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Ezemenari Obasi, associate dean for research and founder of the UH HEALTH Research Institute, offers reasons why the percentage of Hispanic adults seeking treatment for mental illness is lower than the U.S. average.

Moores Professor Cathy Horn, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and director of the UH Education Research Center, suggests there are proven ways to get kids back on track after a drop in recent STAAR test scores.

Clinical Assistant Professor Carrie Cutler and Duncan Klussmann, clinical assistant professor and former superintendent of Spring Branch ISD, advise parents on how to help kids increase math skills at home with everyday tasks.

Moores Professor Cathy Horn, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and director of the UH Education Research Center, discusses likely reasons why economically disadvantaged students and those learning virtually struggled with math during the pandemic.

Duncan Klussmann, clinical assistant professor and former superintendent of Spring Branch ISD, shares his perspective on working with an elected school board.

Clinical Assistant Professor Carrie Cutler shares five simple and free activities parents or caregivers can do with students at home.

April Peters-Hawkins, associate chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, recommends how parents and educators can talk to kids about complex racial issues (starts at minute 30:40).

Duncan Klussmann, clinical assistant professor and former superintendent of Spring Branch ISD, discusses the national trend on increased failure rates and the need for a long-term remediation plan.

Associate Dean for Research Ezemenari Obasi and Shao-Chee Sim of Episcopal Health Foundation call on state lawmakers to address health disparities.

Justin Burris, a clinical assistant professor in the math education program, talks about pros and cons of making virtual learning a permanent option in schools (starts at minute 17:55).

Blake Allan, a professor and director of the counseling psychology program, advises that graduating students should be flexible about their career paths in the constrained labor market.

April Peters-Hawkins, associate chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, weighs in on a racist online incident and the responsibilities of educators.

Department Chair Nathan Smith, a professor of counseling psychology, discusses his Project PRIDE program to support young gay, bisexual and queer men.

Jorge Gonzalez, a professor in the school psychology program, discussed his research on the academic impact of the pandemic on Hispanic students.

Anne McClellan, executive director of the Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute, discusses the expanding the Cougar Tutors program to serve more local K-12 students.

Clinical Professor Shea Culpepper and Clinical Assistant Professor Justin Burris discuss the preparation of student teachers in a virtual environment.

Professor Yali Zou, who directs the UH Asian American Studies Center, discusses discrimination against Asian Americans and the need for change, propelled by research and education.

Assistant Professor Rhoda Freelon discusses advantages of having extended family members support children with virtual learning during the pandemic.

Miguel Burgess Monroy, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, stresses that teachers should take time in class to make sure students follow the new CDC guidelines (video in Spanish).

Ruth López, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, explains the educational challenges faced by minors who cross the border alone and what the education they receive in detention centers is like (video in Spanish).

April Peters-Hawkins, associate chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, discusses how the tenure of a superintendent can impact district improvement.

April Peters-Hawkins, associate chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, addresses the practice of student role-playing that can lead to negative gender and racial attitudes.

Ezemenari Obasi, associate dean for research and founder of the UH HEALTH Research Institute, explains some of the reasons why Texas’ rollout of the vaccine is especially challenging for those in the Black and Latino communities.

Christopher Burnett, a postdoctoral fellow with the UH Education Research Center, explains the findings of his research and factors that may have led to decreased college enrollment due to accreditation action.

Ezemenari Obasi, associate dean for research and director of the UH HEALTH Research Institute, shares advice on how to cut back on alcohol consumption and suggests activities to mitigate stress.

Assistant Professor Elsa Gonzalez discusses how the grant will help her understand the factors that influence success among Latina STEM students.

Rachael Whitaker, director of the M.Ed. in counseling program, shares her thoughts on how to reinforce kindness in schools by implementing a mental health curriculum.

Duncan Klussmann, clinical assistant professor and former superintendent of Spring Branch ISD, stresses the importance of breaking down the reasons for the failure rate in Houston area schools during the pandemic.

Associate Chair Amber Thompson, who oversees teacher education, discusses the need for reasonableness and re-evaluating assignments and assessments amid the pandemic.

Kelli Drenner, director of the College’s B.S. in health program, warns that people should not let their guard down during the upcoming holiday season.

Assistant Professor Rhoda Freelon discusses learning pods and the education of Black students.

Duncan Klussmann, clinical assistant professor and former superintendent of Spring Branch ISD, explains possible reasons for the decline in enrollment in many Houston-area school districts.

Assistant Professor Leslie Frankel urges parents to adapt Halloween celebrations and make them fun and safe for children.

Professor Julie Dunsmore shared advice for parents to care for their children’s emotional and social development during the pandemic (starts at minute 15:07).

Professor Julie Dunsmore, a professor of human development and family studies, discussed the impact of young children in particular not enrolling in school amid COVID-10.

Assistant Professor Allison Master shares advice for encouraging students’ interest in STEM.

Professor Sheng Kuan Chung, director of the art education program, discusses the intersection of art, politics and social activism.

April Peters-Hawkins, associate chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, discussed concerns about the pandemic disproportionately impacting the academic progress of students from historically underserved populations.

Associate Dean for Research Ezemenari Obasi warns that algorithms that are not designed with cultural differences and lived experiences in mind may be harmful to minority communities.

Cathy Horn, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and director of the UH Education Research Center, discuss the importance of high quality and diversity in the teaching profession to support Hispanic students.

Ezemenari Obasi, associate dean for research and founder of the UH HEALTH Research Institute, discusses how an $11.8 million grant will be used to tackle chronic health problems that affect minority populations.

Clinical Assistant Professor Carrie Cutler explains the issues surrounding parents’ decision to send their children to school or keep them home. 

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