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Research Roundup Dec 1,2014

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on December 01, 2014

Bringing Education to African Girls   New York Times

Ms. Cotton was award the World Innovation Summit Education Prize for her role as founder of Camfed, an organization that has helped millions of young girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Through direct sponsorship to young women’s education, Camfed works to ensur girls remain in school. “Besides financially supporting students, the organization trains teachers, mentors and community activists. It has also created a 25,000-member network of Camfed graduates who use their own experiences to teach and advise their communities, something the organization calls a “virtuous cycle.”

 

What It Takes to Fix American Education The Daily Beast

“We’re spending way too much time focusing on who is ‘winning’ and ‘losing’ debates over education, and not enough on implementing proven solutions.” Jonah Edelman writes how education reform is not a quick fix, but a process that involves many long term changes. He believes students, teachers, and parents should all have a voice in the discussion. 

 

Sacramento City Schools Focus on Emotional Learning The Sacramento Bee

The school district of Sacramento is adding social learning to their curriculum for all grade levels. A teacher says, “The aim, is to move students toward responsible decision-making and making ethical and constructive choices about themselves and their social behavior.” Another questions, “It’s about what kind of future generation we are creating within our current set of students and what kind of world do we want to model for them? Social and emotional learning is at the heart of education. It has got to be. Otherwise we’re lost.”

 

IU Partnership Helps High School Students Learn Art of Film-making, Produce Movies The Republic

Susanne Schwibs, an experimental film professor at IU and Noel Koontz, a film literature teacher at academy decided to bring their classes together through service learning. “"When (IU students) learn and try to teach techniques to the high school students, they get a deeper understanding of what they themselves are doing," Schwibs said."Film-making is collaborative," Koontz said. He continues, "bringing the learners together helps to mimic the film-making process, and it gives his class a chance to try different kinds of techniques to create a narrative hands-on.”

 

Education policy lags behind research findings Boston Globe

There is new development in literature on how children develop skills that are crucial to academic and life-long success, and the development of the brain. The NIH study of a Chicago preschool program found that by age 24, children who participated in the program had lower rates of depression, violent crime and incarceration, and were more likely to attend four-year colleges and to have health insurance than children who did not participate in the preschool program. Learning requires that children be able to pay attention, be patient, persist, persevere, face their mistakes, and remain focused when frustrated. Each of these skills is rooted in the ability of children to understand, control and manage their own emotions.

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By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on November 14, 2014

School 'climate' affects teachers' expectations about students Z News 

The school environment in which teachers work affects their expectations about students, says a new study.The research conducted a multilevel analysis using data from 2,666 teachers in 71 secondary schools in Quebec. “From these data, the researchers could distinguish between two levels of variables -- the teacher: His/her perception of school climate, gender, age, courses taught; and the school: its academic, socio-economic, ethnic composition, and the way the entire school community perceived the school climate.”

 

Classroom Tech, Professional Development Top List of Faculty Concerns Campus Technology

This article discusses the changing role of social media in education.  “While technology is very helpful for student engagement and motivation, where it really shines is in providing professional development and opportunities for teachers to collaborate with colleagues. And social media is turning out to be a powerful tool for those purposes.” Sites proving to be most valuable are twitter, facebook, and google+ for conferences. 

 

Harding Elementary School teacher prepares students for high-tech future The Republic

A tech-savvy Ben Feight integrates technology into his 4th grade lessons. He says, “While assignments might feel more like entertainment, they align with Iowa Core 21st Century Skills like employability, financial, health, civic and technology literacy. He continues, "I want to make sure they are prepared for the world and show them the possibilities.”

 

BROADER MEASURES OF SUCCESS: SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING York University

Broader Measures highlights the importance of teaching and measuring social emotional learning. The general positive outcomes include improved academic achievement, increased social-emotional skill, self-esteem and mental health. The report states, “The evidence is clear that it is very important to measure how students are progressing in the development of their core social/emotional competencies, and how classroom and school conditions are contributing to this vital aspect of their education. This is not just a vital aspect of their wellbeing, but a critical factor in their long-term academic attainment as well.”

Advisory

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on October 16, 2014

Advisory should be a time when students and teachers have the opportunity to connect. How do we make this time meaningful so it really does contribute to schools being more positive and supportive? Whether you are fortunate to have an entire class period for advisory or feel you’re scrambling to set aside a decent amount of time to connect with students, we’ve gathered 3 topics that have been especially well-received in the field.

We hope these spark some interest and inspire you to try something new...

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Research Roundup, September 17

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on September 17, 2014

Do students learn more when their teachers work well together? Washington Post

Student achievement may be connected to the quality of relationships among teachers. “A number of studies suggest that good things happen for students in schools where teachers work together routinely,” the blog states, which highlights work from organizational behavior scholars Carrie Leana and Frits K. Pil from University of Pittsburgh. Students who have disadvantages of lower achievement due to socioeconomic status may be able to offset their chances if they have teachers of high social capital.

Preschool Program Focuses on the Brain KVNF

“Focused Kids” is a program that helps preschoolers focus and calm their minds so they are ready to learn. The young students tend to come from lower income and broken families, so even at the age of five, they can learn to take “charge of their own brain.” The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning in Chicago have studies that have found that “developing kids’ social and emotional skills is critical to being a good student, citizen and worker. And, it can prevent or reduce risky behaviors.” Focused Kids utilizes the SEL model as their foundation.

One to Grow On/Releasing the Will to Learn Educational Leadership-ASCD

How can educators motivate students to learn? Student success requires motivation, but barriers to this are parental support, lack of time, and lack of resources (Education Week Research Center, 2014). The “Three Concentric Circles” are the areas discussed in this ASCD piece that affect student motivation: The Personal Sphere, The Social Sphere, and The Academic Sphere. Read about the concerns of students and how teachers can respond to them.

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Research Roundup, February 7

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 07, 2014

Report reveals special education graduation rate gap Dothan Eagle

U.S. Department of Education data shows that for 2011-2012, the state had an overall graduation rate of 75 percent, while special education students had a graduation rate of 54 percent – a 21-point achievement gap. However, this was a large improvement from the previous year, where the overall graduation rate was 72 percent and the graduation rate for special education students was 30 percent.


Local Educators Weigh In on Longer School Day and Year Barista Kids

Dr. Concetta Donvito, director of the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal in the Center of Pedagogy, which focuses on promoting the renewal of schools and educating educators, said the quality of teaching and the material taught to students are more important than number of hours spent in class and referred to a 2012 report on expanded school learning.


Single-Sex Education Does Not Improve Girls' Self-Esteem, Math Achievement: STUDY The Huffington Post

Study results released this week by the American Psychological Association found that students do not perform better in math, science or verbal subjects when they attend single-sex schools, or single-sex classes within coeducational schools. The research, which analyzed 55 years worth of data, refutes theories that adolescent girls thrive when separated from boys, and that boys perform better when they have a curriculum specifically tailored to them.


Diverse Group of Funders Strive to Improve Children's Health & Learning by Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning into Classroom Instruction PR Newswire

"Too many people view social and emotional learning (SEL) as an add-on to be taught when time allows for it," said Developmental Studies Center President Frank Snyder. "But, research has shown that when SEL is fully integrated into academic instruction, schools see improved educational outcomes and more conducive environments for critical thinking and collaboration.


This Research Roundup was compiled by Chanelle Spencer, Research Fellow at NSCC

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