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Research: Video Chats Can Help Foster Learning for Preschoolers

As virus cases surge, and schools yo-yo between in-person and remote models, educators, along with other experts in the field, are confronting a perplexing dilemma: Can a quality preschool education be conducted online when overwhelming evidence suggests that face-to-face learning is the best option for this age group? Read more ›

Digital Self Harm: Is It on the Rise?

In an online forum, a message appears.

It contains a threat against a student from an anonymous source. The person spotting it reports it to a school official, the website or police. After a short investigation, the findings are disturbing. The perpetrator who posted it is actually the student engaging in an act of digital self-harm … or cyberbullying themselves. Read more ›

Student Voices in the Time of COVID

The National Education Association and National PTA commissioned a series of online focus groups to survey American public school students in grades 7-12 about the unprecedented challenges they are facing. Read more ›

Study: Teens with Negative Body Image May Experience Depression as Adults

Adolescence is fraught with stressful changes, and the developing body can be one of those challenges, especially if a teen’s body doesn’t meet society’s — or that teen’s — standards.

Negative body image can threaten mental health, according to new research that found teenagers who were dissatisfied with their bodies tended to experience depression as adults.
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Thanks to Teachers, Learning Loss This Year Was Not As Bad As Projected, NWEA Finds

When it comes to learning loss during COVID-19, the question is not whether it has happened, but how much. A new report out from NWEA, a non-profit assessment organization, offers insight into just how steep the so-called COVID slide has been so far.

The good news is that students learned a lot more doing remote learning than education groups projected they would. The bad news is students still learned notably less than they would have in a typical year. Read more ›

Faculty Pandemic Stress Is Now Chronic

The early days of the pandemic took a toll on faculty members, but for many, peak stress is now, according to a new study of faculty mental health from Course Hero. Researchers for the study website surveyed hundreds of faculty members on and off the tenure track, across institution types, this fall. Read more ›

Report: Scant Improvements to Remote Learning

School districts’ responses to the pandemic continue to be thrown off course by leaders’ assumption that things will soon return to “normal,” researchers at the Center on Reinventing Public Education conclude in their latest snapshot of reopening plans in 100 U.S. school systems. Read more ›

What the Data Say About Asymptomatic COVID Infections

How many people don’t experience any symptoms after becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2? And what is their role in spreading COVID-19? These have been key questions since the beginning of the pandemic. Read more ›

Improving LGBTQ Representation in Curriculum Reduces Stigma, Bullying

LGBTQ students who go to a school with a GSA on campus reported they were bullied less often on points aside from their gender or sexual orientation. Read more ›

What the Research Says About the Academic Power of Friendship

Recent research has confirmed two things many teachers have long believed to be true. First, social-emotional benefits and academic ones don’t operate in isolation. Second, friendships in elementary school can be harnessed to drive academic growth. Read more ›

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