Anya Kamenetz

School Bullying Is Down. Why Don’t Students Believe It?

Read this article if you’re having a rough day. This is a rare story about positive social change.

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Why Having One Black Teacher Could Help Keep Black Students In School

How important is it to have a role model?
A new working paper puts some numbers to that question.
Having just one black teacher in third, fourth or fifth grade reduced low-income black boys’ probability of dropping out of high school by 39 percent, the study found.
And by high school, African-American students, both boys and girls, who had one African-American teacher had much stronger expectations of going to college. Keep in mind, this effect was observed seven to ten years after the experience of having just one black teacher.

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A Surprising Explanation For Why Some Immigrants Excel In Science

Seventeen-year-old Indrani Das just won the top high school science prize in the country. Das, who lives in Oradell, N.J., took home $250,000 from the former Intel Science Talent Search, now the Regeneron Science Talent Search, for her study of brain injuries and neuron damage. In her spare time, she’s already working with patients as a certified EMT.

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How Socioeconomic Diversity In Schools Helps All Students

“Millions of poor, disadvantaged students are trapped in failing schools.”
So said President Trump at the White House recently. It’s a familiar lament across the political spectrum, so much so that you could almost give it its own acronym : PKTIFS (Poor Kids Trapped In Failing Schools).
Where there’s no consensus, however, is on the proper remedy for PKTIFS.

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What Writing Wikipedia Entries Can Teach Students About Digital Literacy

Fake news has been, well, in the news a lot lately. But for the world’s largest crowdsourced encyclopedia, it’s nothing new.
“Wikipedia has been dealing with fake news since it started 16 years ago,” notes LiAnna Davis, deputy director of the Wiki Education Foundation.

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain of a Bilingual Child?

Part of our ongoing series exploring how the U.S. can educate the nearly 5 million students who are learning English.
Brains, brains, brains. One thing we’ve learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is really making use of the latest neuroscience findings.

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3 Types of College Friendships That Matter For Student Success

Like many people, I absolutely cherish the close friendships I forged in college, nearly mumble-mumble years ago. But we rarely think about how these friendships might affect the path to graduation. If anything, students are typically advised to avoid social distractions and keep their eyes on the academic prize instead.

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What Do Teachers Need to Truly Challenge Every Kid in the Classroom?

They read a book quietly under their desks, pester the teacher for extra credit, or, perhaps, they simply check out and act up.
Every classroom has a few overachievers who perform above their grade level and don’t feel challenged by the status quo. A new report suggests they are surprisingly common — in some cases, nearly half of all students in a given grade.

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Why Teachers Say Practicing Mindfulness Is Transforming The Work

Garrison Institute looks a little like Hogwarts. The retreat center is housed in a former monastery amid tranquil green hills overlooking the Hudson River, 60 miles north and a world away from New York City.
Inside the airy chapel on a recent summer afternoon, about 35 educators from the U.S. and at least five foreign countries are seated quietly, shoes off.

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The Connections Between Computer Use and Learning Outcomes in Students

A group of recent studies on technology in education, across a wide range of real-world settings, have come up far short of a ringing endorsement.
The studies include research on K-12 schools and higher ed, both blended learning and online, and show results ranging from mixed to negative. A deeper look into these reports gives a sense that, even as computers become ubiquitous in classrooms, there’s a lot we still don’t know — or at least that we’re not doing to make them effective tools for learning.
First, a quick overview of the studies and their results:

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