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Cappella, Elise; Hwang, Sophia H. J.; Kieffer, Michael J.; Yates, Miranda – Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 2018
Given the potential of afterschool programs to support youth in urban, low-income communities, we examined the role of afterschool classroom ecology in the academic outcomes of Latino and African American youth with and without social-behavioral risk. Using multireporter methods and multilevel analysis, we find that positive classroom ecology…
Descriptors: Urban Programs, After School Programs, Hispanic American Students, African American Students
Cappella, Elise; Hughes, Diane L.; McCormick, Meghan P. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2017
Children in late elementary and middle school tend to form friendships with same-race peers. Yet, given the potential benefits of cross-race friendships, it is important to understand the individual and contextual factors that increase the likelihood of cross-race friendship over time. Guided by contact hypothesis and systems theory, we examine…
Descriptors: Racial Relations, Friendship, Behavior Problems, Elementary School Students
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McCormick, Meghan P.; Cappella, Elise; Hughes, Diane L.; Gallagher, Emily K. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2015
Peers become increasingly influential in children's development during late childhood and early adolescence. A large body of research has documented children's proclivity for forming friendships with peers who share similar attributes to themselves, a phenomenon termed homophily. Researchers have used multiple procedures to operationalize…
Descriptors: Friendship, Measures (Individuals), Test Validity, Elementary School Students
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McCormick, Meghan P.; Cappella, Elise; O'Connor, Erin; Hill, Jennifer L.; McClowry, Sandee – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs aim to improve students' social-emotional competencies in order to enhance their achievement. Although SEL programs typically implement classroom curricula, some programs also include a component for parents. Yet, little is known about the types of parents likely to participate in services, and whether…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Urban Schools, Low Income
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O'Connor, Erin E.; Cappella, Elise; McCormick, Meghan P.; McClowry, Sandee G. – School Psychology Review, 2014
This study investigated the efficacy of the INSIGHTS into Children's Temperament intervention in supporting the academic development of shy kindergarten and first-grade children. INSIGHTS is a temperament-based intervention with teacher, parent, and classroom programs. The participants included 345 children from 22 low-income, urban elementary…
Descriptors: Shyness, Academic Achievement, Intervention, Personality
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Cappella, Elise; O'Connor, Erin E.; McCormick, Meghan P.; Turbeville, Ashley R.; Collins, Ashleigh J.; McClowry, Sandee G. – Elementary School Journal, 2015
We investigate the classwide efficacy of INSIGHTS, a universal social-emotional learning intervention for early elementary grades, on observed teacher practices and student behaviors. Twenty-two elementary schools (87% free/reduced lunch) were randomly assigned to INSIGHTS or an attention-control condition. Kindergarten and first-grade classrooms…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Comparative Analysis, Randomized Controlled Trials