December ’17 Newsletter
Howdy, from the Sequor YDI research team. In this newsletter, we have included two new resources from Child Trends relevant to this time of year. The first post focuses on students with disabilities and how they are impacted academically. With the midpoint of the academic year nearing, it is important to realize some of the scholastic challenges this student population faces.
In the second post, Child Trends authors comment on the subject of child hunger. While always important, child hunger with additional factors like harsh weather, can greatly affect youth lives. Please consider in this time of giving, how you can contribute to ending child hunger.
Finally, two members of the YDI research team M. Gayle Gabriel and Allen Taggart, will be graduating later this month. We have profiled some of their projects and successes as part of the YDI team. We would also like to acknowledge their academic achievement and wish them well on their future journeys.
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“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”
Dalai Lama XIV
Youth Development Resources
by Natalia E. Pane
The academic gap between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers is growing, according to public school scores from the grade 4 mathematics portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). In 2009, the gap between the average scores of students without disabilities and those with disabilities (served by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) was 22 score points. By 2015, the gap had grown significantly to 28 points. Most of this increase is due to a significant decline in scores for students with disabilities: Over this time period, the average for non-disabled students increased by two points and the average for students with disabilities decreased by four. Read more
by David Murphey, Jonathan Belford
In 2016, 17.5 percent of all children in the United States (12.9 million) lived in a household with limited access to adequate food at some point during the year. Breaking this number down by race and ethnicity reveals a stark disparity: 13.2 percent of white children (nearly 5.5 million) lived in food-insecure households, versus about one-quarter of both black children (25.6 percent, or 2.6 million) and Hispanic children (24.3 percent, or 3.9 million). Read more
YDI Graduate Student Updates
M. Gayle Gabriel earned her Ph.D. in Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences with a focus on Youth Development. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the impact of culture on the mental health and help-seeking behaviors of Filipino American emerging adults. She also earned her Master’s degree in Health Education and Bachelor’s degree in Health from Texas A&M University. During her master’s and doctoral programs, Gayle earned certificates in prevention science and applied statistics. Her research agenda includes equity in research and programming for Asian American youth, with a specific focus on the role of culture and ethnic identity in Filipino American youth behavior and mental health.
Allen Taggart will be graduating this December with his Master’s in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences. While here he worked extensively on research projects with Texas 4-H, studying youth program quality and structuring experiences for youth. He has recently accepted a position as assistant professor and extension educator at University of Idaho. Allen will be providing overall leadership and organization for the Ada County 4-H Youth Development program, with the primary focus on increasing partnerships, strengthening the volunteer base, increasing funding, publishing research, and delivering programs for a mix of rural, suburban, and urban audiences in the Boise metropolitan area. He looks forward to the exciting opportunity to work with Extension 4-H and being closer to family and more outdoor recreation opportunities.
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2018 Conference on the Value of Play: The Many Faces of Play
April 8-11, 2018,
The US Play Coalition is now accepting proposals for Educational Sessions, Poster Presentations and the Play Research Symposium at the 2018 Conference on the Value of Play: The Many Faces of Play. The conference will be held April 8-11, 2018, at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. “The Many Faces of Play” will explore play from across the globe and address universal issues of access, accessibility, inclusion and more.
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