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November 23, 2015

New ESEA May Use Noncognitive Traits in Accountability. Is That a Good Idea?

Draft language for a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act seems to open the door for the use of noncognitive factors and student engagement in state accountability systems. But researchers say measures of such traits are imperfect.

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.

August 24, 2015

Student Engagement, Hope Outrank Tests as Measures of Schools' Success, Poll Finds

Poll respondents ranked student engagement and hope at the top of a list of signs of schools' success, well above standardized test results.

August 20, 2015

Mindset Kit Aims to Put Research on Growth Mindset, Engagement to Work

A new set of online lessons aims to help schools and parents apply research about growth mindsets in practical ways.

August 07, 2015

Five Ways Schools Stigmatize Same-Sex and Heterosexual Adoptive Families

Adoptive families sometimes feel overlooked or stigmatized by schools, they say. And those actions can threaten to jeopardize efforts to engage parents and to make sure students feel safe and supported in the classroom.

June 23, 2015

What Do Students Need to Succeed? Guide Helps Educators Navigate the Research

A new report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research offers a framework for understanding the cognitive and non-cognitive traits students need for success as adults.

June 15, 2015

Could Parents Be Allies in Schools' Efforts to Build Growth Mindsets in Students?

New materials aim to teach parents about the research behind schools' growth mindset work.

June 11, 2015

New Federal Grant Aims to Help Schools Boost Noncognitive Skills

The Obama administration has created a new competitive grant program called "Skills for Success" aimed at helping middle school kids develop traits like grit and resilience.

April 28, 2015

Baltimore Students, Out of School After Riots, Try to Process Events

Out of school Tuesday after riots broke out in their city, Baltimore students said they hope classroom discussions will help them understand the death of Freddie Gray and the deeper challenges of poverty and racial tension.

April 24, 2015

The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): Pondering Popularity Edition

Young students answer what makes a kid popular (hint: Instagram followers). Plus, links on engagement, race, discipline, and school safety.

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