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How Teachers And Families Can Support Science Learning at Home

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Early Intervention, Coaching Model

For many children, a love for learning starts before their first day of kindergarten – and an interest in science is no exception. However, for many children, barriers…

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MSU Researchers Develop Software Tool To Assess Children’s Phonological Awareness

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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Understanding sounds in language is a critical building block for child literacy, yet this skill is often overlooked. Researchers from Michigan State University have developed a new software…

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There’s an Unconscious Bias in Virtual Meetings: How You Can Avoid It

Thursday, May 14, 2020
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While employees use videoconferencing now more than ever, there’s an issue happening beneath the surface with platforms like Zoom, Teams and Skype beyond stress and mental health that’s…

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How Sleep Helps Teens Deal with Social Stress

Thursday, February 20, 2020
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A new Michigan State University study found that a good night’s sleep does adolescents good – beyond helping them stay awake in class. Adequate sleep can help teens…

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Grant Aims to Improve Depression During and After Pregnancy

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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Michigan State University has received nearly $320,000 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to improve depression among pregnant and postpartum women across Michigan through the implementation of integrated health care….

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Bridging Communication Gaps for those with Disabilities

Monday, November 18, 2019
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For those with developmental disabilities and communication challenges, struggling to interact with others can be an extremely frustrating and isolating experience. Social scientist Sarah Douglas, an assistant professor…

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Should Preschool Writing be More Communication and Less ABCs?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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Writing instruction in early education should be about more than letter formation and penmanship, argue Michigan State University researchers who found preschool teachers don’t often encourage writing for…

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Coaching Model Still Best According to Early Childhood Interventionists

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Early Intervention, Coaching Model

Researchers at Michigan State University partnered with researchers at the University of Illinois to investigate the coaching model, used by early intervention service providers, to understand how it…

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Strong Committed Relationships can Buffer Military Suicides

Monday, December 17, 2018
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Can being in a strong committed relationship reduce the risk of suicide? Researchers at Michigan State University believe so, especially among members of the National Guard. Suicide rates…

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MSU HDFS Professor Sarah Douglas Wins Major IES Grant

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
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In mid-June, Michigan State University Human Development and Family Studies professor Sarah Douglas learned that she had received a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences in the…

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