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October 9, 2015

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October 9, 2015

Schools Are Underprepared for Pandemics, Natural Disasters

Oct. 5, 2015 — Missouri schools are no more prepared to respond to pandemics, natural disasters, and bioterrorism attacks than they were in 2011, according to a new study. Researchers found that on average, schools ... read more

Math and Me: Children Who Identify With Math Get Higher Scores

Sep. 30, 2015 — How strongly children identify with math (their math 'self-concept') can be used to predict how high they will score on a standardized test of math achievement, according to a new ... read more

National School-Based Mental Health Intervention Improves Outcomes for at-Risk Students

Sep. 22, 2015 — A national school-based mental health program that is now reaching almost one quarter of all elementary school students in Chile appears to have produced significant improvements in both behavioral ... read more

Immigrants Come to Resemble Native-Born Americans Over Time, but Integration Not Always Link

Sep. 21, 2015 — As immigrants and their descendants become integrated into US society, many aspects of their lives improve, including measurable outcomes such as educational attainment, occupational distribution, ... read more

Study Examines Gun Control Policies, Effect on Youth Gun Carrying

Sep. 21, 2015 — A more restrictive gun law environment was associated with a reduced likelihood of youth carrying guns, according to an article. An average of 15,000 teenagers 12 to 19 years old died annually in the ... read more

Training More Effective Teachers Through Alternative Pathways

Sep. 17, 2015 — Florida teachers who enter teaching through a path requiring no coursework in education have the greatest effect on student achievement, substantially larger than that of traditionally prepared ... read more

Economic Prosperity Can't Break Chains of Child Labor

Sep. 17, 2015 — Unequal access to education ensures hundreds of millions of children remain trapped in child labour despite dramatic falls in worldwide poverty levels, according to new ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — A new study based on longitudinal data confirms a college degree provides an advantage in lifetimes earnings, but a related decision once students make it to college could prove to be even more ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — A virtual laboratory allows, for the first time, to actively engage with topical quantum physics. The novel learning environment was developed in time for the start of the new term, and the virtual ... read more

Students in Credit Crisis

Sep. 15, 2015 — College students are well aware that they should be personally responsible for their finances, including their card obligations, but this awareness rarely correlates with limiting the debts they ... read more

New School-Evaluation Method Fails to Affect Housing Prices

Sep. 15, 2015 — The controversial new method of evaluating teachers and schools -- called 'value-added' -- does not appear to affect property values, finds research by ... read more

Growing Public Support Found in USA, Canada for Smokefree Outdoor Laws

Sep. 15, 2015 — A new study has found increasing support in the United States and Canada for smokefree laws for outdoor areas, especially in playgrounds and school grounds. The collaborative study provides new and ... read more

Study Examines Role of Vegetable Food Pairings in School Plate Waste

Sep. 14, 2015 — School meals paired with popular vegetables are less likely to wind up in garbage bins, research has shown. A research team measured food waste in three elementary schools in Bryan and ... read more

Larger, Private Colleges and Universities More Likely to Attract Hookah Establishments

Sep. 14, 2015 — Larger and private colleges and universities seem to attract hookah cafes and lounges, but smoke-free policies decrease these odds, according to findings of a new ... read more

Achieving Effective Health Care With a New Approach to Caring for Chronic Illnesses

Sep. 11, 2015 — Researchers address the challenges of effective universal health coverage in low- and middle-income countries, focusing on solving one of the most pressing issues: the care of chronic illnesses. ... read more

Financial Distress Can Hinder Success of Academically Prepared Minority Students

Sep. 10, 2015 — A new study of more than 500 black and Latino college students has confirmed that many encounter obstacles after enrolling in college without adequate financial ... read more

Probation for Schools Spurs Transfer Patterns Linked to Family Income

Sep. 9, 2015 — Schools placed on probation due to sub-par test scores spurs transfer patterns linked to household income, a study by sociologists finds. Their study of a school accountability program in the Chicago ... read more

Poor Motor Skills in Two-Year-Olds Could Indicate Slow Development in Mathematical Proficiency

Sep. 9, 2015 — Two-year-olds with poor motor function also exhibit poor mathematical skills, a new study shows. This knowledge will make it easier for teachers to identify children who may need extra ... read more

Physicians Have Greater Ability to Help Child Abuse Victims

Sep. 8, 2015 — New state laws in Pennsylvania are shaping the fight against child abuse through physicians and other healthcare ... read more

Hiring More Minority Teachers in Schools Gives Fairer Perception of Discipline

Sep. 2, 2015 — Black students in schools with more black teachers have more positive attitudes and higher perceptions of fairness in school discipline, according to a new study. The study also found white students ... read more

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