Latest Christy Lleras Stories

2009-09-01 09:10:00

High-school put-downs are such a staple of teen culture that many educators don't take them seriously. However, a University of Illinois study suggests that classroom disruptions and psychologically hostile school environments can contribute to a climate in which good students have difficulty learning and students who are behind have trouble catching up. "We need to get away from the idea that bullying is always physical. Bullying can also include verbal harassment, which can be just as...

2009-04-24 23:05:40

A U.S. sociologist says grouping students by ability hampers the literacy of minority students. Christy Lleras of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign calls the practice of grouping according to perceived academic ability a net-loss for minority students. The assumption behind ability grouping was a rising tide lifts all boats but Lleras and colleagues found higher-grouped African-American students did not look that much different than non-grouped students in terms of their reading...

2009-04-20 13:45:00

More challenging middle-school math classes and increased access to advanced courses in predominantly black urban high schools may be the key to closing the racial academic achievement gap, according to a University of Illinois study. "Although we've poured a lot of money and resources into trying to reduce inequalities between black and white students, we've mainly focused on test scores and that hasn't been successful," said Christy Lleras, a U of I assistant professor of human and...

2009-03-26 08:25:00

It turns out that being voted "Most likely to succeed" in high school might actually be a good predictor of one's financial and educational success later in life. According to a University of Illinois professor who studies the sociology of education, high school sophomores who were rated by their teachers as having good social skills and work habits, and who participated in extracurricular activities in high school, made more money and completed higher levels of education 10 years later than...

2009-01-31 10:52:07

What contributes most to a nurturing home environment for three- to five-year-old children of single working mothers? A new University of Illinois study reports that the mother's education is the most important factor, followed by her employment in jobs that offer either standard daytime hours or some flexibility. "If young single mothers had even one more year of school, they did much better in terms of parent-child relationships," said Christy Lleras, a U of I assistant professor of human...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'