California law requires rewarding students for attendance. New research suggests
In some cases, it can actually discourage students in grades 6-12 from putting in effort to attend.
from Florida State University finds middle-school girls are far more likely than boys to notice instances of bullying and interpret them as emergencies.
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
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%.
What Is Bystander Care and Why Is It So Important? Emergency Management
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
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
Cops and No Counselors. How the Lack of School Mental Health Staff Is Harming Students. Mental Health
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.
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.