Kids are often deeply interested in math, history, literacy and science “because those topics are about engaging with the world around them, figuring out new things, and making exciting discoveries,” Dr. Bassok explained. “When children learn academic content in a way that’s fun and playful and engaging, and meets them where they are, it can be very empowering.”
“So many kids do get services while they are in high school and then when they leave there may not be a safety net or services available to them,” said Dewey Cornell, a forensic clinical psychologist and education professor at the University of Virginia. He said the age of greatest risk “for serious acts of violence is in the late teens and early 20s, after the high school years.”
Nationally, many school systems have struggled to make sure underrepresented students — students of color, English-language learners, students from low-income families — are not left out in more rigorous courses and programs. Catherine Brighton, a professor and associate dean at the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia, said, “The devil is in the details of enacting that at a high-quality level.”
Joshua Brown, adjunct professor of education at the University of Virginia. Lead author of the study, "The Hidden Structure: The Influence of Residence Hall Design on Academic Outcomes."
UVa professor Carol Tomlinson, an expert on the topic, led the five-day Summer Institute for Academic Diversity and spent each afternoon with the Charlottesville group. The division has partnered with Tomlinson to support the implementation of unleveled classes.
At the University of Virginia, Stephanie D. van Hover, a department chair in the Curry School of Education, said shortening the time it takes for aspiring educators to get into the classroom will make choosing teaching as a career a less cost-prohibitive proposition.
Being assigned to a high-quality classroom is especially important for children at risk of struggling in school, according to earlier research by Bridget Hamre and Robert Pianta at the University of Virginia. They found that when children whose mothers had low educational levels were placed with 1st-grade teachers who were caring and provided focused instruction and frequent feedback, the students achieved at the same level as those with more highly educated mothers.
Experts trained by Dewey Cornell, a forensic clinical psychologist and Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, who is considered an expert in threat assessments, will work with 150 staff members each day for two days to provide “more concrete knowledge on how to respond in the event of a threat,” Hennigan said.
If every public high school in Virginia offered college admission tests free, the supply of graduating seniors who could compete for entry to major universities within the state would grow significantly, according to a study released Tuesday.
"She’s one of nearly 30 participants attending the second annual Summer Teachers Institute, hosted by the Center for Race and Public Education in the South at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education & Human Development."
"A study by researchers Benjamin Castleman and Lindsay Page estimates that 10 to 20% of students nationally do not enroll in college due to summer melt. For students from low-income households, melt can reach as high as 40%."
Teaching self-compassion to children who have a history of trauma is particularly important — and particularly challenging. Dr. Patricia Jennings, said that these children “often feel very bad about themselves, and their ability to feel compassion for themselves may be impaired. They don’t even know how to accept compassion from other people yet.”
Researchers had data for seventh and eighth graders from both 2015, right before the election, and 2017, right after it. Over 400 middle schools participated. “It was an opportunity to see whether in fact there was this increase in bullying,” said Dewey Cornell.
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