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U.S. student leaders meet in Madison to address academic achievement gaps
Verona Area School District, UW-Madison host 16th annual MSAN Student Conference
An estimated 250 student leaders from high schools across 10 states will come together Oct. 7-10 for the 16th annual Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Student Conference, hosted by the Verona Area School District and the University of Wisconsin-Madison at The Madison Concourse Hotel.
This year’s theme is “Exploring Deeper Roots: Expose Roots that Cause Racial Inequities, Embrace Roots of Who You Are, and Empower to Take Action.” A broad range of students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds will be encouraged to dig deeply into their own experiences for ideas on how to eliminate barriers to learning and create a more equitable educational environment for students of color.
“As a group of educators who are predominantly white and hold power, we have to defer to the students, who are already a majority, who will become our new leaders in the future,” said Madeline Hafner, executive director of MSAN. “One of MSAN’s core principles is that we always involve students in decision-making and in creating answers to the problems that perplex us.” Read more
PRIME approach improves teacher implementation of student behavior plans
Disruptive classroom behavior across grade levels has worsened in recent years, according to teachers polled by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2012. More than half of the teachers questioned said they wish they could spend less time disciplining students.
Teachers often seek help from school psychologists to design a behavior support plan for these students. Even with a good plan in place, without continued psychologist follow-up and feedback, teachers often do not consistently continue to implement the plan. But a recent study shows that using a system called PRIME, or Planning Realistic Intervention Implementation and Maintenance by Educators, can significantly improve results.
Psychologist and educational psychology professor Tom Kratochwill, who directs the UW–Madison School Psychology Program, collaborated with Lisa Sanetti at the University of Connecticut to conduct research that helps teachers deliver behavior interventions more consistently and effectively. Read more