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New Report from Mainstay Recommends Ways to Improve the College Experience for First-Generation Students

“When I arrived on campus as a first-year college student, the differences between me and my peers were clear. So many of my fellow classmates seemed at home, not just among the beautiful buildings and green spaces, but also with the small nuances of the higher education experience — from skillfully finding the right courses to simply approaching faculty and staff for help. As the first member of my immediate family to go to college, I very quickly realized I had a longer, more stressful road ahead than those who showed up already knowing what to expect.” Read more

Women Participating in STEM Fields

Resources Supporting Girls’ and Women’s Participation in STEM Fields

The Student Research Foundation has been pleased to partner with the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) for several years, supporting girls’ and young women’s access to, and participation in, STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  We collaborate on our annual research project, created by the Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways, engaging high school students and their teachers. Read more

How Students Qualify for the Common App Direct Admissions Program

Do Your Students Qualify for the Common App Direct Admissions Program?

If you are a teacher, a parent or a high school student, chances are you know about the familiar Common Application (“Common App”) that was first offered in 1975. It’s a great program that has allowed tens of thousands of students to apply to multiple colleges of their choice by submitting just one application.

Which colleges accept the Common App? You can find a recently updated list HERE.

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Black History Month Heroes

New Black History Month Heroes to Study in Your Classroom

National Black History Month is observed this February across the United States. How will you be celebrating in your classroom? What lessons and experiences will you offer your students?

Like many teachers, chances are you will profile and study notable African-Americans from the past. There are so many, of course, that it can be hard to decide whom to choose. Should you have your students learn more about Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Dr. Martin Luther King, John Lewis? Who, exactly? Read more

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Post-Pandemic Vigilance

How Classroom Teachers Can Know when Students are Harming Themselves . . . and What Teachers Should Do If They Are

How are students adjusting as they return to live classrooms? The answer is, they are adjusting in different ways, depending on thousands of variables that include life at home and their emotional and social maturity. Some students are simply happy to be back at their desks. Still, others are finding the transition moderately difficult. And then there are other students who are having an extremely difficult time making the transition. Read more

Checklist of Steps to Keep Students Healthy in Classrooms - Student Research Foundation

Checklist of Steps to Keep Students Healthy in Classrooms

What do schools need to do to keep students healthy during the future phases of the Covid-19 pandemic?

We recently found a list of recommendations from healthychildren.org. We like it because it covers both the well-known measures that schools should take, and also less-than-obvious steps that are easy to overlook. We recommend that you take a few minutes to review this list.

Here are some highlights. Read more

How to Build a More Resilient Classroom While Covid Isn’t Going Away - Student Research Foundation

How to Build a More Resilient Classroom While Covid Isn’t Going Away

Teachers and educators, how are you doing psychologically as year 2022 begins?

It’s a difficult period. As one teacher we know recently observed, “I was ready to be all done with the pandemic. I was ready for December 2021 to be the end of an extremely difficult period. I was expecting the mood in my classroom to suddenly become sunny and bright. I thought we would all breathe a collective sign of relief. But no, we just have to take a deep breath, find some new psychological sources of strength, and keep dealing with all kinds of difficulties. Enough already.” Read more

High School Counselor Brooke Kupcho Discuss Career Planning for Her Students and the Student Research Foundation

High School Counselor Brooke Kupcho Discusses How Her Students Build an Identity of Success

Brooke Kupcho is a student counselor in Helena Montana. In a recent video with the Student Research Foundation, she shared her insights on the process of helping students develop the self-efficacy that leads to better career choices.

You will want to watch the entire video. Here are some edited portions of what Brooke had to say.

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Help Students Build Confidence and Success as Students Return to Live Learning

What Will Build Confidence and Success as Students Return to Live Learning?

As educators, we know that students are experiencing stress and uncertainty as they return to classrooms. But what are their greatest fears?

Thanks to recent research conducted by the Student Research Foundation that you can review and share in a new infographic, we have some answers to that question. Our findings are based on comments about remote learning that high school students made on social media during Spring 2020. Their comments reflect what they missed most when learning from home. Read more

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More Summer Learning Opportunities for Teachers

We recently wrote a post about educational programs that can help teachers hone their skills and add to their credentials over the coming summer months.

Today, we would like to widen our lens a little and explore still more opportunities for teachers to learn this summer. These programs can help you get energized and ready for your classroom to open again in the fall or 2021. And you’ll be happy to hear that most of the opportunities we list below are free. Read more