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California Corner; Attendance; Bullying; Climate and Culture; Discipline; Emergency Management; Expanded Learning Partnerships; Mental Health; Safety; Social-Emotional Learning; Student Supports; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter
 California Corner

Student Safety and Positive Well-Being Infographics. The four-year federally-funded Project Covitality, led by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, has released infographics showing how student perceptions of safety are associated with well-being indicators, based on data collected from a sample of 25,000 California high schools. The CHKS Social Emotional Health Module is a version of the survey being used and validated in this study. 

Are California Schools Undercounting Homeless Students? By law, California schools have to help homeless students get equal access to an education. Although districts have done a better job identifying homeless students in the last four years, more than a quarter of California schools have not identified a single homeless student, leading lawmakers to request an audit to look into why student homelessness might be underreported.

What are the characteristics of homeless students? About 0.5% of secondary school respondents statewide on the California Healthy Kids Survey self-select one of the homeless living situations. You can view the results for these students, compared to those in other living situations, on the online CalSCHLS Dashboard

 Attendance

Do Attendance Certificates Really Get Students to School? California law requires rewarding students for attendance. New research suggests principals should tread carefullyIn some cases, it can actually discourage students in grades 6-12 from putting in effort to attend.

 Bullying

Breaking Down Bullying. New research from Florida State University finds middle-school girls are far more likely than boys to notice instances of bullying and interpret them as emergencies.
 
 Climate and Culture
Creating Resilient Students. A Massachusetts principal, tired of seeing so many of his students sent to his office and suspended, describes actions he took to create a more positive school climate and discipline, including implementation of restorative practices
 
 Discipline

Art Classes Improve Students’ Discipline, Writing, and Compassion. The Houston Education Research Consortium reports that learning experiences in the arts bring a suite of other benefits, such as reducing disciplinary problems, improve writing skills, and increasing compassion for others.

Positive Approach to Classroom Management Yields 97% Suspension Reduction. eSchool News examines classroom management and student behavior strategies used over a four-year period in a high-poverty Title I school to reduce office referrals by 37%, in-school suspension days by 52%, and out-of-school suspension days by 97%, while also increasing passing rates on state-administered tests by 17%.
 
 Emergency Management
What Is Bystander Care and Why Is It So Important? First responders take about 10 minutes on average to arrive at the scene of an emergency. Bystander care could assist in saving a life.
 
 Expanded Learning Partnerships
Resources. Temescal Associates and Expanded Learning 360/365 have available a number of resources useful in collaboration between day school and afterschool staff in creating supportive environments that foster positive academic, social-emotional, and developmental outcomes. These include guides for afterschool staff on youth development and engagement, building caring relationships between adults and youth, and building positive climates.
 
 Mental Health
Cops and No Counselors. How the Lack of School Mental Health Staff Is Harming Students. Nationwide report provides the first state-level student-to-staff ratio comparison for school-based mental health personnel and school-based law enforcement. A key finding is that schools are under-resourced and students are overcriminalized. Funding for school-based police is on the rise, while schools face a critical shortage of counselors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers.

School increased teacher retention and decreased students ‘falling through the cracks’ by adding mental health professionals. Positive benefits of prioritizing mental health at a Colorado elementary school where one in four students is homeless and 15% have special needs include lower teacher turnover, a reduction in stigma against addressing mental health, and improved staff knowledge of how to help improve student behavior. 

Teen Center at Atlantic City High School Helps Tackle Mental Illness, Stigma. Mental health issues and poverty are prevalent in Atlantic City. AtlantiCare Teen Center at Atlantic City High School aims to intervene at a key point in young people’s development by providing no cost one-on-one counseling and group therapy sessions and onsite nurses and a case manager for sick visits, physicals, STD and pregnancy tests, and more.

Childhood Social-Emotional Functioning Linked To Early-Onset Mental Health Conditions. Many mental health disorders emerge during early adolescence and early mental health indicators are difficult to identify. In a prospective cohort study, researchers found an association between social-emotional functioning profiles at kindergarten and physician-assessed mental health conditions by age 14. 
 
 Safety
What’s it like to go to school when dozens have been killed nearby? Schools, especially in areas of high crime, need to deal with physical and psychological harms that thousands of students experience, directly and indirectly, near campuses, according an LA Times report. Violence at schools as well as near them can cause a wide range of issues for young people, including PTSD and abuse problems, school absenteeism, and inability to concentrate in class.

Utah lawmakers give final passage to pared-down school safety bill. A bill intended to improve school safety in Utah, developed in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, won final passage March 13. HB120 directs the State School Board to develop safety protocols, offer training to schools, and hire one expert from law enforcement and another from behavioral health to work on school safety initiatives.

The Path to Safer Schools. ASCE Express examines measures schools are taking to keep students safe, emphasizing that the path to safer schools leads beyond security checkpoints and into the culture of schools, where social emotional learning, relationships, mental health, and student voice are as essential as threat response and recovery plans.

Vermont Calls on Kids to Help Promote School Safety. The state of Vermont has launched a new program to enlist middle and high schoolers to create "See Something, Say Something" PSAs to promote awareness and ways to report threats of school violence.

 Social-Emotional Learning
Learning in Action. ASCD Express examines what SEL looks like in real-life schools, how educators and schools are integrating SEL into the curriculum, what changes this involves in instructional practice and support, what impact SEL has, and how are schools measuring it.
 
 Student Supports

Homeless Student Count Increases. The number of homeless students in American public schools rose by more than 100,000 in 2017, hitting an all-time high of nearly 1.36 million, finds a new report by Education Leads Home. The study looked at new data reported from 26 states on the number and graduation rates of their homeless students. The rise is not related to better reporting; the causes seem to vary widely from community to community, from rapidly rising housing costs in some communities to fallout from the opioid and methamphetamines epidemic in others.
 
CalSCHLS Helpline:  888.841.7536
SCCN #75  03/15/19
In this issue:

 
 California Corner
 Attendance
 Bullying
 Climate and Culture
 Discipline
 Emergency Management
 Expanded Learning Partnerships
 Mental Health
 Safety
 Social-Emotional Learning
 Student 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
Youth Mental Health First Aid training from CDE
Information  &  Flyer

2019 California School-Based Health Conference
Hosted by CSHA & the L.A. Trust for Children’s Health.
May 9-10 
Early-Bird Ends March 31
Information & Registration

FREE Webinars

Addressing the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic: A Trauma-Informed Cross-Sector Approach
Tue, Mar 19, 7:00 am (PT)
Information & Registration

Mental Health and Student Learning Outcomes: An Introduction
Thur, Mar 21, 3:00 pm (PT)
Information & Registration

Research-Based, Trauma-Responsive Education Practices
View the webinar's agenda.
Thurs, Mar 28, 1:00 pm (PT)
Information and Registration

Webinar Series:

Mental Health and Student Learning Outcomes

Flyer

Mental Health and Student Learning Outcomes: An Introduction
Thur, Mar 21, 3:00 pm (PT)
Information & Registration

Trauma-Informed Suicide Prevention for Educators: Stories, Science, and Strategies
Thur, Apr 4, 3:00 pm (PT)
Information & Registration

Working Together for Wellness - A Mindful Approach to School Site Leader and Teacher Collaboration for Whole School Wellness
Thur, May 16, 3:00 pm (PT)
Information & Registration

When There is One School Counselor: Strategies to Reach All Students Nevertheless
Tues, Jun 18, 3:00 pm (PT)
Information & Registration

Homeless Youth and Schools

McKinney-Vento 101: Understanding the Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness
(Handouts available online)
Thu, Mar 28, 11:00 am (PT)

McKinney-Vento School Selection Rights
(Handouts available online)
Tue, Apr 9, 11:00 am (PT)

Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Students Experiencing Homelessness
(Handouts available online)
Wed, Apr 17, 11:00 am (PT)

Understanding Doubled-Up
(Handouts available online)
Thu, Apr 25, 11:00 am (PT)

Information & Registration

Conferences

2019 California School-Based Health Conference
Hosted by CSHA & the L.A. Trust for Children’s Health.
May 9-10
Early-Bird Ends March 31
Information & Registration
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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