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Student Success and improved graduation rates

New Report Suggests New Ways to Use Data to Build Student Success

“Increase the Human & Financial Benefits of Student Success Initiatives,” an important new study you can download from Civitas Learning, suggests some effective new ways that educators can use student data to improve graduation rates and foster other positive outcomes.

Although the report focuses on student success at institutions like the University of Central Oklahoma, Utah State, and Austin Community College, we feel that lessons from the report can be used to improve student success in K-12 too. Read more

Teachers Face Harder Decisions about Returning to School - Student Research Foundation

Why Teachers Who Expect Every Student to Love Every Lesson Are Setting Themselves Up for Failure

Of course, teachers want their students to enjoy everything they do in the classroom. But according to a thoughtful post, “Why Realistic Classroom Expectations Are Important” that middle school teacher Brent Modak wrote for the Asset Education blog, expecting every student to love every lesson is counterproductive. Read more

More Teachers are Leaving the Profession

In the Wake of Covid-19, More Teachers are Leaving the Profession

“Some 300,000 public-school teachers and other staff left the field between February 2020 and May 2022, a nearly 3% drop in that workforce, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Worn down by the challenges of teaching through the past few years, more educators say they are considering doing the same: A National Education Association poll conducted this year found 55% of teachers said they would leave education sooner than planned, up from 37% last August.”

  • “School’s Out for Summer and Many Teachers Are Calling It Quits” by Kathryn Dill, The Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2022

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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

Teacher Reseach Trends

Black Teachers Needed More Than Ever

Black History Month is an opportunity to remind all Americans of the important role Black teachers have played in empowering communities politically and socially. But today, it is particularly critical to convince more African Americans to join the profession. The U.S. faces a looming teacher crisis and: 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

Teacher Reseach Trends

What Kind of Support Do Teachers Need the Most During the Pandemic?

“Study: Lessons of COVID-19 underscore need for better teacher support,” an article that Barri Bronston of Tulane University published in Phys.org on November 21, 2021, notes that not only students have suffered from the pandemic. Teachers too have been chronically under-supported by their school systems. Read more

High School Teacher Trevor Muir talking about Student Research Foundation

Teacher Trevor Muir on Why Soft Skills Are the Most Important Career Skills of All

High school teacher Trevor Muir believes that soft skills that are developed in project-based learning could be even more vital to success in technology-intensive fields than hard skills like chemistry or mathematics.

Trevor explained why in a recent video he shared with the Student Research Foundation. Read more

Make Informed Career Choices

How Ready Are Your Students to Make Informed Career Choices?

The Student Research Foundation Invites teachers to take part in our new teacher survey on student readiness

If you teach high school, chances are one question has often been on your mind . . . Read more