Best of Improving Lives Blog 2017

The Year in Review: The Best of the Improving Lives Blog in 2017

In 2017, covered the wide variety of important and innovative research being conducted at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). We examined higher education’s role in society, went around the world to learn more about our changing Earth, developed art curricula to better serve special education students and had a breakthrough in what we know about autism – and that’s just to name a few highlights. Below is a list of some of the most popular and interesting blogs we published in 2017. We thank you for reading, and look forward to publishing more world-leading research and education tips in 2018.

The Power of Habit: How to Succeed at Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Author: Clayton Cook Posted: 1/13/17

At the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development, we believe in turning research into action. We want to use the knowledge and information we’re creating to help people in our communities enact positive change in their lives. As a social scientist who focuses on behavior change, I help combine research and practice, studying why people succeed or fail at their goals, and then creating tools and interventions that can help. Learn More

Progress and Inequality: Women’s Sports and the Gender Gap

Author: Mary Jo Kane Posted: 1/27/17

Women’s sports, both professional and collegiate, have made enormous progress since Title IX (federal civil rights legislation designed to prohibit gender discrimination in educational institutions) was passed in 1972, but the gender gap underscoring large inequalities – and myths about women’s sports – still exist. The University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)’s Tucker Center, is committed to conducting research and outreach initiatives to help bridge the gap between women and men’s sports. Learn More

Center for Sales Leadership & Education Trains Students for Successful Sales Careers

Author: Roy Gaddey, Jr. Posted: 2/24/17

A lot of students realize how much of the job market involves sales. According to government statistics, there are more than 11.5 million jobs in the category of “professional sales” (which excludes entry level sales positions like retail). In fact, there are more U.S. jobs in sales that pay $100,000 or more per year in sales than in any other profession. Given the facts, it behooves a student in any discipline to hone his or her sales skills before leaving college. Learn More


How to Better Prepare Math Teachers for Success

Author: Erin Baldinger Posted: 4/21/17

Many people think the primary qualification for being a teacher is knowledge and mastery of the subject matter. By studying secondary math teacher preparation, I’ve found that most teachers come into the field with a deep background in math. The problem is that the understanding of mathematics gained through advanced university mathematics courses is not well-connected to the mathematics in the work of teaching. Learn More

Creating Better Strategies for Teaching Math Word Problems

Author: Asha Jitendra Posted: 5/5/17

It is well documented that many students, especially those struggling in math, jump immediately into calculating the answers when solving math word problems without understanding the premise and reasoning whether the answer is meaningful. With schema-based instruction, we get to the essence of a math word problem by having the student identify what type of problem it is. Learn More

CEHD Sits in the Top of Education College Rankings

Author: CEHD Posted: 5/26/17

A new report from SR (Student Review) Education Group has University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the top of the college rankings in student satisfaction for education schools. Based on the reviews of current and former students, CEHD was rated 8th best among 19 ranked education colleges in the United States. Learn More

Get Kids Outdoors with Preschool Nature Education Tips for Teachers and Parents

Author: Sheila Williams Ridge Posted: 7/21/17

In today’s gadget-obsessed world, nature education and outdoor preschool activities are more important than ever. Nature-based preschool programs provide great benefits for children, helping their mental, academic and emotional development. Most importantly, they bring a sense of fun and adventure to kids that are too often overstressed and overscheduled. Learn More

Interview: Just Mercy Author Bryan Stevenson Advocates Social Justice at CEHD Reads Event

Author: CEHD Posted: 10/20/17

As the author of the critically acclaimed book Just Mercy and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson is one of America’s leading advocates for social justice and legal reform. Just Mercy is Stevenson’s account of his days as a young lawyer defending the rights of poor and wrongly condemned inmates, including Walter McMillan, a young man sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. Just Mercy was selected as 2017’s CEHD Reads book. In this interview, we spoke to Mr. Stevenson about his work as a social justice advocate, Just Mercy and the message he had for our students and staff during his presentation. Learn More

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