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ICYMI: Most read by educators

What’s trending? From teen depression to gifted programs, don’t miss these most-read stories.

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How to spot signs of dyslexia in students

Educators should carefully consider students’ reading abilities to determine whether those who are struggling have dyslexia, suggests Donell Pons, a reading and dyslexia specialist in Salt Lake City. In this blog post, Pons shares several strategies to help make this evaluation, including looking for students who avoid reading aloud and have difficulty spelling.

Full Story: SmartBrief/Education

Better negative emotion differentiation lowers teen depression risk

Researchers found that adolescents with high negative emotion differentiation were less likely to experience depression symptoms after undergoing a stressful situation, compared with those with low NED. The findings in the journal Emotion were based on data involving 233 teens.

Full Story: United Press International

How incarceration affects youths’ development

The violence, stress and isolation that comes from incarceration can have a negative effect on the brains of young people, according to neuroscientist B.J. Casey of Yale University. Casey says brain development could be affected for the estimated 53,000 youths who are in US jails, prisons or other types of facilities.

Full Story: Science News for Students

District closing gaps in gifted, talented programs

A Colorado school district launched a pilot program in 2018 aimed at bringing enrollment among black and Hispanic students in gifted and talented programs more in line with their population in the student body. Under the program, which has shown gains, the district altered how it screens students for such programs.

Full Story: The Aurora Sentinel (Colo.)

Classroom management to support the whole child

Teachers should work to establish classrooms that are safe places for students to learn communication and problem-solving skills, writes Dina Strasser of EL Education. Strasser offers three classroom-management tips to help teachers support the whole child, including adopting restorative practices.

Full Story: MiddleWeb

Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.


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