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A virtual start can mean real sleep for students
A virtual start can mean real sleep for students
Every year, 7:30 a.m. seems to come earlier. If that sentiment seems familiar, perhaps you are the parent of a teenager. With three teenagers, the daily gauntlet to get them out the door and to school on time has gotten tougher as they reached middle a...
Can 'early warning systems' keep children from dropping out of school?
Can 'early warning systems' keep children from dropping out of school?
A half-dozen sixth-grade teachers sat in a circle inside an empty classroom, poring over sheets of data showing their students' attendance, grades and discipline. They were looking for children who were sliding, whose records indicated they were in dan...
'Toxic stress' in the classroom: How a public health approach could help
'Toxic stress' in the classroom: How a public health approach could help
Children living in poverty often are exposed to high levels of constant stress that can be debilitating, not only in terms of their physical health but also their ability to learn. So what are schools to do?
More than 6 million kids are chronically absent. What gets them back in class?
More than 6 million kids are chronically absent. What gets them back in class?
In schools across the country, teachers have long fretted about the challenges of reaching students who don't come to class. Education researchers echo those concerns, saying that missing 10 percent of the school year — just two days a month - is...
Stress is contagious in the classroom
Stress is contagious in the classroom
When teachers are stressed, so are their students, according to a new study. In the report, published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, researchers assessed the burnout levels of 17 teachers of fourth through seventh grade. They also assessed l...
The benefits of teaching in two languages
The benefits of teaching in two languages
From New York to Utah, U.S. schools have seen a steady rise in bilingual education. Dual-language immersion programs first appeared in the U.S. in the 1960s to serve Spanish-speaking students in Florida. Since then, the demand — and controversy &...
Green school enriches students and the community
Green school enriches students and the community
A middle school in Hampton Bays Public Schools in New York has bridged the needs of its students and the community. In fact, the community helped design Hampton Bays Middle School, which opened in 2008, on Long Island. The building can be used for town...
The teen brain likes social media 'likes'
The teen brain likes social media 'likes'
Social media "likes" appear to have a powerful effect on the teen brain, new research suggests. Getting a large number of likes on their own photos or the photos of their peers activated the same brain circuits turned on by such things as eating chocol...
Study: Prolonged internet use could raise teen suicide risk
Study: Prolonged internet use could raise teen suicide risk
Suicide is a leading cause of death for Nebraska teenagers and a new study finds Internet use is among the top contributing risk factors. Dr. Benjamin Shain authored the report for the American Academy of Pediatrics and says more than five hours of dai...
How much sleep teen gets can predict daytime mood
How much sleep teen gets can predict daytime mood
New research finds that when teens receive an insufficient amount of sleep they show a heightened variability in sadness, anger, energy and feelings of sleepiness. Investigators also discovered that a poor night sleep can set up a vicious cycle as nigh...
Lessons on personalities help teens cope with social stressors, study says
Lessons on personalities help teens cope with social stressors, study says
Teaching teens that social and personality traits can change helps them cope with social challenges such as bullying, which in turn can help mitigate stress and improve academic performance, according to a study by psychologists at The University of Te...
A closer look at college and career readiness
A closer look at college and career readiness
What is the purpose of an education? For policymakers and experts in academic fields, this question has long served as an important point of reflection; for many, the answer has revolved around rigorous academic standards, career preparation, and colle...
Internet addiction and school burnout feed into each other
Internet addiction and school burnout feed into each other
Excessive internet use contributes to the development of school burnout. School burnout, in turn, may lead to excessive internet use or digital addiction. Mind the Gap, a longitudinal research project funded by the Academy of Finland, has established a...
Quietly, schools take compassionate look at transgender rights
Quietly, schools take compassionate look at transgender rights
In North Carolina, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, one of the nation's largest districts, last week bucked the country's toughest transgender bathroom law. Meanwhile, in sparsely-populated Blaine County, Idaho, residents gathered recently out of both co...