Recent Research on At-Risk Students/Motivation

Behavior screen identifies the ‘quietly troubled’ middle and high school students

Everyone at your school keeps a watchful eye on the troubled student whose disruptive behavior leads to office referrals and suspensions. It’s the quiet ones you secretly worry about. A new study in Behavioral Disorders reports that the Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS), a popular behavior screen in elementary schools, is valid and reliable for identifying students… Tell Me More »

SWPBIS is good service model for the trauma-informed school

In the trauma-informed school, educators substitute the unspoken question, “what’s wrong with you?” with “what happened to you?” As more and more educators embrace the trauma-informed approach to working with students who have a history of Adverse Childhood Events (ACES), schools will need a roadmap or blueprint for moving beyond the “big ideas” to implementing… Tell Me More »

To increase graduation rate, colleges rethink non-credit pre-requisits

To increase graduation rate, colleges rethink non-credit pre-requisits

Four years’ worth of college credits is daunting for any student. But, when colleges also require a bunch of non-credit remedial courses in math and English many students find the challenge insurmountable. Very few students who need to take non-credit remedial courses ever enroll in and complete their first college courses, says a new report from Complete… Tell Me More »

Teacher modeling important for student engagement

Teacher modeling important for student engagement

To engage students as much as possible, teachers often give students feedback and frequent opportunities to participate in class.  But another important engagement tool is modeling desired actions or behaviors, according to a recent research review of teaching practices that increase student engagement in Preventing School Failure:  Alternative Education for Children and Youth. “While many desired academic… Tell Me More »

Mindfulness training benefits homeless children

Mindfulness training benefits homeless children

Homeless students and recently homeless students benefitted even more than other middle schoolers from an 8-week mindfulness training course,  according to a new study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.  A total of 63 children from two charter schools, one a traditional charter school and another that serves youth who current live or… Tell Me More »

Six strategies to help students manage achievement gap stress

“Mind the gap” means be aware of how inequality in income, opportunity and socioeconomic status affects student achievement. It also means, be aware of the psychological effects of the achievement gap on students’ feelings, beliefs, attitudes and sense of self. Achievement gaps create a psychological predicament, a threat to one’s social identity and sense of… Tell Me More »

‘Leaky pipeline’ to STEM careers is misleading metaphor

Are you worried that too few of your students are taking advanced science and math courses and are on track for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers? It’s much too early to predict their career trajectories, says a new study in Science Education.  The path to a chosen career is rarely linear.  In 10 years, many students… Tell Me More »

Academic buoyancy: If you have it, you’re more likely to succeed

Academic buoyancy is an important but overlooked factor in why students, and not always the ones you would predict, fare well in school, says a new study in the British Journal of Educational Psychology. Many educators are familiar with the concept of “resilience,”  a student’s ability to overcome major hardships and threats to well-being and… Tell Me More »