A few Pennsylvania schools are using creative therapists in music, art or dance to support students' social skills and address behavioral issues. Creative therapies can help students who can't verbalize their trauma experiences, especially for things that happened before age 4, says Natalie Carlton, director of art therapy and counseling at Drexel University.
Universal preschool programs may offer more academic benefits than "targeted" programs that serve mostly low-income students, according to a study by Dartmouth College economist Elizabeth Cascio. Data show a significant increase in reading skills and a positive, but not statistically significant effect, on math skills.
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While minorities make up 35% of the student body in Massachusetts, only 8% of the teaching workforce are minorities, according to state data. Several factors complicate the recruitment and retention process, including salaries and competition for minority educators, some experts suggest.
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The location of a student's smartphone during testing could affect performance, according to the findings of a joint research project. Data show test performance was highest for those whose phones were located in a separate room versus on their desks or in their pockets or bags.
A settlement reached in the wake of the Flint, Mich., water crisis includes universal disability screenings for students who may have been affected by high levels of lead in the water. It's estimated that around 30,000 school-aged children were exposed to higher lead levels beginning in 2014.
A small study of 17 young adults with autism suggests that evidence-based interventions may modify behavior and brain functioning beyond childhood. The adults took part in a virtual-reality training program of social scenarios and received real-time feedback from clinicians as they went through the program.