A missing link in efforts to close the achievement gap

March 18, 2010 at 12:46 am 1 comment

Via the Bay Area Edupreneurs list-serve:

Equity Matters Research Review No. 6

Healthier Students Are Better Learners:

A Missing Link in Efforts to Close the Achievement Gap

NATIONAL–Healthier Students Are Better Learners brings together the most recent findings in fields ranging from neuroscience and child development to epidemiology and public health. Charles Basch focuses on “educationally relevant health disparities” in seven areas — vision; asthma; teen pregnancy; aggression and violence; physical activity; breakfast; and inattention and hyperactivity — that disproportionately affect the educational opportunities and outcomes of urban minority youth. He argues that unless they are addressed in a coordinated fashion at the federal, state and local levels, efforts to close the education achievement gap will be compromised. Nevertheless, he strongly emphasizes that while these seven areas are important, “the expectation is not that every urban public school should have the same priorities,” and priorities may vary according to local need and capacity.

Link: http://www.equitycampaign.org/i/a/document/12557_EquityMattersVol6_Web03082010.pdf


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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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