Trauma and Teaching: Methods for Supporting Teachers and Students
This literature review defined terms associated with trauma, explored the academic impact of trauma on students, and identified research-based strategies for best supporting students. Subsequently, the report summarized the limited research on teachers and trauma and described research outside the field of education, providing a lens to potential support structures that can also help teachers.
Does Participation in School-Sponsored Track and Field Impact Attendance, Academic Achievement, and Discipline?
This report includes a literature review of current, peer-reviewed scholarly research that provides a frame and lens through which to view the potential role that physical activity plays in promoting students’ success inside and outside of their classrooms. Data analysis using district data also provides insight into the impact of sports on students in this district.
School Start Times
This report uses the large amount of research available (30 years) regarding sleep rhythm and circadian neuroscience to show school start times has an impact on students’ overall learning and health. Within this report, the biology of sleep and the impacts of sleep loss are addressed. Information from other school districts who have shifted their school start times in response to this research is included and suggestions for addressing common concerns related to changing school schedules, including bussing, after-school activities, and safety, and recommendations for engaging the school community in the process of making school start time changes are also provided.