August 2014 Archives

This week, we read about how students ask for help, how to reduce stress by getting outside, how DC schools plan to discuss Ferguson, how to encourage good behavior in disruptive students, and more.


The program helps protect children from traffic and gang activity on their walks to school.


The School Nutrition Association's annual survey also found many schools are trying healthy eating initiatives, like school gardens and nutrition education.


For girls, higher cardiorespiratory fitness levels in the 6th grade were linked to both significantly less depression and a lower body mass index (BMI) percentile score in the 7th grade.


The study confirms statements of some public health officials, who've warned the products are luring in young users through clever marketing.


Later start times in high school and middle school would accomodate shifting sleep-wake patterns associated with puberty, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new position statement.


A Government Accountability Office report found that the federal program that ensures homeless students have access to the public education system is hampered by limited staff and resources, lack of coordination, and more.


This week, I share some links about bullying, social-emotional learning, the needs of well-behaved girls, Ferguson, and more.


Disparities in school discipline and disparities in arrest rates are linked, civil rights advocates say.


Can limited vocabulary silence the better angels of students' nature? New research suggests poor speech skills may cause later behavior problems.


The police force for the nation's second largest school district will now refer most students who fight, bring tobacco products to school, or commit other minor offenses to counseling and services rather than sending them to juvenile court.


Advocates on all sides of the debates surrounding the federal school meals programs have invited members of Congress to come and see for themselves how those programs are working out.


As unrest continues in the St. Louis suburb, three of four public school districts in the area, citing concern for students' and families' safety, decided to keep their doors closed to students on Monday.


At a daylong summit, officials and experts in education discussed how best to end bullying in schools.


The fourth annual anti-bullying summit, called "Keeping Kids Safe: Opportunities and Challenges in Bullying Prevention," is taking place today at the U.S. Department of Education.


Updated: Schools in Ferguson, Mo., have delayed the first day of school as the community continues to grapple with a police shooting of an unarmed teen there.


There's a right and a wrong way to discuss the public health issue, experts say.


The nationally representative survey, conducted on behalf of the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, asked adults about child health concerns in their community and across the country.


The Jennings school district cancelled school Monday after a night of looting and riots in the area, sparked by a police shooting of an unarmed African-American teen.


When parents encourage their children to ask "why?." kids may be more interested in science later in life. How can schools engage students who didn't have that experience?


A researcher in narcissism argues self-esteem boosting efforts in schools may have increased tolerance but reduced empathy in students.


This week, we read about how health affects learning, the importance of play in brain development, a counterintuitive approach to helping at-risk students, and more.


The cliché that shooters "just snapped" devalues the importance of risk assessment, a psychologist said at the American Psychological Association convention.


Would it be better to adjust eligibility for free and reduced-price meals to account for geographic differences in cost of living?


A healthy school climate is key to making students feel welcome, safe, and engaged, Tweeters said.


Superintendent John Deasy issued a personal appeal to district leaders to keep tabs on one struggling student at risk of dropping out.


A new fact sheet details how rural districts can encourage their students to walk and bike to school.


Please join us in a Twitter chat Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET to discuss your strategies for supporting LGBT students and the barriers you face.


This week, we read about diversity, bias, school completion, and more.


Researchers say marijuana use didn't grow more significantly in states that legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes than it did elsewhere.


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