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Research Roundup, September 3

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on September 03, 2014

Download the Parent Toolkit App NBC News- Education Nation

If you’re familiar with the Parent Toolkit website, the Parent Toolkit app will make access much simpler. From customization to creating a list to review later, the freshly released app will help parents benchmark their children’s learning and development and how you can support them in the process. Available on both Android and iOS, now you can use the Toolkit anywhere you go. Brand new sections on Social & Emotional Development will be available in October on the website, so stay tuned!

Kids and Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? npr

Could your child or student be missing out on human emotion recognition? A study conducted by UCLA shows that increased time spent on technology can inhibit the ability to read emotions. One group of sixth grade students were sent to an education camp for five days without access to electronic devices, while another group spent their lives as usual.  After the end of the five days, students who went to camp “scored significantly higher when it came to reading facial emotions or other nonverbal cues than the students who continued to have access to their media devices.” With the evolving classroom incorporating more screen time for students, how will this affect their learning?

How to Get Kids to Class NY Times

Students that come from lower income backgrounds often struggle keeping a perfect attendance in school. Research shows that “chronically absent students have lower G.P.A.s, lower test scores and lower graduation rates than their peers who attend class regularly.” This opinion piece by president of Communities in Schools Daniel Cardinali says bringing in social services may be the answer to help these students with the extra support they lack.

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Research Roundup, August 13

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on August 13, 2014

War Not Won, but Bullying, School Violence Have Declined Online Athens
The National Center for Education Statistics released numbers that indicate reported instances school violence has declined 74% over a course of 20 years, but educators and researchers acknowledge that the problem has not been resolved. A decline in bullying has also been evident, and schools and organizations are investigating to find out what more can be done to create a positive school climate.

White Students No Longer to Be Majority in School ABC News
Make more room for diversity—The National Center for Education Statistics releases more numbers for this fall: although white students are still the largest racial group, non-Hispanic white students make up 49.8% in U.S. public schools, while the total group of minority students become the majority. The reality of these demographics suggests the need to address “issues of immigration, poverty, diversity, and inequity.”

33 States Don't Protect LGBT Students in Anti-Bullying Laws Vox
Yes, it’s still legal for school personnel to discriminate against LGBT students in many states, and several of them do not include LGBT students in their anti-bullying policies. GLSEN illustrates these states through several maps of enumerated anti-bullying laws, nondiscrimination laws, and “no promo homo” laws. How implementing laws against discrimination can help students know they are protected, respected, and treated equally.

Special-Education Overhaul Leaves Students Less Violated, but Schools Struggle to Keep up Chalkbeat NY
Students with special needs in New York City are bussed to distant schools in order to receive the appropriate services, but the city is now facing the importance of inclusion for all students through new special-education policies. Although this is a step closer to inclusion, schools are having a difficult time putting these policies into practice. Schools need the support to make inclusion a reality in their buildings.

Tests That Look Like Video Games nprEd
How do you get students to be excited to take a test? Researchers measure the mind to see how students learn and “how they make decisions and how they respond to feedback” using web-based games.  In order to do well in the games—or tests—you need to learn something to move on to the next level.  The game will record the steps it took for the student to get to the right or wrong answer. Ultimately, Dan Schwartz, director of the AAA Lab at Stanford University, believes “the goal of education is to create independent thinkers who make good decisions… we need assessments that test how students think, not what they happen to know at a given moment.”

Promoting Social-Emotional Awareness at Mickey Mantle School

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on January 15, 2014

Developing a positive school climate is a partnership effort between the entire school community of educators, administrators, mental health professionals, students, and parents. Schools and districts across the nation are speaking to this effort in a number of innovate ways. In this post, we introduce you to Mickey Mantle School, a District 75 school developing a common language supportive of academic, social and emotional needs. Read on for the first of a series of blogs highlighting schools promoting high levels of social-emotional awareness and understanding.

By: Barry Daub, Principal, P811M-The Mickey Mantle School, New York, NY

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How Do We Build a Moral and Ethical School Culture in the 21st Century?

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on June 17, 2013

Written by Dimitry Anselme, the Director of Program Staff Develop­ment at Facing History & Ourselves and a Presenter at the 16th Annual National School Climate Center's Summer Institute

I have to admit that I struggled before writing this post: What do I have to offer on this topic that has not already been said or done?” The effort to build moral and ethical school communities has a long history in American education. There are countless examples of schools and teachers, across the country, already implementing best practices on this subject. 

However, as I reflected more on the issue, I was struck by the urgency of now.  What is different is that we are engaging in this exploration today in an education environment intensely focused on raising test scores, on identifying metrics and benchmarks to measure student learning, and on teacher effectiveness as evidenced by clear student outcomes.  Many of these attempts at accountability in teaching are important. It is also valuable not to lose sight of our education mission, and let the national discussion on education reform center around these benchmarks and metrics alone. The dialogue of how to build moral and ethical schools is urgent today because it deepens our national conversation and will allow us not to reduce education reform solely to a set of legislative efforts backed by test scores.

 I realized that instead of thinking of how to build moral and ethical schools, it would be more useful, instead,  if we were to think of the conversation as being about  how to sustain the practice of  building moral and ethical schools. Let us focus on developing the habit or the professional discipline of seeking how to build such schools. We recognize that this is an on-going process. We may never fully get there.  Building moral and ethical schools, is not about identifying one program,  one curriculum or a series of practices to  implement at our schools, but instead building moral and ethical schools is a habit, a practice that we commit to as educators.

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Research Roundup

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 04, 2016

“Hip hop therapy” is becoming more prominent in urban schools, particularly in minority and ethnic communities.  It allows students to write lyrics about difficulties they face in their lives and lets teachers and leaders engage with them “in a way that seems more enjoyable than intrusive”.  It gives students the opportunity to rap about issues that might otherwise never be shared.

Most states report shortages on Special Ed teachers.  Why is there such a shortage on these teachers? Most teachers who chose to teach in special education settings are drawn to that classroom to help students who struggle to learn, but there is much more, such as, paperwork, meetings, and accountability.  Read on for how one teacher breaks down a typical work day into four main categories: management, collaboration, instruction, and diagnostics.

This article talks about selecting the “right” students who are most connected to the school and assist them in leading the way.  These influential students have the ability to successfully change the way students treat each other.  This study has shown that students respond better to other students rather than adults, especially when it comes to conflicts.

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