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How schools can optimise support for children with ADHD

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“New research gives the clearest guidance yet on how schools can best support children with ADHD to improve symptoms and maximise their academic outcomes. The study, led by the University of Exeter and involving researchers at the EPPI-Centre (University College London), undertook a systematic review which analysed all available research into non-medication measures to support children with ADHD in schools. Published in Review of Education, the paper found that interventions which include one-to-one support and a focus on self-regulation improved academic outcomes.” (more)

Bilingual education prepares children for a multicultural world

Education Dive – Jeannette Acevedo-Isenberg

“Our world is more multilingual and multicultural than ever before. Studies show that the earlier a child is exposed to a second language, the greater the likelihood he or she will gain proficiency. Recent studies also show that students in bilingual education programs outperform their peers in attention and reading.” (more)

K12 curriculum roundup: More than words

District Administration – Emily Ann Brown

“Learning about other people’s beliefs and behaviors—as students examine their own traditions and norms—establishes an “equity” mindset of embracing differences, says Van Houten, a task force chair for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The need to communicate with someone who speaks a different language or has a different culture may emerge at any time. Knowing more than one language and culture equips students to know how, when and what to say, she says.” (more)

Narrow STEM Focus In Schools May Hurt Long-Term

Education Next – Jay P. Greene

“Education policy leaders have been obsessed with STEM for many years now. They note the relatively high salaries of students who complete school with STEM skills. And industry leaders repeatedly complain about the chronic shortages of skilled workers in technical fields. If only our schools could produce more graduates with these technical skills, we could help address industry’s needs as well as launch students into lucrative careers.” (more)

We need to reach children before they decide university isn’t for them

The Guardian – Christopher Birchall

“Traditionally, universities looking to widen access have focused on secondary aged children preparing to take their next step in education. This is certainly an important moment in a young person’s life, but in many cases it may be too late to shape their decision-making. Universities are looking to solve problems which can become entrenched far earlier in a child’s education.” (more)

Bilingual education – a competitive advantage

Re:Locate Magazine – Andrew Coombe

“Dr Ellen Bialystok, professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada, has been studying the advantages of bilingualism for almost 40 years. In 2013, Dr Bialystok found that regularly using more than one language can enhance cognitive abilities in some surprising areas. For example, bilingual learners tend to have greater working memory. In other words, the brain’s capacity to temporarily hold information, which is important for reasoning and decision making.” (more)