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Parents Volunteering at School Should Tailor Skills to Different Stages

Courtesy of Pierre Mornet
​Fewer parents are volunteering at their children's schools just as new research shows it yields benefits from better grades to lower rates of depression. Read the full Wall Street Journal article here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/parents-volunteering-at-school-should-tailor-skills-to-different-stages-1533134808 which links to a 10-year ...

Fox 7 Interview with Dr. Aprile Benner on Racial and Ethnic Bias

​Racial and Ethnic Bias and its Impact on Health and WellbeingA new study conducted by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin shows young minorities who face discrimination based on their race or ethnicity may feel the impact on their health and wellbeing. Human Development and Family Sciences Associate Professor Dr. Aprile Benner di...
Racial and Ethnic Bias Leads to Lower Well-Being Among Adolescents

Racial and Ethnic Bias Leads to Lower Well-Being Among Adolescents

Racial and ethnic discrimination is problematic for all aspects of development — from mental and physical health to risky behaviors and academic success — particularly for Latinos, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin determined after analyzing findings from hundreds of previous studies on adolescents.

Commencement Speaker Helps Shape Young Minds Through Sesame Street

Before Elmo and Cookie Monster come alive on the small screen, childhood experts like Jennifer Kotler Clarke, Vice President of Content Research & Evaluation at Sesame Workshop, conduct experiments and review data to ensure these and other Sesame Street Muppets have the intended impact on children, parents and educators all over the world.

Who Learns at the Lab School?

Reading to children at the UT Lab School. Image credited to Vivian Abagiu

Everyone's engaged in the Lab School's Pecan Room. Fledgling engineers debate the construction of a block tower. Bookworms explore bright pictures unfolded on laps. Clothing tie-dyers fiddle with the gigantic plastic mitts covering hands. Artists converse while snipping florescent straws with blunt scissors.

Schools Use Corporal Punishment Disproportionately

Schools Use Corporal Punishment Disproportionately

In parts of the 19 states where the practice is still legal, corporal punishment in schools is used as much as 50 percent more frequently on children who are African American or who have disabilities, a new analysis of 160,000 cases during 2013-2014 has found. Corporal punishment — typically striking a child with a wooden paddle — continues to be a widespread practice in disciplining children from pre-K through high school, according to a new study by Elizabeth Gershoff of The University of Texas at Austin and Sarah Font of Penn State University. The paper is published this week as a Social Policy Report by the Society for Research in Child Development.