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Healthier Students Are Better Learners: A Missing Link in Efforts to Close the Achievement Gap

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Published: 3/8/2010 2:37:00 PM


March 9, 2010
Equity in Education Forum Series, Spring 2010
Teachers College, Columbia University

"Healthier Students Are Better Learners" brings together the most recent findings in fields ranging from neuroscience and child development to epidemiology and public health. Charles Basch focuses on "educationally relevant health disparities" in seven areas -- vision; asthma; teen pregnancy; aggression and violence; physical activity; breakfast; and inattention and hyperactivity -- that disproportionately affect the educational opportunities and outcomes of urban minority youth. He argues that unless they are addressed in a coordinated fashion at the federal, state and local levels, efforts to close 's education achievement gap will be compromised. Nevertheless, he strongly emphasizes that while these seven areas are important, "the expectation is not that every urban public school should have the same priorities," and priorities may vary according to local need and capacity.


Program Agenda

Presentation:

Charles Basch, March Hoe Professor of Health Education, Teachers College

Discussants:

Howell Wechsler, Director, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Matthew Yale, Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education

Moderator:

Jane Quinn, Assistant Executive Director for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society


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