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How teacher-student relationships can foster safe schools
Strong relationships between teachers and students can help create safe learning environments, even in schools located in the most crime-ridden neighborhoods, a study by the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago finds. The study’s lead author says the findings support the mission of the city’s “Culture of Calm” program, which has seen success in pairing at-risk Chicago students with adult mentors. The continuation of the program is in question, however, as federal stimulus money dwindles. Chicago Tribune
Supporting principals in struggling schools: How teachers can help
School leadership coach Elena Aguilar, a member of the Teacher Leaders Network who works in Oakland, Calif., schools, offers ideas for supporting urban principals whose difficulties are compounded by budget cuts. She recommends that teachers verbally recognize the strengths of their school leaders or organize a day of appreciation to close the school year. Aguilar also suggests that teachers work to foster a culture of compassion in struggling schools. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org)
Empowering female students to pursue STEM subjects
About 200 female students from middle and high schools in and around Bucks County, Pa., took part in the Girls in Focus on Technology — or GIFT — Day, a seminar aimed at boosting their interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Female professionals in STEM fields attended the event, where students participated in sessions that included hands-on science experiments and technology lessons. The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pa.)
A study in the journal Prevention Science looked at 61 middle schools in Chicago and found that seven schools with better-than-expected academic results also had up to 25% lower rates of substance abuse and delinquency among students, compared with other schools. “It could be good teaching, better administration, whatever these schools are doing, if we can replicate it, it will lead to not only academic achievement but improvement in healthy behaviors as well,” lead study author Amy Tobler said. HealthDay News