Research: Students perform better with a later start

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Liz WillenDear reader,

A high school student who wrote about his life on zoom told me he sets his alarm clock for five minutes before it’s time to turn on the computer and start class. No surprise, as the natural rhythm of many teenagers can make mornings impossible, as they did in my household. When kids go back into classrooms, though, it may be time to consider a growing body of research showing students perform better with a later start.
 
And yet, as columnist Jill Barshay explains this week, it’s a bit complicated,  although advocates for later start times are hoping for an adjustment. On the higher-ed front this week, columnist Andre Perry welcomes President Joe Biden’s new push to invest both in community colleges and in facilities at HBCUs and other institutions that serve minorities, while Olivia Sanchez (our newest higher-education reporter) looks at ideas for revamping Pell Grants.
 
Finally, we bring you some reflections from teachers on how to talk about race and police violence in the wake of Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict. As always, we also want to hear what is on your mind.

Liz Willen, Editor
 
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Main Idea 

PROOF POINTS: Later school start time gave small boost to grades but big boost to sleep, new study finds

Small GPA increases documented in four Minnesota districts; sleep gains seen even for elementary school children.
Reading List 

A multilingual, multicultural call center helps families of color cope with remote learning

Recent high school grads make sure families have enough food and answer tech questions like ‘What is Zoom?’ or ‘How do I turn on my internet?’
 

Pell changes could mean more eligible students, more money, more programs

Three proposals now in play would transform the Pell Grant as it approaches its 50th birthday.
 

From admissions to teaching to grading, AI is infiltrating higher education

As colleges’ use of the technology grows, so do questions about bias and accuracy.
 

TEACHER VOICE: Don’t avoid discussing race with your students

In the wake of Derek Chauvin’s trial, we must address and answer questions about police violence and current events.
 

COLUMN: Higher education is the key to the new infrastructure system we need

Biden’s American Jobs Plan redresses wrongs and makes smart investments in the science and knowledge we need to move the nation forward.
 

OPINION: Child care is just as important as preschool

Creating two classes of early care and education programs hurts parents, teachers and children.
 

OPINION: A shared “back office” — and 21st century technology — could save small child care businesses

The business model for small child care programs is fundamentally flawed, but banding together may help providers operate more efficiently and reach the scale they need to weather financial storms.
 

OPINION: How a new generation of students are responding to Black America’s echoes

After the Derek Chauvin verdict, a former teacher reflects on lessons from the past and how to move forward.
 

OPINION: How targeted internships are helping students and nonprofits get through the pandemic

Colleges find ways to keep opportunities for students alive that are also helping communities recover.
Solutions 
"Meet the scientists building a prison-to-STEM pipeline," PBS Nova

This week’s solutions section came from SolutionsU powered by Solutions Journalism Network and their database of solutions journalism. Search for more solutions.
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