December 2012 Archives

In this space, we've tried to bring you the latest news about student engagement, school climate, discipline, and student health and nutrition. We hope we've succeeded.


Mean girls and bullies may sit at the top of the classroom pecking order in Hollywood, but a new study suggests in real life, kindness is linked to popularity among middle schoolers.


"I love this place," says Connie Sullivan, "I will stay here for the rest of my career, God willing."


In an hour-long chat, instructional coach Jim Knight answered questions about improving teacher effectiveness and increasing student engagement.


America's children and their families are showing greater resilience and support in the face of rising poverty that has now wiped out the historic financial gains of the 1990s, according to an annual study.


As much as teachers may want to help students who are grieving, teachers and school staff say they need better training and more support.


Time magazine has named Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani child and child-rights advocate who survived an assassination attempt, as one of its "Persons of the Year."

A statistical analysis found black students who engaged in behavior similar to white students were punished more harshly than white students.


With the outpouring of grief over the Newtown, Conn. school massacre, a similar outpouring of support offers lifelines for those affected emotionally by the tragedy, both near and far from Sandy Hook.


At a U.S. Senate hearing, speakers outlined how bad behavior at school, once handled in house, is now triggering juvenile arrests that derail students' education.


Federal lawmakers will hear ideas about how to keep schoolhouse infractions from turning students into juvenile delinquents, repeat offenders, high school dropouts, or lifelong criminals.


Student engagement, students' perception of safety at school, and their health played a role in their performance on international tests.


To address one of schools' chief complaints, caps on the grain and protein in school meals have been lifted for now.


Middle schoolers in prime physical shape outperform their overweight peers on tests and grades, new research says.


In separate reports, the NAACP and the Annie E. Casey Foundation looked at the broad causes of, and solutions to, America's education problems. Government was part of both.


A principal's hand-holding punishment brought wide media scrutiny, but many students stand on his side.


A federal appeals court has upheld a $1 million jury award against a New York district in a case involving persistent racial harassment of a student by his peers.


An updated version of the federally produced guide addresses how parents can address the drug-related issues their kids face now.


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