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Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
Discusses literature on student disengagement in school and efforts to improve student engagement in learning. Includes list of standards for engaged learning. (PKP)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Student Alienation, Student Participation
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
Studies show that 40 percent of youth who begin drinking before age 13 are classified as alcohol dependent at some point in their lives. Explores three theories about adolescents' alcohol use, describes a national intervention program, lists warning signs of early drinking, and offers a policy preventing early drinking. (MLF)
Descriptors: Adolescent Behavior, Alcohol Education, Alcoholism, Elementary Secondary Education
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
Reviews research on causes of aggressive behavior in children and adolescents. Highlights sex differences in aggressive behavior. Describes several aggression intervention and prevention programs. (PKP)
Descriptors: Aggression, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention, Sex Differences
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
Almost 15 percent of children from 6 to 19 years old have some degree of hearing loss in one or both ears. Offers guidelines for screening students' hearing and recommends that interventions begin with classroom acoustics, which affect all children including those with normal hearing. Includes strategies for accommodating hearing-impaired…
Descriptors: Acoustical Environment, Acoustics, Auditory Evaluation, Auditory Tests
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
Many teachers feel overwhelmed about meeting the needs of students getting ready for tests, and about relations with principals. Four exceptionally high-stress factors that teachers admit carrying into their classrooms are money management, health, relationships, and care giving. A sidebar lists tips for administrators to help alleviate teachers'…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Principals, Stress Management
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
Discusses research on the cost and benefits of government-funded universal preschool education. (Contains 12 references.) (PKP)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Equal Education, Federal Aid, Preschool Education
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
Performance assessment, unlike a multiple-choice or true-false test, requires students to perform a task or generate a response. This article promotes performance assessment as a way to measure student learning. It contains research findings, principles of performance assessment, seven steps toward performance assessment, and seven references.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Constructed Response, Educational Improvement
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
Describes research examining the use and misuse of tests to screen children for kindergarten readiness. Describes school-readiness policies developed in Maryland. Suggests steps districts can take to develop appropriate procedures to determine a child's kindergarten readiness. (PKP)
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Screening Tests
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
Reviews reports on the role of the school nurse in supporting student academic success. Includes efforts to alleviate shortages of school nurses, the multifaceted role of the school nurse, and the results of Missouri's statewide plan to improve nurse-provided student health services. (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Child Health, Comprehensive School Health Education, Educational Research
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2003
To uphold constitutionally approved teaching about religion (and refrain from unconstitutional religious indoctrination), schools are advised to adopt an approach that is academic, not devotional. Other responsibilities include, making sure that students' beliefs--especially those who are not religious or are otherwise in the minority--are never…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Courts, Federal Legislation
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2002
Eating disorders among teens and younger children have reached epidemic levels. The school's primary role in helping students who may have eating disorders is referring them to specialists. Schools can also help students learn good eating habits and designate a resource person to serve as a liaison with community medical and mental health…
Descriptors: Anorexia Nervosa, Body Weight, Bulimia, Eating Disorders
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2002
Describes findings of several studies examining the influence of peer pressure on children and adolescents and what schools can do to help alleviate that pressure, especially among adolescents. (PKP)
Descriptors: Adolescent Behavior, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Role, Peer Influence
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2002
Discusses research on the use of paraprofessionals, aides, and assistants in schools. Describes several school-district career-ladder and instructional programs for paraprofessionals. Finds paraprofessionals contribute to student achievement. (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Ladders, Elementary Secondary Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2002
Reviews selected research on the benefits of student involvement in extracurricular activities, especially in small schools. (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Economically Disadvantaged, Extracurricular Activities, Life Satisfaction
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2002
Summarizes research on the causes of school vandalism, especially connection with educational environment. Suggests ways (with examples) for schools to prevent vandalism. Describes three core principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. (PKP)
Descriptors: Crime Prevention, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, School Vandalism
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