Research shows

December 19, 2013

Connecting with students key to engagement

High school students become most engaged with their classes when teachers show how subject matter relates to students’ lives and encourage them to share opinions and ideas, new research shows.

November 14, 2013

Poor children fall behind in language early

The gap in language skills between children from low-income families and those from affluent homes becomes evident when children are as young as 18 months old, new research shows.

October 17, 2013

Holding back students hurts classmates

September 26, 2013

Close relationship key to mentoring

Mentoring programs aim to provide children with a relationship with a caring adult beyond family, teachers or other adults outside of school. When mentoring programs are based in schools, they often seek to improve students’ academic performance, usually with mentors providing tutoring or homework help. New research finds that the academic help has less effect on a child’s school performance than the quality of the relationship between the mentor and student.

September 5, 2013

Communication key to student engagement

Students are most invested in their schoolwork at the beginning of the school year, with their interest tending to fade as the year progresses. But new research shows that frequent communication by teachers with students and parents can help to lessen this slide in student engagement.

June 27, 2013

High school dropouts are not all alike

Researchers have historically treated high school dropouts as one homogeneous group when comparing them to students who graduate on time. But a new study identifies three distinct types of dropouts – the quiet students, the jaded and the involved.

January 17, 2013

Early struggles spoil college, career readiness

Few students who fall far behind academically in the 4th or 8th grades ever catch up to the levels needed for 12th-grade college and career readiness, according to a new study by the national testing organization ACT, Inc. The challenge is even greater for students who attend high-poverty schools.

December 20, 2012

Cutting teacher turnover in NYC middle schools

What’s the best way to tell whether or not New York City middle school teachers will stay on the job? According to a survey of some 42 percent of the division’s teaching force, factors such as how they became teachers in the first place and working conditions are the greatest indicators.

November 22, 2012

Classroom support helps kids survive trauma
Using the classroom as a support group is an effective way to help students heal from a traumatic event when all of the students have been exposed to the same trauma, as is the case in a natural disaster, according to a review of the literature on school crisis intervention programs.

November 1, 2012

Work environment key to keeping teachers

A supportive working environment reduces teacher attrition and boosts student achievement, a new Harvard University study has found.

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