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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.

Research Roundup, May 28

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Research: School trips improve weaker pupils' writing TES News

School trips to the zoo, local caves and castles have helped children struggling with writing to dramatically improve their written work, a report suggests. Pupils who went on memorable day trips followed by sessions writing about their experiences made nine months more progress than would be expected over a year, according to results published by the Education Endowment Foundation

Gangs in schools lead to more sexual harassment, according to study

A study co-authored by a University of Kansas professor shows that gang presence in schools is not only disruptive to a safe learning environment, it could also lead to more frequent and more aggressive incidents of sexual harassment.

Think not do: how reflection improves test scores Desert News National Edition

Harvard Business School released research this week that found a lesson deliberately coupled with time to reflect on what was just learned is more effective than rote practice. Researchers explain that “reflection” in this sense means, “taking time after a lesson to synthesize, abstract, or articulate the important points.”

All Hands on Deck: How Expanded Learning Time and Community Partners Can Benefit Students Center For American Progress

Significantly lengthening the school day is a promising strategy to close achievement and opportunity gaps…community partners can enhance the offerings in schools that lengthen the day. When the two form authentic partnerships based on a school’s goals, student needs, and constant evaluation of student data, expanded learning time schools and community partners can develop a promising all-hands-on-deck approach to student learning.

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

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Research Roundup, April 25

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University of South Australia research reveals secret to making our children behave in the classroom Herald Sun

Engagement of kids in the classroom is a more effective way to fix bad behavior than treating it directly as an issue, research in South Australian schools shows. University of South Australia researchers used a group of SA schools, across public and independent sectors and year levels, as case studies. They found those with leaders who focused on student engagement were better able to handle poor behavior.

Social-Emotional Learning Is More Than a 21st-Century Skill Ed Week Blog

I know. Its 2014, so we have long been into the 21st century. The truth is, SEL is a skill for any century, and we need it for college, career, or more importantly, our personal lives.

Childhood bullying can cause problems decades later USA Today

Years after the psychological sting of frequent bullying, researchers say the effects can extend to lower levels of education, physical and cognitive health problems, and poor social functioning.

Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth Reuters

The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists.

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

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Research Roundup, October 24

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Current Trends in Special Education Ed Week

The way that K-12 learners are taught is in rapid flux, particularly when it comes to students in special education programs.

Starting Early To Teach Kids Not To Bully Others KMVT

Bullying is an issue that's gained national attention over the past few years. But local children are learning how to work through their conflicts at a very young age.

How to Make Kindness The Foundation of School Culture Huffington Post

Through a robust social and emotional learning program and a planned effort to help students use empathy to improve their class, school and local New Orleans community, Lusher challenges us to rethink what "being kind" means as an educational philosophy.

Advocacy Groups Urge Arne Duncan to Get Tough on NCLB Waivers Ed Week

Thirteen education advocacy groups, including Democrats for Education Reform, StudentsFirst, and the National Council of La Raza, want U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to make the waiver renewal process far more rigorous.

We Have What We Need: The Next Steps in Education Technology Huffington Post

We have SMART boards. iPads. Laptops. Cellphones. We have learning management systems like Canvas, Blackboard, and Moodle.

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

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Research Roundup, October 17

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Partners shares the value of social and emotional learning with Open Circle The Boston - Bay State Banner

As children across Boston move forward into a new school year, opportunities to participate in social and emotional learning are available to thousands of students

Special education: numbers down, 'inclusion' up Palo Alto Online

Early and aggressive efforts by teachers to help young children with learning problems have led to a significant drop in the number of Palo Alto students who later need special education, officials said this week.

Viewpoints: Education, local control and what our communities need to do Sacramento Bee

Children and youth in lower-income communities face a range of challenges outside of school, and often don’t have access to opportunities that can enrich and strengthen their educational experience – opportunities that are critical to developing the knowledge and skills required in the workplace.

Education: It Takes a Community Huffington Post

In our opinion, the critical and pivotal importance of making the community connection has been consistently underestimated in the movement to try to upgrade the quality of education nationally.

Local woman makes bullying her business Shore News Today

To coincide with Bullying Prevention Month this October, Cool Kind Kid, an Ocean City-based social skills program that help combat rudeness and bullying among children, is crafting an approach that promotes kindness and respect as the missing link in preventing bullying.

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

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