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New Orleans’ school reforms harmful to black community, scholars say

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2015

By most media accounts, education reform in post-Katrina New Orleans is a success. Test scores and graduation rates are up, and students once trapped in failing schools have their choice of charter schools throughout the city.

Published Date: May 1, 2015


A study led by Dorothy L. Espelage, the Gutgsell Endowed Professor of child development and Hardie Scholar, found that the popular social-emotional learning program Second Step effectively reduced peer aggression among youths with disabilities.

Program reduces bullying by students with disabilities, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 31, 2015

Bullying perpetration decreased by 20 percent over a three-year period among youths with disabilities who participated in a social and emotional learning program, a new study found.

Published Date: March 31, 2015


The education experts cited in media stories and blog posts may have little background in research or education policy, suggests a new study by, left, curriculum specialist Joel R. Malin and education professor Christopher Lubienski, both at the University of Illinois.

Education 'experts' may lack expertise, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:February 20, 2015

The education experts cited in media stories and blog posts may have little background in research or education policy, suggests a new study by, left, curriculum specialist Joel R. Malin and education professor Christopher Lubienski, both at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: February 20, 2015


Half as many girls in Illinois are preparing for careers in STEM, according to a study by, from left, curriculum specialist Joel Malin, doctoral student Asia Fuller Hamilton, and director Donald Hackmann of the Pathways Resource Center.

Illinois trailing other states in girls studying science, math

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:February 4, 2015

A new study found Illinois educators and lawmakers have homework to do to figure out why fewer girls at the state’s high schools study subjects associated with careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields than their peers in other states.

Published Date: February 4, 2015


Dorothy L. Espelage, the Gutgsell Endowed Professor of child development in the College of Education, led a study that examined the efficacy of the popular social-emotional learning program Second Step.

Popular anti-bullying program may have mixed results, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:January 16, 2015

A curricula that is widely used by U.S. schools to diminish bullying and other forms of aggression shows promise at reducing gender- and sexual-based violence. However, the program’s efficacy may vary between geographic regions, and it may not directly reduce bullying, physical aggression and victimization, a new study found.

Published Date: January 16, 2015