Title IV Funding; Bullying; Mental Health; Student Voice; SEL; Expanded Learning; Parent Involvement; School Safety; SAPs; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter
 Title IV Funding

How Do Districts Plan to Use Their ESSA Block Grant Money?
Many districts are about to get a big boost in funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, better known as Title IV of the ESSA. Districts can use Title IV funding to help students become safer and healthier, more well-rounded, or make better use of technology. Districts that get $30,000 or more must do a needs assessment, spend at least 20 percent on an activity that makes students safer, and 20 percent on something that makes kids more well-rounded. Learn more in the EdWeek blog.
 Bullying Prevention

Building Healthy Schools Conference
August 15
Palo Alto, CA
The International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) is hosting a regional bullying prevention conference in Palo Alto focused on building positive school climate through prevention. Participants will hear from national presenters and have an opportunity to network with local professionals to establish new connections and learn about additional resources in their area. See the website. Download the flyer.

 Mental Health

What Educators Need to Know about Suicide
Open conversations and offers of help can be a crucial lifeline for students, suicide prevention experts say. As suicide rates have continued a multi-year trend of gradually increasing, the prevention community has expanded its focus beyond mental health providers and counselors by seeking to embed resources and knowledge among other members of the community, including educators. Learn more.

Traumatic Experiences Report
A SAMHSA report, Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences, shows that nearly half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Children and youth who have experienced traumatic events are at risk of developing serious emotional disturbances or serious mental illness.
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 Student Voice

When schools are intentional about encouraging students to speak up and share their ideas, it serves to motivate individuals, improve whole school climates, and give administrators valuable insights that can reshape their work. The Washoe County, Nevada, school district weaves broad student voice efforts into its social-emotional learning strategy. Read the article and watch the video.

 Social-Emotional Learning

Gift Expands SEL Program Nationwide
A $100 million gift will allow the Sanford Harmony social-emotional learning program to make its curriculum and teacher training available for free to students in pre-k through 6th-grade schools nationwide. Sanford Harmony uses lessons and classroom strategies in five focus areas: diversity and inclusion; empathy and critical thinking; communication; problem-solving; and peer relationships. Read the blog to learn more.
 Expanded Learning

Afterschool and Summer Learning Supports College and Career Readiness
National League of Cities' (NLC) Insitute for Youth, Education, and Families briefs highlight the ways in which afterschool and summer learning programs help develop students’ college and career readiness and, in turn, support the economic success of cities. For students, future success is influenced by academic success, social and emotional and foundation skills, school attendance, graduation, and knowledge of future opportunities.

 Parent Involvement

Involvement of Fathers. Though much of the parent involvement research focuses on mothers, emerging studies show involved fathers can significantly improve their children's educational progress. An analysis of 66 studies of urban children in pre-K through college found that, on average, involved fathers of all races were associated with significantly better education outcomes, equal to nearly a half year of typical academic learning. Continue reading the blog.

 School Safety

Federal Commission on School Safety Focuses on School Climate
The Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS)  held its first field visit at Frank Hebron-Harman Elementary School in Hanover, Maryland, on May 31, 2018, to focus on school climate and prevention efforts implemented by local schools. The Commission heard from administrators, principals, teachers, students and a national expert about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a framework designed to improve social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students. Learn more and watch the video of the event.

School Policing Survey Results
An EdWeek Research Center report graphically depicts the results of a national survey of school resource officers (SRO). Topics covered include employers, roles and duties, challenges and morale, school shootings, and SRO demographics.

 Student Assistance Programs
Student Assistance Programs (SAPs) evolved in the 1980s as a process for schools to identify and address the needs of students having problems with substance use, including referral to treatment. They soon expanded to help address a wide range of issues that impede adolescent academic achievement. A new CDE website provides information to help schools implement an effective SAP program.
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SCCN #68  06/28/18
In this issue:

 Title IV Funding
 Bullying Prevention
 Mental Health
 Student Voice
 Expanded Learning
 Parent Involvement
 School Safety
Upcoming Events

Free Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid training from CDE
Information  &  Flyer
E-Cig Factsheet
E-Cigs shaped like USB flash drives: Information for parents, educators, and health care providers

Suicide Prevention
SAMHSA website
Facts & Resources

Suicide Warning Signs
 Upcoming Events

FREE Webinars
Webinar Series:
Homeless Youth and Schools

Understanding the Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness
Wed, July 11, 11:00 am (PT)

Understanding Doubled-Up
Tue, July 17, 11:00 am (PT)

Paving the Way to College for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Tue, July 31, 11:00 am (PT) ​
Information & Registration

Bullying Prevention
Building Healthy Schools: Bullying Prevention and Positive Mental Health
Wed,  Aug 15,  8:30-3:45
Palo Alto, CA
Regional conference focused on building positive school climate through prevention.
The School Climate Connection Newsletter is provided through a partnership between the California Department of Education and WestEd. Its purpose is to disseminate current information about, and provide educators with, learning supports for school climate assessment and intervention, including up-to-date information on California's School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey System (CalSCHLS).

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