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Student Absenteeism: Three New Studies to Know

Summary:  With the new ESSA regulations, chronic absenteeism has become a major issue and schools will need to find ways to deal with it.  This article reports on three studies about how to deal with chronic absenteeism and getting students to attend school.  

Source:  Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, May 8, 2017

Categories:  Educational Research, School Culture/Climate, Student Achievement




School Bullying Linked to Lower Academic Achievement, Research Finds

Summary:  Most studies on bullying have tracked children for relatively short periods of time and focused on psychological effects, such as anxiety or depression. This is the first long-term study to track children for more than a decade from kindergarten through high school and analyze connections between bullying and academic achievement,

Source:  Gary W. Ladd, American Psychological Association, January 30, 2017

Categories:  Anti-Bullying, Educational Research



American Schools Have a Chronic Absentee Problem

Summary:  This article talks about the problem of chronic absenteeism and the fact that effects more schools than just those in urban districts.  It also explains a variety of causes of absenteeism and reports on some programs and projects that may address the problem.

Source:  Joe Heim, The Washington Post, September 6, 2016

Categories:  Educational Equity, Educational Research, School Health, Student Engagement



Brain-Based Learning

Study of Brain Waves Could Answer How Learning Occurs

Summary: This article reports on an experimental study done by Washington State University which studies how children respond in terms of eye movements, pulse, and brain waves as they are taught in a classroom environment.  This research seeks to identify the link between teaching and learning and using an experimental research design, determine how students engage in learning from a cognitive and emotional perspective.

Source:  Alison DeNisco, District Administration, May 2016

Categories: Brain Based Learning. Educational Research



Give Teachers Time to Collaborate

Summary:  This article explores the benefits of expanded-time schools for students and also for teachers. One of the features in these expanded schedules is more time for teachers to collaborate in professional learning communities (PLCs).  This article cites various research reports from the National Center on Time and Learning which can be accessed from the article.

Source:  Jennifer Davis, Ed Week Commentary, August 14, 2015

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Educational Research, Student Achievement, Teacher Collaboration



How to craft an effective anti-bullying policy

Summary:  A July report found that three in ten districts lacked any kind of anti-bullying policies, but experts caution against just telling students that bullying is bad. More is required to actually prevent it.  For example, less than 20% of districts require anti-bullying training for teachers.  All states now have anti-bullying laws, but just 18 ban specific behaviors — a key part of effective policies.

Source: Kate Schimel, Education DIVE, August 19, 2015

Categories: Anti-Bullying, SEL Research



Kids Can Learn as Much From ‘Sesame Street’ as From Preschool

Summary:  The most authoritative study ever done on the impact of “Sesame Street,” to be released Monday, finds that the famous show on public TV has delivered lasting educational benefits to millions of American children — benefits as powerful as the ones children get from going to preschool.

Source:  Jim Tankersley, Washington Post, June 7. 2015

Category: Educational Research



Ranking disparities: What defines high-quality education in a state?

Summary:  When looking at rankings of education quality state-by-state, the methodology used plays a big part in how you might interpret the results. This article uses several popular rankings by US News and World Report and by  Education Week as examples of how the methodology affects the results.

Source:  Roger Riddell, Education Dive, May 22, 2015

Categories: Educational Research, Student Achievement



Harvard ed school shares ‘Usable Knowledge’ for educators

Summary:  The Harvard Graduate School of Education has launched a new website to share best practices and research with educators, administrators, and policymakers across the nation.  The site, Useable Knowledge, will highlight specifically the work and research of the University’s faculty and their co-researchers across the globe.  K-12 and Higher Education content will both be featured on the site.

Source:  Allie Gross, Education DIVE, September 11. 2014

Categories: Classroom Practice, Educational Research