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The next juvenile justice reform
The New York Times
Research has long shown that locking up young people puts them at greater risk of dropping out of school, joining the unemployment line and becoming permanently entangled in the criminal justice system. States and municipalities have thus been sending fewer young offenders to juvenile institutions and more of them to community-based programs that keep them connected to their families and reduce the risk that they will engage in further crime. The number of children held in custody plummeted from about 107,000 in 1995 to less than 71,000 in 2010 and is still falling.
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Study: Language problems common for kids with ADHD
HealthDay News via WebMD
Children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are nearly three times more likely to have language problems than kids without ADHD, according to new research. And those language difficulties can have far-reaching academic consequences, the study found. The study, published online April 21 in Pediatrics, looked at 6- to 8-year-olds with and without ADHD in Australia. "We found that 40 percent of children in the ADHD group had language problems, compared to 17 percent of children in the 'control' group," said Emma Sciberras, a clinical psychologist and post-doctoral research fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Victoria, Australia. "Rates of language problems were similar in boys and girls with ADHD," she added.
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Beyond the standardized test: Aim higher
Edutopia
Standardized testing is one of the "lighting rod" issues in educational policy debates. Whether it's a group of teachers boycotting a test in Seattle, districts across the United States tying teacher evaluations to test results, the new PARCC or Smarter Balanced Assessments being implemented, the ranking countries with PISA scores, or the SAT trying to revamp itself, the debate and topic of standardized testing simply will not go away. So what is an educator to do? With all these forces in play, whether at the district or federal level, it can be disheartening and daunting for an educator to create learning in the classroom.
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Study: Teaching social skills raises test scores
District Administration Magazine
A widely used K-6 teaching technique that integrates social and emotional learning into the school day improves academic performance, according to a study published in the American Educational Research Journal in March. Though the approach, known as Responsive Classroom, has been used for some 25 years, this is the first comprehensive study of its impact on student achievement.
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Study: Teaching social skills raises test scores
District Administration Magazine
A widely used K-6 teaching technique that integrates social and emotional learning into the school day improves academic performance, according to a study published in the American Educational Research Journal in March.

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Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
Education Week
One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.

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In plain language: 5 big FAQ's about dyslexia
Psychology Today
Psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists are unraveling the mysteries of dyslexia. But if you are a parent, teacher or caregiver, it may be hard to read and comprehend the latest research.

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How engaged are students and teachers in American schools?
MindShift
Gallup recently released a major report on the State of American Schools. Their data paints a picture of schools performing as a complex ecosystem, with the wellbeing, engagement, and performance of teachers, students and principals all intertwined. The report combines decades of surveys of 5 million American teachers and principals with the results of the Gallup Student Poll, now billed as the largest survey of American students with 600,000 5th through 12th grade participants, and several large follow-up studies. Gallup's also drawing on its background developing the Employee Engagement Survey, which has been administered to a total of almost 30 million people in all professions.
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Scientists open new avenues for research into ADHD and other attention-related problems
Medical News Today
In a new study, Indiana University cognitive scientists Catarina Vales and Linda Smith demonstrate that children spot objects more quickly when prompted by words than if they are only prompted by images. Language, the study suggests, is transformative: more so than images, spoken language taps into children's cognitive system, enhancing their ability to learn and to navigate cluttered environments. As such the study, published in the journal Developmental Science, opens up new avenues for research into the way language might shape the course of developmental disabilities such as ADHD, difficulties with school, and other attention-related problems.
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Common Core: Honoring the societal contract of success through education
U.S. News & World Report (commentary)
With the adoption of Common Core, teachers actually have more freedom than ever before on how to teach. The standards allow for multiple representations of concepts and place teachers in the role of facilitators while students create and discover their own learning. Not all educators are on board with Common Core. Some point to a lack of teacher training, and others express uncertainty about assessments. While both concerns are valid, neither warrants putting a stop to the amazing impact these standards will have on our students' development.
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State tells schools how to start implementing new laws on dyslexia
Press of Atlantic City
The New Jersey Department of Education has notified schools districts about how they should begin implementing new laws to address dyslexia and other reading disabilities. Advocates who fought to get the laws said they are a beginning, but more should also be done to also make parents aware of the laws and services for their children.
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Bullying's terrible legacy: How childhood stress can change our genes forever
The Huffington Post
The memories of seventh grade have mostly receded from view for most of us. How well can you recall the faces of your fellow students? Can you summon the names of the teachers, the secretary, and the principal? Can you hear the way the bell sounded? Maybe it's all strikingly clear. Or maybe, over time, your middle-school years have been lost in the fog of so many other childhood memories. Either way, you’re carrying it all with you.
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