The following resources focus on the educational climate and betterment of those serving the K–12 educational community.

Kids Who Suffer Hunger in First Years Lag Behind Their Peers in School  Growing up in a hungry household in the first couple of years of life can hurt how well a child performs in school years later, according to a new study. (NPR, March 23)

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class  Sit still. It’s the mantra of every classroom. But that is changing as evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools. (New York Times, March 21)

Implementing the Extended Day Policy at Low Performing Elementary Schools  Since 2014, Florida law has required the 300 elementary schools with the lowest reading performance to provide supplemental reading instruction through an extended school day. This study found that increased professional development and curricular and pedagogic changes were indirect benefits of implementation.  (Regional Education Laboratory Program)

Later School Start Times Catch on Nationwide  Many district administrators seem to agree that teenagers need more sleep. A new study released in February indicates that attendance and graduation rates may match the science, too. (District Administration, March 28)

Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores?  As detailed in a recent paper, economists set out to determine whether healthier school lunches affect student achievement as measured by test scores. (Atlantic, March 22)