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Could PD lead to better student writing?

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Certain teacher professional development could have a positive impact on academic writing by English learners in grades 7-12, according to a study from the University of California, Irvine. Students of teachers who participated in the Pathway Project, which includes 46 hours of training in the “cognitive strategies” instructional approach, scored higher on an academic writing assessment and had higher pass rates on the California High School Exit Exam than students whose teachers did not receive the training.”(more)

Children and youth learning English require better support for academic success

Phys.org – Staff Writer

“Despite their potential, many English learners (ELs)—who account for more than 9 percent of K-12 enrollment in the U.S.—lag behind their English-speaking monolingual peers in educational achievement, in part because schools do not provide adequate instruction and social-emotional support to acquire English proficiency or access to academic subjects at the appropriate grade level, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Moreover, early care and education providers, educational administrators, and teachers are not given appropriate training to foster desired educational outcomes for children and youth learning English.”(more)

Working memory as key to preventing misdiagnoses, overrepresentation of minorities in special education

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Researchers have found a link to growth in working memory and growth in English-language reading among young English-language learning students. The findings suggest better assessment and education that considers second language acquirement, and not just curriculum, could help prevent misdiagnoses of learning disabilities in minority students.”(more)

Bilingual babies ‘learn languages faster’

The Straits Times – Amelia Teng

“Babies exposed to two languages at the same time can master the rules of each language faster than monolingual babies, a new study by National University of Singapore (NUS) psychologists has found. They are able to differentiate between English and Chinese, and hearing both languages in their first year does not confuse them…The study’s findings are reassuring for parents concerned that exposing their infants to two languages would confuse them, or delay development in one language, said Prof Singh. The study found that bilingual babies have a six-month head start compared with their monolingual peers…”(more)

Just 20 More Minutes Of Sleep Could Boost Your Kids’ Grades

The Huffington Post – Sarah DiGiulio

“Here’s one more reason kids’ bedtimes matter so much. A new study published in the journal Sleep Medicine found that teaching kids about the importance of sleep allowed them to get nearly 20 minutes more of it per night. What’s more, to the researchers’ surprise, that extra 20 minutes in bed yielded higher grades in both math and English on students’ report cards. According to its author, this study sends a clear message to parents to prioritize their kids’ sleep. “Sleep should not be negotiated every night, and there should be a consistent bedtime every night. Teach kids that sleep is a priority,” advised psychologist Reut Gruber, director of the Attention Behavior and Sleep Lab at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and associate professor in faculty of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. “Make sure kids go to bed at a time that allows them sufficient sleep duration, even in the presence of competing activities and priorities,” she added.”(more)