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School-based screening increases identification of, treatment for depression

Nov 17, 2021

Students who participated in universal school-based depression screening were twice as likely to begin treatment compared to their peers who did not receive this screening, according to a new study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Dr. Deepa Sekhar, associate professor of pediatrics,…
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Covid-19 & the Classroom: Back to School in a Pandemic

Aug 31, 2020

As schools reopen (and don't reopen) for the fall, we're gathering a group of education experts for an #AskReuters Twitter chat. Join us Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. ET.

Researchers study impact of health care reform on child development

May 18, 2020

Education has long been associated with enhanced health and well-being in large part by allowing greater access to resources such as quality health care. With the aid of a new grant, an education professor at Penn State has started a project to study the flip side of that coin — how can health…

Penn State-led project works to help prevent violence in schools

May 12, 2020

Children in remote locations, including children in military families, can face a variety of struggles, including violence in schools and other environments. Penn State researchers developed a new publication that will assist schools in evaluating the violence prevention resources they may be using…

‘PROSPER’ Program continues to respond to families’ educational needs

Apr 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions for Pennsylvanians, including the closing of schools and the interruption of other educational programs. Penn State’s PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) project is continuing to connect and engage…

Underlying factors affect children's early reading and math achievement

Mar 16, 2020

Underlying individual and environmental factors may better explain inter-relations between children’s early reading and mathematics achievement, according to new research that fails to support prior work suggesting that increasing children’s math skills might help increase their reading skills.…

Categorical inequalities between Black and white students are common in US schools—but they don’t have to be

Feb 24, 2020

By Kenneth Shores, Ha Eun Kim, and Mela Still for Brookings The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) reports large, persistent gaps between Black and white students on educational outcomes such as school suspensions, uptake of AP classes, assignment to special education and gifted and talented…

Extent of discrimination in discipline of students with disabilities unclear

Jan 30, 2020

Federal legislation and regulation currently require U.S. schools to monitor for whether students with disabilities who are also racial or ethnic minorities are being inappropriately disciplined. Yet a new analysis of existing studies led by Paul Morgan, professor of education in the Department of…

Frankenberg rises in ranking of public influencers on education

Jan 14, 2020

Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (educational leadership) and demography, director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights, and an associate in the University's Population Research Institute, jumped 76 places to rank 87th in this year's Rick Hess Straight Up (RHSU) Edu-Scholar Public…

Shores' research on cuts in school spending leading to learning loss

Sep 30, 2019

SSRI cofunded faculty member Kenneth Shores' research into school spending cuts triggered by the Great Recession being associated with sizable losses in academic achievement for students living in counties most affected by the economic downturn, was published recently in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed…

Team wins 5-year, $1.98 million NSF grant to improve teacher preparation

Sep 10, 2019

A team of Penn State College of Education faculty led by P. Karen Murphy has won a five-year, $1.98 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the preparation of undergraduate preservice elementary teachers. Murphy, distinguished professor of education (educational…

Study: Black students less likely to be identified as having disabilities

Aug 28, 2019

Black and Latino students in the South are less likely to be identified as having learning disabilities when compared to their White peers, according to a study that will be published in a forthcoming issue of Exceptional Children. The most stark results included the number of Black students who…

Education policy studies faculty member awarded co-funded grant

Aug 26, 2019

Kelly Rosinger, assistant professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and a team of researchers were recently awarded a total of $373,590 to analyze how variations in performance-based funding (PBF)…

New studies challenge the claim that black students are sent to special ed too much

Aug 19, 2019

Column by Jill Barshay Decades of research have documented that students of color, particularly black children, are disproportionately classified by schools as having disabilities. In 2016, 12 percent of black children across the nation received services at school for disabilities ranging from…

Study shows benefits to changing students' mindsets about learning

Aug 7, 2019

A groundbreaking new experimental study with more than 12,000 ninth grade students in the United States confirmed that a low-cost online program that takes less than an hour to complete can help students develop a growth mindset — the belief that intellectual abilities are not fixed but can be…

Presidential debates launch faculty member into national spotlight

Aug 6, 2019

When Erica Frankenberg co-founded the Center of Education and Civil Rights with colleague Liliana Garces, her goal was to address the racial, ethnic, economic and linguistic segregation that continues to permeate schools across our nation. Although more than six decades have passed since school…

Why Social Science? - Because It Guides Us Toward Practical and Attainable Solutions

Aug 6, 2019

By Tom Kecskemethy, Executive Director, The American Academy of Political and Social Science The wisest quote about science that I’ve read in recent years was penned by Vanderbilt University’s Larry Bartels, in an article he wrote during the run-up to 2016 general election. He reminded us simply…

Morgan cited in new federal report on race and school discipline

Jul 23, 2019

Lauren Camera, Education Reporter, U.S. News & World Report Black students with disabilities are disciplined more often than their white peers, pushing them into the school-to-prison pipeline at higher rates, a new report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights shows – just the latest finding…

What school segregation looks like in the US today, in 4 charts

Jul 19, 2019

By Erica Frankenburg, for The Conversation Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, a senator from California, has spoken about how she benefited from attending Berkeley’s desegregated schools. “There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public…

Psychology professor named 2019 Society for Prevention Research Fellow

Jun 11, 2019

Karen L. Bierman, Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology and director of the Penn State Child Study Center in the College of the Liberal Arts, has been named a fellow of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR). SPR introduced Bierman as a fellow during the organization’s annual awards and fellows…

Course on addiction and recovery offered Fall 2019

Jun 4, 2019

An opportunity to obtain a Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) certification, a Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) certification, or a better understanding of addiction and recovery, is available for Penn State students this fall. Curriculum & Instruction 497 is a 4-credit course that…

New research details increasing segregation in a transformed school population

May 13, 2019

As the nation prepares to mark the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional, the UCLA Civil Rights Project and the Penn State Center for Education and Civil Rights today (May 10) published new research detailing…

Conference, podcast examine school segregation 65 years after Brown decision

May 6, 2019

In the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote that integrated public education was an important part of a democratic society and the "very foundation of good citizenship." Integrated schools, the court argued, would expose children to new cultures and…

National symposium to mark 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

Apr 9, 2019

To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Center for Education and Civil Rights and the Africana Research Center at Penn State will convene Brown@65, a national symposium of education, law and policy scholars and practitioners, May 10 on Penn…

Morgan to serve on ECLS technical review panel

Feb 19, 2019

Paul Morgan, director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research and PRI affiliate, has been invited to serve on the Technical Review Panel for the new Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2022-23 (ECLS-K: 2023). As a panelist, Morgan will be advising the U.S.…