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May 29, 2017

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May 29, 2017

Children in Head Start Who Miss More Preschool Show Fewer Academic Gains

May 16, 2017 — A new study has found that children in Head Start who miss 10 percent or more of the school year have fewer gains in academics than their peers who attend preschool more regularly. Many researchers ... read more

How Pokémon GO Can Help Students Build Stronger Communication Skills

May 9, 2017 — Technology continues to change the way students learn and engage with their peers, parents and community. That is why a professor is working with teachers to develop new ways to incorporate digital ... read more

Preschoolers' Story Comprehension Similar for Print and Digital Books

May 1, 2017 — The content of a children's book -- not its form as a print book or a digital book -- predicts how well children understand a story, finds a new ... read more

Study Analyzes What 'A' and 'The' Tell Us About Language Acquisition

Apr. 6, 2017 — Experience is an important component of early-childhood language usage although it doesn't necessarily account for all of a child's language facility, new research concludes. Moreover, the ... read more

Scientists Predict Reading Ability from DNA Analysis Alone

Mar. 29, 2017 — Researchers have used a genetic scoring technique to predict reading performance throughout school years from DNA ... read more

The Hazards of English Spelling

Mar. 10, 2017 — A new study of English spelling practices demonstrates that the way we spell words is much more orderly and self-organizing than previously ... read more

Children and Youth Learning English Require Better Support for Academic Success

Feb. 28, 2017 — Despite their potential, many English learners (ELs) -- who account for more than 9 percent of K-12 enrollment in the US -- lag behind their English-speaking monolingual peers in educational ... read more

Sleepovers With Stuffed Animals Help Children Learn to Read

Feb. 28, 2017 — Sending stuffed animals for a sleepover at the library encourages children to read with them, even long after the sleepover took place, say researchers. For the first time, the study proves stuffed ... read more

Working Memory as Key to Preventing Misdiagnoses, Overrepresentation of Minorities in Special Education

Feb. 14, 2017 — Researchers have found a link to growth in working memory and growth in English-language reading among young English-language learning students. The findings suggest better assessment and education ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Children improve at math when instruction engages their own bodies, concludes a new study. The results also document that children require individualized learning ... read more

Emoticons Help Gauge School Happiness Level in Young Children

Feb. 3, 2017 — The How I Feel About My School questionnaire is available to download for free. It uses emoticon-style faces with options of happy, ok or sad. It asks children to rate how they feel in seven ... read more

Study Links Teacher Training, Improved Student Writing Skills

Jan. 24, 2017 — A correlation between teacher professional development and improvements has been found in academic writing by English learners in grades ... read more

Large Scale Study Highlights Challenges Faced by Children With ASD in Early School Years

Jan. 13, 2017 — New research outlined in a report stems from one of the largest studies on young children with ASD as they transition into ... read more

Research Unlocks Clues to Language-Based Learning in Children

Dec. 13, 2016 — One in five individuals are impacted by language-based learning disabilities -- one of the most common being dyslexia, which involves difficulty in reading or interpreting words, letters and other ... read more

Nov. 30, 2016 — A sedentary lifestyle is linked to poorer reading skills in the first three school years in 6-8 year old boys, according to a new study. The study investigated the longitudinal associations of ... read more

When Do Speech Difficulties in Children Matter for Literacy?

Nov. 7, 2016 — Speech difficulties are linked with difficulties in learning to read when children first start school, but these effects are no longer apparent at 8 years of age, new research ... read more

Bilingual Brains Activate Different Networks When Reading Opaque, Transparent Languages

Oct. 26, 2016 — Bilinguals use different neural networks to read languages that are pronounced as they are written – such as the Basque language – from those in which this correspondence does not exist, like ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — The use of robotic tutors in primary school classrooms is one step ... read more

Middle School Structure Affects Learning Environment, Student Achievement

Oct. 12, 2016 — Findings from new research suggest that longer grade spans that allow middle grade students to serve as relative “top dogs”—students in the highest grades—improve academic achievement and ... read more

Low English Skills at School Start Linked to Behavioral Difficulties

Sep. 20, 2016 — Children who enter reception with poor English language skills -- whether it's their first language or an additional language -- are more likely to have social, emotional and behavioral ... read more

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