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Webinar shares results of rural CBC study

Amanda Witte, project manager, and Susan Sheridan, CYFS director, discuss findings and future directions in their recent Rural CBC webinar.
Amanda Witte, project manager, and Susan Sheridan, CYFS director, discuss findings and future directions in the rural CBC webinar. The webinar was open to teachers, administrators, parents and consultants who participated in the study. View webinar.

CYFS director Susan Sheridan and Amanda Witte, project manager, led a December 2015 webinar to share results from their study of conjoint behavioral consultation (CBC) in rural communities. Developed by Sheridan, CBC (also known as Teachers and Parents as Partners) is a structured parent-teacher partnership model that promotes positive academic and social outcomes for students. Full Article

CYFS researchers present national webinar

Registration is open for a national webinar hosted by CYFS researchers, from left, Jim Houston, Gwen Nugent and Gina Kunz.
CYFS researchers, from left, Jim Houston, Gwen Nugent and Gina Kunz, will present a national webinar May 12. The team will be discussing the process and results from their recent project, “Coaching Science Inquiry in Rural Schools.” Visit webinar registration.

As students learn to think like a scientist, a CYFS research team is discovering how to best prepare teachers as they emphasize inquiry over traditional science instruction.

CYFS researchers led a webinar May 12 to discuss the process and findings of their project, “Coaching Science Inquiry (CSI) in Rural Schools.”  CSI examines how professional development and follow-up coaching influences teachers’ implementation of guided science inquiry—a classroom approach designed to help students learn the methods used by scientists to study the natural world. Full Article

Researchers from CYFS’ MAP Academy publish rural article

Researchers from CYFS’ MAP Academy recently published findings in the Journal of Research in Rural Education. The team includes methodologists, from left, Carina McCormick, Natalie Koziol, Ann Arthur, Kirstie Bash, Leslie Hawley, Greg Welch and James Bovaird.
Researchers from CYFS’ MAP Academy recently published findings in the Journal of Research in Rural Education. The team includes methodologists, from left, Carina McCormick, Natalie Koziol, Ann Arthur, Kirstie Bash, Leslie Hawley, Greg Welch and James Bovaird.

Gretna and Chadron, Nebraska, are each home to slightly more than 5,500 residents. That’s where their similarity ends.

The city of Gretna borders a major metropolitan suburb, while—nearly 500 miles away in Nebraska’s Panhandle—Chadron is a short drive from the Badlands of South Dakota. Full Article

Bischoff, Springer develop mental health model with global application

Richard Bischoff, chair of child, youth and family studies (left) and Paul Springer, associate professor, are partnering with international colleagues to apply their mental health model overseas. The model was developed in rural Nebraska communities over the past six years, where it continues to be implemented as a means of addressing rural mental health disparities.
Richard Bischoff, chair of child, youth and family studies (left) and Paul Springer, associate professor, are partnering with international colleagues to apply their mental health model overseas. The model was developed in rural Nebraska communities over the past six years, where it continues to be implemented as a means of addressing rural mental health disparities.

Distance technology and community mobilization are transforming the mental health landscape of rural Nebraska, where the success of CYFS affiliates’ research may soon benefit communities worldwide.

Richard Bischoff, chair of child, youth and family studies, and Paul Springer, associate professor, are partnering with international colleagues to address an issue that they say transcends geography and culture—access to mental health services. Their model, which was developed six years ago in rural Nebraska communities, integrates distance technology and begins by drawing community members around the proverbial table. Full Article

CYFS researcher leads roundtable on science literacy in rural communities

Gina Kunz, Ph.D.
Gina Kunz, Ph.D.

CYFS research associate professor Gina Kunz led a roundtable discussion of how family-school partnerships can bolster science literacy in rural communities as part of a Feb. 19 Big Idea Seminar co-sponsored by CYFS.

Kunz prefaced the discussion by reviewing the structure, goals and key findings underlying family-school partnerships. She also outlined several partnership-based strategies for enhancing children’s awareness and understanding of science. Full Article

Dalla to found first quarterly journal on human trafficking

Human Trafficking
UNL associate professor Rochelle Dalla visited Mumbai, India, in summer 2012 to interview women trafficked into prostitution. Dalla recently learned that she will become the founder of the Journal of Human Trafficking, the first quarterly academic journal devoted exclusively to the topic.

It’s everywhere – provided you know where to find it.

Years of research have taught CYFS faculty affiliate Rochelle Dalla that the lesson applies both to the shadowy practice of human trafficking and the scattered information surrounding it.

Dalla will aim to assemble research and foster discourse on the issue by founding the recently approved Journal of Human Trafficking, which she cited as the first of its kind. Full Article

Coutts researching distance tech delivery of intervention to rural communities

Michael Coutts
Michael Coutts

Miles or megabytes? Speed limits or bandwidth? Country roads or fiber optics?

For years, reaching out to families and schools in rural communities has meant long hours of costly travel. This reality has made distance technology an appealing alternative – and the dissertation focus of Michael Coutts, a CYFS doctoral student affiliate. Full Article