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Research Roundup

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 19, 2015

There has been a plethora of research done about education over the years.  This article looks back on education research done in 2014 to compile the “Top 5 Lessons” learned, including ‘What Social Emotional Learning-based Curriculum May and May Not Be Able To Do’ and The Best to Teach Math to Struggling First Graders-The Old Fashioned Way. 


Is there a need to change the grading system and how we assess student success? Is changing “basement grades” of 50% to 40% (e.g. a student can receive a 40% in the grade book even if he/she does not hand in their assignment) going to change student motivation? Read on to learn how this author believes that the education system is in need of a revamp concerning this matter


This article explains the power and influence PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exams have over students.  The authority and power that testing agencies hold over students are becoming worrisome to stakeholders.


Research Roundup

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 13, 2015

Key players in reforming No Child Left Behind share their wish lists for the bill’s revision. Wishes include more support from the government for low performing schools and less standardized testing.


Mindfulness starts the day at this Sacramento Middle School as students are instructed to close their eyes, acknowledge their emotions, and move on


Supporters of late school start times argue students need more sleep and time in the morning to function and be successful. Montgomery County’s high school is just one example after the school board approved to shift school hours for students across the district. Read how a “sleep-in” was staged on the eve before the vote to encourage later start times.


Graduation rates hit an all-time high in the 2012-13 school year with 81% of students graduating high school within 4 years across the country. Read what Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has to say about this “record setting milestone”.


Research Roundup

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on January 08, 2015

When Your Kid Is the Bully: What to Do
This article explains two main reasons why children bully and how parents can get involved to acknowledge the behavior, focus on consequences, partner with schools, and build social and emotional skills.


The overuse of suspension in American public schools threatens the success of all students
New research looks at the consequences from the overuse of suspension as a response to negative behavior. Rather than improving the learning environment for students, suspensions are leading to decline in positive perception of school experiences. This article expands on how suspension should be used as a last resort and not as a primary source of punishment.

2014: Year in Review & What's Coming in 2015
School climate topics from increased mental health funding to bully prevention policies sparked your interest in 2014. In this e-blast we revisit just a few news items from around the nation as well as what's coming in 2015 for NSCC in this year-in-review recap. 


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