Research Articles

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 »

What does it take to be the ‘exceptional girl’ who studies physics?

Why is it only the exceptional girl who pursues an education in physics? A new study in the American Educational Research Journal (The ‘‘Exceptional’’ Physics Girl: A Sociological Analysis of Multimethod Data From Young Women Aged 10–16 to Explore Gendered Patterns of Post-16 Participation) blames a masculine “cultural arbitrary” for the huge gender gap in… 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 »

6 literary inquiry practices to bring to your ELA class

History, science and math students are trained to think like historians, mathematicians and scientists when they tackle questions and problems in class. Researcher Emily Rainey says it’s time English language arts (ELA) students learn to use the same disciplinary tools and practices as literary scholars when they work with a literary text. “Although English language… Tell Me More »

Does a child’s focus on pictures delay reading development?

Do you discourage your students from looking at and talking about pictures until they’ve become good readers? A new study in Reading Research Quarterly says that while it’s natural for teachers to be concerned that looking at pictures will delay reading development,  it seems to be a normal part of learning to read. In a year-long study of 2nd-graders’ classroom… Tell Me More »

Teachers reflect on how they listen to their students

Teachers put a great deal of thought into crafting questions that challenge students to think about what they are learning. But, according to a recent study in the Journal of Advanced Academics, teachers should pay just as much attention to how they listen to their students. After analyzing more than 50 recordings of individual middle school… Tell Me More »

Teachers make academic judgments based on how students dress

The best-dressed students are known to enjoy a certain social edge over their more unkempt peers. But,  in what may be another argument for school uniforms, teachers also judge their students on appearance. According to a large study of 1,311 fourth-grade Canadian students,  teachers rated better dressed students higher on academic competence, engagement and adjustment… Tell Me More »

Title IX and Transgender Students–Resources for Schools

Title IX and Transgender Students–Resources for Schools

Atherton High School policies Article on gender identity State of Michigan guidance to schools for support of LGBTQ students 51 Illinois families sue schools over transgender bathroom rights Philadelphia School District policy on transgender students’ rights  Department of Education Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students Pine-Richland School District (Pennsylvania) letter to… Tell Me More »