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Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum

Ashoka, 2014. (web resource)

A recent report entitled “Making Education Work” urges the British government to introduce radical changes into the English education system. This report – prepared by an independent advisory board comprising prominent business leaders and led by preeminent academic Professor Sir Roy Anderson – provides a six-month overview of the British education system and recommends the establishment of a new independent body consisting of teachers, employers, political parties, etc. 

The Effects of School-wide Positive Behavior Support on Middle School Climate and Student Outcomes

Association for Middle Level Education, 2011. (web resource)

This study investigated the effects of school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) on middle school climate and student outcomes. Data consisted of more than 300 teacher responses and 10,000 student responses in two middle schools in the western United States. The SWPBS intervention included school-wide teaching of social skills, praise notes from teachers to students, posting of school rules, proactive screening for students at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders, and referrals of at-risk students for targeted interventions. The treatment school showed statistically significant improvements in teacher ratings of school climate, while the control school tended to stay the same or worsen.

Responsive Classroom Drives Common Core Success

Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. 2013. (Responsive Classroom) (PDF, 8 pgs.)

Skillful teaching and effective instruction are keys to achieving the goals set by the Common Core State Standards. This white paper describes how the Responsive Classroom approach hones teacher effectiveness and explains in detail how Responsive Classroom teaching practices address four specific CCSS challenges: creating a climate of learning, engaging students in rich academic conversations, teaching more complex content and skills, and fostering genuine student engagement.

BulllyBust: Promoting A Community of Upstanders

National School Climate Center, 2009 (web resource)

BullyBust promotes valuable free supports to help schools-in-need put an end to bullying with targeted school-wide and classroom-based efforts. This site includes research-based resources for students, parents, and educators for addressing bullying incidences effectively and creating a culture of upstanders inside and out of school.

Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI)

National School Climate Center (web resource)

The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) is one of the most recognized and comprehensive school climate measures today that assesses to what extent students’, parents’ and school personnel feel safe, “connected’ and engaged in school life.  Developed over ten years of research and field-testing, the CSCI is a scientifically sound survey tool that thousands of schools, districts, networks of schools and several State Departments of Education (Ohio and Iowa) as well as the World Bank and foreign educational ministries have used.  

Doesn’t Every Child Deserve a Memorable Summer?

National Summer Learning Association, 2009. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

The National Summer Learning Association’s Research in Brief series profiles key studies about summer learning and highlights the findings in easy-to-understand language. These briefs can help inform the choices that parents, program providers and policymakers make when selecting and designing summer programs for youth. This Research in Brief issue provides research findings on what children face once the school doors close for the summer. To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months. All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. 

Summer Can Set Kids on the Right—or Wrong—Course

National Summer Learning Association, 2009. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

The National Summer Learning Association’s Research in Brief series profiles key studies about summer learning and highlights the findings in easy-to-understand language. These briefs can help inform the choices that parents, program providers and policymakers make when selecting and designing summer programs for youth. This Research in Brief issue provides research findings on what children face once the school doors close for the summer. For some, it’s a world of interesting vacations, music lessons, and library trips. For others without enriching summertime opportunities, the break can lead to serious academic consequences—and the disparity can be dramatic.

Teaching Screenagers

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2011. (web publication)

Effectively teaching the digital generation, or screenagers, seems to involve two basics: embracing the tools that kids are immersed in and using these tools to engage students in core curriculum topics. Educational Leadership magazine shares numerous articles on connecting with digital learners.

Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher

ASCD, 2006. (book, available for purchase, 125 pgs.)

The first book written by someone who is both a neurologist and a classroom teacher identifies and translates the brain research most relevant to classroom teaching.

Personalizing the High School Experience for Each Student

ASCD, 2008. (book, available for purchase, 200 pgs.)

In research over the last decade, educators have learned to identify six areas in which high schools begin to fail their students. The authors examine these six problem areas, allowing readers to look at personalized learning in several different ways and offering six ways to engage students and prevent any from believing they are stupid.

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