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Enrichment Programs Help Children Build Knowledge

Enrichment Programs Help Children Build Knowledge

New research suggests enrichment programs help children solidify the information they have added to their wall of knowledge and may help prevent summer slide.

Study Finds Government Policies Push Schools to Prioritize Creating Better Test-Takers Over Better People

Study Finds Government Policies Push Schools to Prioritize Creating Better Test-Takers Over Better People

Personal growth and job skills have taken a backseat to an increased focus on standardized test scores in schools across the nation, according to new research.

Young Children Can Learn Math Skills from Intelligent Virtual Characters

Young Children Can Learn Math Skills from Intelligent Virtual Characters

A new study examined whether young children’s verbal engagement with an onscreen interactive media character could boost their math skills. 

Should Preschool Writing Be More Communication and Less ABCs?

Should Preschool Writing Be More Communication and Less ABCs?

Researchers found preschool teachers don’t often encourage writing for communication purposes. Should writing instruction in early education be more than letter formation and penmanship? 

Vision May Be the Real Cause of Children's Problems

Vision May Be the Real Cause of Children's Problems

Are you a little clumsy sometimes? Do you or your child struggle to read, write or do math? Maybe vision is the real root of the problem.

Study Shows Approach Can Help English Learners Improve at Math Word Problems

Study Shows Approach Can Help English Learners Improve at Math Word Problems

Study shows how an evidence-based method of helping students understand the language and information of word problems can boost their math achievement.

Achievement Gaps May Explain Racial Overrepresentation in Special Education

Achievement Gaps May Explain Racial Overrepresentation in Special Education

School districts may be flagged as over-identifying students of color as having disabilities when other factors, such as achievement gaps, may explain these disparities.

Researchers Gather Most Promising Interventions Addressing 'Word Gap'

Researchers Gather Most Promising Interventions Addressing 'Word Gap'

Researchers bring together 18 language-intervention research and empirical studies that address the word gap, the inequities in early experience with language that can place some children at a disadvantage. 

Do Girls Read Better Than Boys? If So, Gender Stereotypes May Be to Blame

Do Girls Read Better Than Boys? If So, Gender Stereotypes May Be to Blame

Researchers examined the relation between classmates’ gender stereotypes and individual students’ reading outcomes to shed light on how these stereotypes contribute to the gender gap in reading. 

Moderate Exercise Can Benefit Memory Performance

Moderate Exercise Can Benefit Memory Performance

Moderate intensity exercise such as brisk walking, water aerobics or cycling can have the most beneficial effect on memory performance.

Testing During Studying Improves Memory and Inference

Testing During Studying Improves Memory and Inference

Learning something new? Take a test! Research shows that taking a test is more effective than other ways of studying when learning and making inferences.

High-Quality Teacher–Child Interactions Predict Children's Learning Outcomes

High-Quality Teacher–Child Interactions Predict Children's Learning Outcomes

Most early childhood instructional alignment initiatives focus on the use of curricula, instructional practices, learning standards and assessments. But is it enough?