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Research Roundup, October 1

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

Verbal and Physical Bullying Decrease as Children Age but Cyberbullying Increases DOE Office of Safe and Healthy Students Prevention News Digest

Instances of cyberbullying are found to increase as students grow older. Published in School Psychology Quarterly, “Examination of the Change in Latent Statuses in Bullying Behaviors Across Time” is a paper that shows findings in bullying victimization, also highlighting the decrease in verbal and physical bullying from fifth to eighth grade, but an in increase in cyberbullying. While in past studies, bully and bully-victim subgroups are constant over time, this paper is unique in that “it captures data about bullies and bully victims over time using latent transition analysis, a person-centered approach that classifies different subgroups and traces the changes in membership over time.”

8 Tips for Schools Interested in Restorative Justice Edutopia

More recently, restorative practices in schools are surfacing to the top. Rather than punitive approaches to misbehavior, restorative justice “brings together persons harmed with persons responsible for harm in a safe and respectful space, promoting dialogue, accountability, and a stronger sense of community.” How can school implement what they know about the benefits of this approach? Edutopia provides 8 tips on how to get started.


Hearing That Things Can Change Helps Teens Dodge Depression npr

In this small study conducted by David Yeager from the University of Texas at Austin, research finds that helping kids understand that “things can change for the better” can “help mitigate the high rates of depression.” Students who participated in the intervention study who were told that high school gets better showed “no increase in depressive symptoms, even if they said they were bullied.” The study is still in its early stages, but the findings look promising for teens on the onset of depression. 

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Research Roundup, September 24

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on September 24, 2014

A press release from the U.S. Department of Education has announced that it has awarded over $70 million to 130 grantees around the country to improve school climate, as a part of the “Now is the Time” proposal from the Obama administration. “If we can’t help protect kids and staff, and make them feel safe at school, then everything else that we do is secondary,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. 
It’s fall and that means it’s the season for parent-teacher conferences. A few issues with these meetings? Not enough time to go beyond academic grades, and, as students get older, less parents are likely to show up. In New York City, schools are trying to change this. By increasing the number of conferences from two to four per year, and starting as early as last week, parents will be up to date on what’s expected of their children, in addition to how they are doing. "It's less about progress and more about getting to know the parents," says East Bronx Academy for the Future teacher, Nick Lawrence.
This State Now Grades Schools on Recess and Health Huffington Post via Education Week
School improvement goals in Colorado are going beyond the classroom. Health and wellness metrics are being used to connect the well-being and academic success of students.  In Colorado, the state-mandated reports show student academic scores as well as information on “if that school has a nurse, if it offers 30 minutes of daily physical activity for students, and if it has a school-based health center.” ‘By holding schools accountable for creating environments that are conducive to learning and by providing educators and administrators with a comprehensive understanding of student performance--including how health conditions may directly affect learning--resources could be better deployed to schools and students at greatest risk,’ says a paper distributed to coalition members in August.”

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Research Roundup, August 27

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on August 27, 2014

Ferguson Teachers Use Day Off As Opportunity For A Civics Lesson npr

During the time schools in the Ferguson and Jennings districts in Missouri waited for the delayed start of school, teachers used the time to show their students and community that they care by helping with cleanups, meal delivers for students with needs, and mental health services.

Even Recess Offers a Kind of Education The Ridgefield Press

Elementary students in one Connecticut district are given both structured (physical education) and unstructured time (recess) during the school day so they can “experience and know what to do when they have that freedom.” Encouraging students to cooperate and demonstrate their leadership skills and enhance their soft skills through interaction with their fellow peers will be a lesson in itself.  Although the schools are in trial mode for this new method, implementing a new and different way to interact shows that school leaders are committed to more than just learning in the classroom.

A New Twist on Concentration: Standing While You Work District Administration

Schools are beginning to use standing desks in the classroom to fight the increasingly sedentary lifestyle that technology induces. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that more than a third of children were obese in 2012. A study in four Texas classrooms showed that students who used standing desks burned 300 more calories per week than students who sat at their desks. Teachers also said the “desks had a positive impact on student behavior and classroom performance.”

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Enhancing SEL Learning at P169M

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on January 21, 2014

Our series of blog posts focused on social-emotional learning (SEL) continues. In this post, we introduce you to P169M, a District 75 school using SEL as a common language to enrich individual and group instruction needs.

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Research Roundup, January 21

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on January 21, 2014

Study: Positive School Climate Helps Deter Drug Use U.S.NEWS

Making sure schools foster a positive environment is more likely to deter students from smoking cigarettes and marijuana than using drug testing, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania.

Government Releases New Guidelines to Fix School-to-Prison Pipeline. What Do Teachers Think?

The new federal guidelines are intended to support lucid and fitting expectations and consequences for students, as well as equity in how discipline is distributed. They demonstrate a shift away from policies of zero-tolerance, a trend that began in the 1990s after the Columbine shooting, toward the creation of more welcoming school climates.

Discipline and Safety on the Front Burner Ed Week

While schools are spending time and money on physically securing the building, attention to maintaining processes regarding student emotional safety must be paid as well. We need partnerships that will help all students by enriching our schools with a different kind of safety.

We Need Leaders Who Listen and Unite Ed Week

If we hold a fundamental belief that every individual wants to do meaningful work, we must find those leaders who are exploring a better way and trust they are in this for the same reasons we are - our children and the future.

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

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