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Arts and Cognition Monograph: Effects of Music Instruction

Our research examined the relationship between cognitive systems that underlie music and mathematical abilities. Specifically, we undertook studies to determine whether, when children or adolescents produce music—comparing and operating on melodies, harmonies, and rhythms—they activate brain systems that also enable them to compare and operate on representations of number and geometry.

Arts and Cognition Monograph: Effects of Music Instruction

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The Effect of Afterschool Program Participation on English Language Acquisition

In the past quarter century, the nation’s K-12 public schools have experienced a large influx of students who speak languages other than English. Research has shown that many factors affect how English learner (EL) students acquire English language skills, including their preparation before entering U.S. schools, their out-of-school environments, and schools’ educational practices. High-quality afterschool programs offer many benefits, including academic achievement, but research has not focused specifically on the effects of afterschool programs on English language development. The literatures ...

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The Teen Brain

NPR writer Richard Knox published an article on the teenage brain to help answer the question many parents ask their teenagers, “What were you thinking?” Pediatric Neurologist Frances Jensen learned that the question is not what teens think but rather how. The teenage brain itself is not fully developed yet, and a crucial part of the brain, the frontal lobes, are not fully connected. Jensen says, “It’s the part of the brain that says: ‘Is this a good idea? What is ...

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Some Stats for Your Back-to-School

U.S. News reports some different statistics, along with charts and graphs, of issues concerning youth in America.

 

Some Stats for Your Back-to-School

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Supporting Autonomy in the Classroom: Ways Teachers Encourage Student Decision Making and Ownership

In addition to classroom activities, teachers provide personal and instructional supports meant to facilitate the developing sense of student autonomy. In this article, we offer a way of thinking about autonomy-supportive practices that suggests that such practices can be distinguished at a featural level and that different practices may in fact have different outcomes in terms of student classroom behavior. Specifically, we propose that autonomy support can be manifested in the classroom in at least 3 distinct ways: organizational autonomy ...

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This is your child’s brain on reading

When parents read to their children the difference shows in children’s behavior and academic performance. And according to a new study, the difference also shows in their brain activity.

Researchers looked at children ages 3 to 5 who underwent brain scans called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while listening to a pre-recorded story. The parents answered questions about how much they read to, and communicated with, their children.

 

This is your child’s brain on reading

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How Stories Change the Brain

Why are we so attracted to stories? My lab has spent the last several years seeking to understand why stories can move us to tears, change our attitudes, opinions and behaviors, and even inspire us—and how stories change our brains, often for the better. Here’s what we’ve learned.

 

How Stories Change the Brain

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Addressing the College Readiness Challenge in High-Poverty High Schools

Inadequate college preparation in elementary and secondary school creates a significant barrier to postsecondary education among students living in poverty, a report from CLASP finds. Based on an analysis of the  hundred largest school districts in the United States, the report, Course, Counselor, and Teacher Gaps: Addressing the College Readiness Challenge in High-Poverty High Schools (17 pages, PDF), highlights the stark differences in the quality of preparation students receive in high-poverty schools compared with students in ...

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Children’s Budget 2015

The federal government makes more than 200 distinct investments in children. These include traditional children’s initiatives like education and child abuse and neglect prevention. They also include other investments that improve the lives of kids, like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps).

Children’s Budget 2015 offers a detailed guide to federal spending on children and an invaluable resource for those seeking to improve the lives of America’s youth.

 

Children’s Budget 2015

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Learning from Live Theater

Our goal in pursuing research on the effects of culturally enriching field trips is to broaden the types of measures
that education researchers, and in turn policymakers and practitioners, consider when judging the educational success or failure of schools. It requires significantly greater effort to collect new measures than to rely solely on state-provided math and reading tests, but we believe that this effort is worthwhile. By broadening the measures used to assess educational outcomes, we can also learn what ...

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On The High School Diploma: A ‘Bilingual’ Stamp Of Approval?

In the 1920s, Aurora Orozco crossed over from Mexico to Texas — a child of African descent who spoke not a word of English. She was an uneasy transplant. Many years later, in an essay published in 1999, she recalled attitudes towards students who were caught speaking Spanish in school: “My teacher, Mrs. White, would make me stay after class. With a red rubber band, she would hit my poor hands until they nearly bled.” Today’s students don’t have it so ...

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Biking across America to teach pop-up science classes

On April 17, the two UCLA alums will embark on an eco-friendly cross-country road trip, pedaling their bicycles over 3,800 miles from San Francisco to New York City. Along the way, they’ll make pit stops to teach middle school students quick lessons in physics, solar power, and renewable energy.

 

Biking across America to teach pop-up science classes

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