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May 02, 2016

Angela Duckworth: To Grow Students' Grit, Balance Challenges With Support

University of Pennsylvania psychology Professor Angela Duckworth released a new book on grit Monday, exploring the depths and misconceptions about her research on persistence and passion.

April 28, 2016

Teen Birth Rates Hit All-Time Low, But Disparities Persist

Births to American teenagers have dropped 40 percent in the last decade, hitting an all-time low in 2014, new federal data show. But Hispanic and black teens still have significantly higher rates than their white peers.

April 27, 2016

Can an Increase in Empathy Lead to a Drop in Suspensions?

Stanford researchers found that teachers' participation in professional development to promote empathy correlated with half as many suspensions for their students. The findings suggest that attitudes may be as important as policies in promoting healthy school climates.

March 30, 2016

New Resources Developed to Help Mentors Encourage Growth Mindsets

A new toolkit, piloted by City Year mentors, includes 12 lessons on how mentors can encourage growth mindset in those they work with.

March 27, 2016

Data Lacking About How LGBT Students Are Treated at School, Researchers Say

Expanded federal data collection about LGBT students would help illuminate school climate problems and inform efforts to find solutions, researchers say in a paper released by the Equity Project and Indiana University.

March 17, 2016

Non-Cognitive Skills: Is It Enough for Measurements to Be Valid and Reliable?

Even well-tested measures of students' non-cognitive and social-emotional skills create unknowns and potential problems when used in high-stakes accountability, a researcher writes.

October 27, 2015

Study Measures Which Teaching Traits Boost Student Agency, Mindsets

The teaching traits that help students succeed in academics aren't necessarily the ones that will help them develop resilience, agency, and growth mindsets--but teachers have to help develop both kinds, researchers say.

September 17, 2015

Walton Family Foundation Invests in Research on Measuring Grit, Character

The Walton Family Foundation will fund research on measuring and nurturing social-emotional skills and grit.

September 01, 2015

Early Patterns of Chronic Absenteeism Threaten Academic Success, Groups Say

While attendance in later grades gets a lot of attention, educators and policy makers should also be concerned about early patterns of chronic absenteeism, two groups say.

June 23, 2015

Advocates Tout L.A. Unified Budget That Restricts Spending on School Police

Advocates of restorative justice announced a victory Tuesday, as the Los Angeles Unified School District announced the reallocation of some school-policing funds toward programs meant to improve school climate.

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