Early education, relationship with teachers paramount for children success, study says

iStock(NEW YORK) — They say it takes a village to raise a child and educating one may not be any different.

To many, it may not come as a surprise that children who receive education such as basic vocabulary and math skills early in life, starting in preschool, are more likely to develop life-long skills that help them do well in school for years to come, especially those in low-income communities.

But according to a new study published this week in Child Development, not only is early exposure to math and vocabulary a potential catalyst for future positive outcomes, but so is the focus on self-regulation; allowing a child to manage their emotions, behavior and body movement in tough situations. And for that the relationship with the teacher is of paramount importance.

“Behavior management and teachers’ health help create a quality program for children” Dr. Dana Charles McCoy, study author and professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education told ABC News. “Several decades of research has shown that high quality programs can have a good impact.”

Teachers in low-income areas of Chicago received training through the Chicago School Readiness Project (CSRP). The idea is that if teachers know the best ways to interact with preschoolers, the children will learn better and taking the time to train teachers makes them feel more valued and appreciated as well.

“Teachers received professional development courses that focused primarily on behavior management strategies in the classroom and how to avoid harsh discipline, but to instead promote behaviors. This reduced their own stress.” Says Dr. McCoy. “Teachers received Masters level mental health education.”

“The teachers received the training and passed it on to the children, improving structural quality and warmth and organization of the teachers into the classroom” McCoy says.

McCoy suggests that these types of interventions may contribute to a good learning environment for kids, and Marie Spinney, an experienced NYC Department of Education Pre-K teacher, agrees.

“Anytime that you’re able to bring something back to the classroom, any sort of coaching and it works, it does increase learning,” Marie Spinney told ABC News in an interview.

“In the Pre-K level it’s about the process, not as much as the achievement.” Spinney says, “Being able to focus on the process, on what they need help with, sets them up for kindergarten. Sets them up for success.”

And the professional development gives teachers confidence too.

“It’s very empowering. You [the teacher] feel more supported. You feel like you’re being valued as a teacher and that feeling helps with the kids because you are excited,” Spinney says.

“Kids need more than academic content. Emotional, social, and cognitive skills help them engage and learn in the classroom and get along with peers and engage in academic content,” McCoy told ABC News. McCoy hopes this study will “shift from talking whether preschool is important to moving conversation to what aspect of preschool creates the biggest impact for kids. What defines a high-quality preschool program and ensures that all kids have the ability to receive those qualities.”

She went on to say that, “low-income background kids don’t have the same opportunities as people from more advantaged backgrounds. So these types of programs are trying to promote equity and give kids from all different backgrounds the opportunity to succeed.”

However, it may not be that simple.

While “professional development is worthwhile,” says Spinney, “implementing it may not be as straightforward.”

Each child is different.

Another study on “Children’s first-person experiences,” points out “that the linguistic environment of a preschool classroom is highly dynamic from the perspective of the learner.” The study suggests that many children often interact with teachers in the classroom frequently, but that the length of these interactions varies from child to child.

McCoy reminds us, that “early preschool programming can impact trajectories into adulthood,” and that, “this study gives us an idea of what types of practices in the classroom are able to promote education and well-being.”

“The take home lesson, hopefully, can benefit all kids,” she says.

This article was written by Kimberly Dike, M.D., a senior internal medicine resident physician at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

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IBM introduces new tennis tool to make the next Sloane Stephens at the US Open

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IBM(NEW YORK) — With its lights and retractable roofs, the U.S. Open is a beacon of technological progress in the tennis world, and IBM is looking to push that further with its newest innovation.

This week, in the midst of the two-week tournament in Queens, New York, IBM, in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), introduced Coach Advisor, which they hope to be a game-changer for American athletes.

“This is a brand new thing that is built on all the work we’ve been doing with the U.S. Open for almost 30 years,” Elizabeth O’Brien, program director for sports and entertainment partnerships at IBM, told ABC News at the company’s hub underneath Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main court for the tournament.

Essentially, IBM takes videos of matches, indexes them — marking start points and stop times and traditional tennis statistics like scores — and then looks at player movement, like changing direction and bursts of speed.

From there, O’Brien explained, “We were able to develop two metrics that have never been used before around what we call player energy systems.”

Those metrics are mechanical intensity — how much a player accelerates and decelerates and the demand that puts on a body — and physiological load; that is, how much effort a player put in during a match, determined using their height, weight, average speed and moved distance at different speeds.

Basically, it helps athletes and their training teams to see when they’re using the most energy and, potentially, how they can play more efficiently and to their endurance strengths.

“Then we’re going to be able to work backwards and make changes in their training plan. Were they fit enough, are they fit enough to play the way their coach wants them to play? Are they fit enough to come back after a really tough match and play another one?” Martin Blackman, general manager of USTA player development, told reporters at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

IBM is already working with American stars Sloane Stephens and Frances Tiafoe — neither of whom advanced to the third round of this year’s U.S. Open — to test out Coach Advisor, using them to understand how best to introduce the program to players to the best effect.

The plan is to roll it out to more players, largely through the USTA’s player development work. Otherwise, for non-American players and those outside of the USTA’s purview, high-level scouting and analysis of any kind on both your own playing and that of other players can be pricey, stretching up from five to six figures for those who can afford it.

With that, the program stresses a long-held issue in the sport: unless you’re a highly ranked player, tennis — and the newest assets to improve your game — can be financially inaccessible without institutional support.

And in an age where the top players are older and matches can get longer even with new tiebreak rules — consider July’s Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic, 32, and Roger Federer, 38, which stretched on for five hours — the strategic use of energy can be a game-changer.

As David Ramos, manager of coaching education and performance at USTA, explained to reporters: The player and their team can use Coach Advisor to evaluate “are they taking enough time between points, are they managing changeovers, how are they doing in between matches in terms of basically getting themselves ready to play?”

It’s one more example of the ways technology has the potential to change sports, all in a time when athletes don’t just have new technology and advanced statistics in front of them, but actively utilize those tools to improve their game.

“It’s going to contribute directly to the level of coaching in this country,” Blackman said. “It’s going to contribute directly to the way we’re able to optimize training for our players, and it’s going to contribute to the next generation of American champions. We really believe that.”

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Posted On 01 Sep 2019

DC football coach opens up about losing most of his team to gun violence

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Christen Hill/ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Steve Zanders, head coach of the Woodland Tigers youth football team in southeast Washington, D.C., has seen a lot in 35 years of coaching.

The thing he’s probably most tired of seeing is gun violence — and how it’s destroyed the futures of so many of his players.

In 2001, Zanders had 19 players on his Pop Warner community football team. Today, only nine remain. Seven are dead, and three in prison.

The championship-level success they earned as youths earned community fame but also put targets on their backs.

“We end up winning the D.C. championship. It was a brotherhood,” said Adam Madden, a player in 2001. “My friends were getting killed. So many people was getting killed at a young age. That it was so unreal …14 years old getting killed, 15 year old get killed, 16 years old.”

Youth in the community still face the threat of gun violence daily, and even with the national push for background checks, Zanders wonders if that will be enough.

As of Aug. 30, there have been 114 homicides in Washington. And D.C. has strict gun laws. Police there estimate they’ve recovered 6,000 illegal firearms in just the past three years. D.C. does not honor concealed carry reciprocity laws from other states, nor does the city allow open carry.

Just last month, Zanders attended more funerals — 11-year-old Karon Brown was killed at a local McDonald’s, and the following week his assistant coach also died in a drive-by — and the coach has had enough.

“I’m just tired of going to them,” he added.

By day, Zanders is a federal government employee. He volunteers his time to keep the football program going.

“Back in the 80s, when I started, I had funding from the District government. I was able to keep the kids doing something positive,” he recalled.

Now the coach said he has just enough money to run a modest summer program at best. The Woodland Tigers have boys ranging in age from 5 to 15 from surrounding communities.

“Why are 11-, 12-, 13-year-olds carrying guns? And you’re supposed to be 21 with a background check to buy them?” he said.

Many of the guns that end up in Washington are from parts of Virginia and North Carolina.

Zanders wants the illegal gun off the street.

“14-year-olds with AK-47s? Assault rifles? How are these guns getting in our community?” he said.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., proposed a bipartisan bill that would require universal background checks for gun owners and merchants, beginning in September. Amid the national conversation on gun reform, Zanders fears his community will go unnoticed — even just miles from where those laws are made.

“Gun violence is in their backyard but not at their doorstep,” Zanders added.

Parents in the neighborhood said they appreciate what Zanders has accomplished — that he’s been a pillar in the community, personally recruiting all of his players.

Alalim Musawwir’s three sons have been playing for the Woodland Tigers for the past four years. She said the team gives local families the chance to bond and face common threats together.

“Everything,” she added, “starts with being a parent first, to be proactive in the child’s life.”

“Being a part of Woodland helps me outside of school because it teaches me discipline,” said her son Larry, 13. “Like how to listen to grown-ups or school.”

Despite the losses the team has endured, the team stands strong. It’s still an outlet for children who may not clearly see all of the dangers around them.

Madden now has a son of his own, and he knows what that boy is up against.

“I’m so tough on my child,” he said. “Like my mother she was on me.”

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Posted On 01 Sep 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 8/31/2019

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Getty/iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

Final  Atlanta  11  Chi White Sox   5

Final  N-Y Yankees   4  Oakland     3  (11 Innings)
Final  Toronto       6  Houston     4
Final  Tampa Bay     9  Cleveland   6
Final  Detroit      10  Minnesota   7
Final  Kansas City   7  Baltimore   5
Final  Texas         3  Seattle     2
Final  L-A Angels   10  Boston      4

Final  St. Louis   10  Cincinnati      6  (1st game)
Final  Milwaukee    2  Chi Cubs        0
Final  N-Y Mets     6  Philadelphia    3
Final  Washington   7  Miami           0
Final  St. Louis    3  Cincinnati      2  (2nd game)
Final  Arizona      6  L-A Dodgers     5
Final  Pittsburgh  11  Colorado        4
Final  San Diego    4  San Francisco   1

(21)Iowa St.        29  N. Iowa           26
(24)Nebraska        35  South Alabama     21
(5)Ohio St.         45  FAU               21
(13)Washington      47  E. Washington     14
(2)Alabama          42  Duke               3
(15)Penn St.        79  Idaho              7
(25)Stanford        17  Northwestern       7
(22)Syracuse        24  Liberty            0
(7)Michigan         40  Middle Tennessee  21
(16)Auburn          27  (11)Oregon        21
(6)LSU              55  Georgia Southern   3
(20)Iowa            38  Miami (Ohio)      14
(10)Texas           45  Louisiana Tech    14
(23)Washington St.  58  New Mexico St.     7

Final  Washington  91  Dallas       85
Final  Las Vegas   92  Los Angeles  86

Final  Colorado               2  New York         0
Final tie  Chicago                1  Columbus         1
Final  D.C. United            3  Montreal         0
Final tie  Toronto FC             1  New England      1
Final  Philadelphia           3  Atlanta          1
Final  FC Dallas              3  Cincinnati       1
Final  Sporting Kansas City   1  Houston          0
Final  New York City FC       3  Vancouver        1
Final  Portland               1  Real Salt Lake   0
Final  San Jose               3  Orlando City     0

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Posted On 01 Sep 2019

Coco Gauff defeated by Naomi Osaka in emotional 3rd round match at US Open

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Coco Gauff lost to defending champion Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open Saturday night — capping an emotional end to the highly anticipated match between the young phenoms.

At 15 and 21, Gauff and Osaka’s ages, combined, are less than Serena Williams’ age. As such, the young women represent the upcoming generation of tennis icons, and their meeting in the third round of the tournament was treated with the respect — and excitement — that it deserved.

Osaka, who won the tournament last year — defeating Williams for the championship — knocked out the rising teenage star.

Osaka defeated Gauff in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.

The teenage Gauff took the tennis world by storm this summer when she became the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon. In making her first Grand Slam appearance there, Gauff took down her idol, Venus Williams.

From there, she became a media sensation, with a Wimbledon match scheduled at its famed Centre Court, going on to beat Magdaléna Rybáriková and Polona Hercog. Gauff’s sensational Wimebledon run came to an end when Simona Halep — who went on to win the tournament over Serena Williams in the final — beat her in straight sets.

The U.S. Open then granted her a wild card position in the tournament. She went on to beat 18-year-old Anastasia Potapova of Russia in the first round and Tímea Babos of Hungary in the second round, both in three sets.

Osaka, meanwhile, is the No. 1 ranked women’s tennis player. While the 21-year-old is coming off of disappointing appearances at Wimbledon and the French Open, she started 2019 by winning the Australian Open.

That victory, in turn, came off a heart-wrenching win at the 2018 U.S. Open over Serena Williams that left both women in tears on the podium as the crowd alternately booed and cheered after a passionate argument between Williams and the umpire.

Now returning to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, Osaka, who was born in Japan and plays as a Japanese athlete, but largely grew up in Long Island, New York, and south Florida, has a new coach and a new stated purpose.

“I probably haven’t had fun playing tennis since Australia and I’m finally coming to terms with that while relearning that fun feeling,” she wrote on Instagram last month. “I’ve learned a lot about myself and I feel like I grew up so much as a person in this past year(s) so I’m really excited [to see] what the future looks like on and off the court.”

Before they finally met Saturday night, both praised each other and were excited about the first match of what could become a rivalry.

“We’re both pretty young, but I’m a little bit newer to the game. So I’m just curious to see how my game matches up against her,” Gauff said about Osaka during her post-match interview Thursday, ESPN reported.

“When I hear people talking about someone, I want the opportunity to play them just to assess it for myself,” Osaka said of Gauff Thursday, before the younger player won for her third-round spot.

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Posted On 01 Sep 2019

Pope rescued by firefighters after being stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes

WORLD NEWS Pope rescued by firefighters after being stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes  https://linewsradio.com/pope-rescued-by-firefighters-after-being-stuck-in-an-elevator-for-25-minutes/  http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/

iStock(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis arrived 7 minutes late for his traditional noon appointment with the public in Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday because he was stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes, according to the Associated Press.

The Pope apologized to the crowd on Sunday after he had to be rescued by firefighters.

“I have to beg your pardon”, he said while smiling.

Pope Francis said that a “drop in tension” caused the elevator to block, apparently referring to electrical power.

Pope Francis seemed to take the whole event in stride.

“A round of applause for the fire brigade”, he said, according to AP, as he asked the public attending his service in the square to applaud the Holy See firefighters who rescued him from peril.

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Posted On 01 Sep 2019