A team of researchers and educators

“The HEDCO Institute aims to provide the public with timely, trusted information about best practices for promoting healthy students and schools. Our work is made possible by the stellar team of educators, communicators, and researchers who partner with us to support evidence-informed educational practice.” 

- Dr. Emily Tanner-Smith, Executive Director

Meet Our Team

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A legacy of education

The HEDCO Institute is proud to be part of the College of Education at the University of Oregon, which has a decades-long record of national and international research and development in special education, counseling psychology, educational leadership, and school psychology. The College of Education has a highly influential research culture, because our faculty have a long tradition of translating research into effective models, methods, and measures that improve lives.

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Latest Ask HEDCO blogs  

In order to understand the effects of exiting EL status holistically, our team of researchers from the University of Oregon and WestEd examined findings from these reclassification studies using meta-analysis.
Even as the proportion of EL students continues to increase, data show persistent disparities in academic achievement and educational opportunities between EL students and their non-EL peers.

This tool will help you explore the research studies in the literature and how their findings may be relevant to your school community and the students you support.