Identifying Resources; Student Voice; Mental Health; Well-Being; Subgroup Needs; Parent Involvement; Youth Development; Restorative Justice; Bullying Laws; School Safety; Funding Opportunity; Physical Activity; E-Cigarettes; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter
 Identifying Resources

The CDE's California Safe and Supportive Schools website ( now enables you to identify valuable resources to guide improvements in school climate and student supports by key topics, including social-emotional learning; student engagement and voice; safety; and building positive relationships. The resources are updated monthly after being posted first in the School Climate Connection Newsletter. Visit the website to keep informed of the latest in research and practice.
 Student Voice

Students and teachers participating in NPR's Student Podcast Challenge can take a topic, a lesson, or a unit they're learning about, and turn it into a podcast between 3 and 12 minutes long. Submission period is Jan 1-Mar 31. Winning podcasts will be featured on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
 Mental Health
Suicide Prevention
Experts say schools can play a critical role in preventing suicide by recognizing students who may be at risk for harming themselves, by connecting those students with resources and support, and by building relationships throughout the school so that students have multiple people to turn to if they need help. Watch the video.

Trends in Youth Suicide
A Child Trends blog explores trends in youth suicide, highlighting that the percentage of high school students who report seriously considering suicide has increased since 2009. There are differences by genderl: In 2017, female high school students reported seriously considering suicide at nearly twice the rate of their male counterparts (22.1 and 11.9 percent, respectively).
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 Children's Well-Being

California County Scorecard of Children's Well-Being 2018-19 were released in October by Children Now. The interactive, online report delivers a current and comprehensive picture of children’s health, education, and welfare in every one of California’s 58 counties. The report provides county-level data mapping, tracking key indicators of child well-being across counties, over time, and by race and ethnicity.
 Addressing Subgroup Needs
The NCHE brief, Supporting In-School and Out-of-School Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Through Education and Workforce Partnership, provides an overview of education and workforce programs that serve youth experiencing homelessness, and suggests strategies for cross-system collaboration among these programs to support youth experiencing homelessness.

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Foster Youth
A new study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Inititiative finds half of foster-involved teenagers leave the system without having been either reunited with their birth family or having found a new family for adoption or guardianship. Read how schools can keep the transition from derailing students' educations.

African Americans
A Johns Hopkins University study found that black students who had just one black teacher by 3rd grade were 13% more likely to enroll in college, while those who had two black teachers were 32% more likely. Another study found teachers' beliefs about a student's college potential can become self-fulfilling prophecies and that black teachers are more likely than white teachers to have higher expectations for black students. Read more.
 Parent Involvement

A parent outreach study tweaked the way parents received texts regarding student performance resulted in fewer students failing classes. Rather than asking parents to opt in for the texts, parents were asked to opt out. More than 95% stayed in the program and received alert texts if their child received a 70% or lower on a test.
 Youth Development

Supporting the Whole Child
Child Trends has published the results of interviews and focus groups with three groups of educational stakeholders to policy opportunities to promote the implementation of the CDC’s overall Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child framework. Read the report.

Learning Supports 
Building Partnerships in support of When, Where, and How Learning Happens highlights the critical role youth development organizations play, presents a framework for understanding learning (in, and out-of-school), and recommends ways for educators, policymakers, and funders to partner with youth development organizations to support young people’s growth and development. The document highlights the exemplary work that has taken place in California.

 Restorative Justice

Hinkley High School (Aurora, CO) was honored by the National Education Policy Center’s Schools of Opportunity program, an initiative showcasing public high schools that provide all students with an equitable and excellent education. Restorative justice (RJ) is a major aspect of creating opportunities for everyone to learn at the school. Prior to the introduction of RJ, the 2,108-student school struggled with gang violence and high rates of suspension and expulsion. Once the school adopted RJ, total disciplinary referrals fell 47 percent over four years.

 Bullying Prevention Laws
Several states across the nation have introduced legislation aimed at reducing bullying in schools, and so far, in 2018, at least 8 bills have passed directly related to bullying. See further information on laws across the 50-states.
 School Safety

A Brookings study of school resource officers (SROs) compared North Carolina schools within districts that received additional funding for SROs to schools within districts that did not, and found no relationships between additional dollars received and reductions in the 16 disciplinary acts that must be reported to the state.
 Funding Opportunity
The Safer Schools in America Impact Grant will capture data-driven validation research around the expansive range of activities needed to foster safer school environments, including emotional, physical and digital safety, emergency preparedness, school facilities, culture, and community engagement. 100 US schools will be selected by January 30, 2019; 400 additional schools will be selected later in 2019.
 Physical Activity
Updated Physical Activity Guidelines
Preschoolers should be active throughout the day to enhance growth and development, and older children and adolescents should do at least 60 minutes a day of various moderate-to-vigorous physical activities, according to new physical activity guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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The Food and Drug Administration announced aggressive steps aimed at curbing teen vaping and smoking, including restrictions on flavored and menthol products that may be especially appealing to minors.
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SCCN #71  11/28/18
In this issue:

 Identifying Resources
 Student Voice
 Mental Health
 Subgroup Needs
 Parent Involvement
 Youth Development
 Restorative Justice
 Bullying Laws
 School Safety
 Funding Opportunity
 Physical Activity
Upcoming Events


Free Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid training from CDE
Information  &  Flyer
Online Training
Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences
ACE training

Violence Prevention

Confidentiality laws
HIPAA or FERPA? A Primer on Sharing School Health Information in California
Youth Law report

Coping with Disaster
FEMA website

Homeless Education
NCHE Briefs

Physical Activity Strategies
Strategies for Classroom Physical Activity in Schools

Integrate Classroom Physical Activity in Schools: A Guide for Putting Strategies into Practice

Archived Webinars

Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Series
Webinar series
 Upcoming Events

FREE Webinars

EPA and Harvard School of Public Health
Examining the Evidence: How School Buildings Influence Student Health, Thinking and Performance
Thu, Nov 29, 11:00 am(PT)
Webinar Series:
Homeless Youth and Schools

McKinney-Vento 101: Understanding the Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness
Tue, Dec 4, 11:00 am (PT)

Determining McKinney-Vento Eligibility under ESSA
Wed, Dec 12, 11:00 am (PT)

Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Students under ESSA
Thur, Dec 20, 11:00 am(PT)
Information & Registration
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