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Attendance; Climate; Discipline; Health; Mental Health; Safety; Social-Emotional Learning; Staff Supports; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter
 Attendance

The Role of School Climate. A new report argues that educators can improve attendance by first making their schools more welcoming places to attend (e.g., safe, supportive, inclusive).

 Climate

Comparison of Student and Staff Perspectives. An analysis of data from the CalSCHLS student and staff surveys in Los Angeles County finds that student, staff, and administrative measures of school climate were weakly correlated. Strong associations were found between student outcomes and student reports of engagement and safety, while school staff reports and administrative measures of school climate showed limited associations with student outcomes.

 Discipline

Suspension of Native Americans. Native Americans in California are more likely to be suspended or expelled at a higher rate than the state average, according to a new study that provides strategies to address the problem.

Suspension Trends in LAUSD. Read six-year trends in suspensions and lessons learned since Los Angeles USD implemented its sweeping school discipline reform.

School to Prison Pipeline. Attending a school with a higher suspension rate could mean a 15% to 20% higher likelihood of a child being incarcerated as an adult.

Good Behavior Referrals. At McEachern High School in the Cobb County School District (GA), teachers have the option to change their approach to discipline by writing kids up for positive behaviors.

 Health

National Survey Trends. Youth Risk Behavior Survey: 2007–2017 provides the most recent national surveillance data on health behaviors and experiences of high school students.

Health and Education. The Annual Review of Public Health examines the latest research on the relationships between health and education systems and their associated outcomes.

Vaping Prevention. Read how some Los Angeles schools are doing to prevent vaping by students.

Resources: CDC Website.  The CDC has launched an updated website dedicated to health promotion in schools.

Resources: Toolkit. A Healthy Schools Toolkit from Health Equity Works (Washington University in St Louis) is designed to help school leaders take a systematic approach to supporting the health and well-being of students, staff, and families and to implementing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.
 
 Mental Health
Field Guidance. Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Guidance From the Field provides insights to promote positive school climate and safety, students' social-emotional learning, and mental health and general well-being.

Student Essays. Read the winning essays from NIH’s high school mental health essay contest for 2019 and learn what students have to say about stigma and social barriers in seeking mental health treatment.

Supporting LGBTQ Students. The "Model School Policy" provides resources for schools to reduce suicide attempts and deaths for high-risk LGBTQ students.

State Screening Requirement. A North Carolina law now requires all public students to undergo mental health screening, and districts to create a crisis response plan, and provides resource funding.

 Safety

National Report. The NCES report on Student Victimization in U.S. Schools for 2016-17 is now available.  About 2.2% of students ages 12-18 reported being victims of crime at school (past six months); they also had higher rates of being bullied than nonvictimized.

Perceptions of School and Community Police. California Healthy Kids Survey data from a large sample of high school students in eight diverse, low‐income communities, indicates that, overall, students of color, especially Black students, had less positive perceptions of police in their community and, to a lesser extent, their school.

Female Victimization. At-risk girls in Florida face growing rates of victimization. Girls of color, from rural areas, and who identify as gay or bisexual have a higher chance of being bullied, getting poor grades in school, and facing risks of being sexually assaulted.

District Safety Guide. The U.S. Department of Education has a new planning guide to help schools develop and maintain customized emergency operation plans, implementing the recommendations of the Federal Commission on School Safety.

Prevention At Sports and Afterschool Events. Education Week discusses safety measures to protect students and the public at sports events and other after school activities.

State Oversight. A Colorado audit finds no coordination among a dozen different school safety programs, with no checking into whether the programs were making students safer.

Staffing Needs in Arizona. Requests for school counselors and social workers made up nearly 75% of asks by schools seeking state funding through Arizona's school safety grant program.

 Social-Emotional Learning
Strategies. An AEI report provides tips on how to make SEL an effective local reform effort instead of a national enterprise.

Use of Kernels. Education Week discusses ecological approaches to social-emotional learning, including using flexible, “bite-sized”  lessons (kernels), being tested by Harvard University. 
 
 Staff Supports
Diversity. Read about conditions in schools striving for staff diversity that can influence retention of teachers of color.
 

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SCCN #82  10/10/19
In this issue:

 
 Attendance
 Climate
 Discipline
 Health
 Mental Health
 Safety
 Social-Emotional Learning
 Staff Supports
Resources
Upcoming Events


Resources

SCCN updates and other resources are posted on CDE's School Climate Website by Topic Category
CaliforniaS3.wested.org/tools/school-climate-connection-resources
 
 Upcoming Events

Free Training

School Safety & Mental Health Crisis training from the Project Cal-STOP initiative.
Request Training

Team NAMI: Raising Voices
Multicultural Symposium in Stockton, CA

Sat, Oct 12, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Bridge the gap created by mental health stigma by bringing together Northern California community leaders, providers, and peers from diverse communities
Information & Registration

California PBIS Conference "Leading the Way for Positive and Equitable Schools"
Sacramento, CA
Oct 28-29, 2019
Learn how to establish a social culture that leads to positive academic outcomes, social connectedness, and rewarding student relationships.
Information & Registration

5 Year, 7 School Districts: Real-world examples of improved systems for social-emotional learning
Sacramento, CA
Oct 30, 2019
Learn how change happens and explore the implications for California’s education system.
Information & Registration

Youth Mental Health First Aid training from CDE
Information  &  Flyer
 


 
The School Climate Connection Newsletter is provided monthly by WestEd under contract from the California Department of Education (CDE). Its purpose is to disseminate current information on school climate practices, policies, and resources to empower schools on improving school safety, conditions for learning, and pupil engagement and well-being. It includes up-to-date information on California's School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (CalSCHLS) System (see http://calschls.org).

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