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School Climate Connection Newsletter
 CalSCHLS Corner

Statewide Reports
Just released on the CalSCHLS website are three new statewide reports. Please visit the website ( to view or download any of the reports below:

2015-2017 Statewide CHKS Elementary Report 
2015-2017 Statewide CSSS Staff Report
2015-2017 Statewide Mental Health Report Card
Attendance Matters!
These Attendance Matters! videos describe the prevalence, causes, and academic consequences of chronic absenteeism nationally and share how three rural school districts in California's Central Valley are reducing chronic absence by using data, building a culture of attendance, and partnering with their communities to strengthen student supports.
 ESSA and School Climate

An EdWeek review reveals relatively few states are including "school climate" in their ESSA accountability systems. Although the ESSA requires states to pick an indicator of school quality or student success to measure alongside test scores, most states picked either chronic absenteeism and/or college and career readiness. California selected school discipline data.

 SEL Strategies

We Want to Hear About Your Successes
Send us a description of your successful efforts to promote a safe, supportive, and engaging school climate, social-emotional and physical health, and parent involvement — especially with evaluated programs with evidence of effectiveness. Include information about who newsletter readers can contact for more information. Please send to

Promise Letters
For students to feel socially and emotionally safe and connected, they must feel welcomed and also have trust and confidence in their teacher’s ability to teach and care for them. For many Sacramento City USD teachers, the first day of school is an opportunity to use Promise Letters to communicate to students the explicit promises of trust and confidence-building that will set the social and emotional tone for the rest of the year. For more information, contact SCUSD SEL Director Mai Xi Lee.

Teacher Evaluations
Teachers' impact on non-cognitive skills, like adaptability, motivation, and self-restraint, is 10 times more predictive of students' long-term success than teachers' impact on student test scores, according to a study published in the journal Education Next.
 Mental Health
Mental Health & Strong Relationships
A new report from Child Trends finds that educators, students, and state-level policymakers across the United States view supporting mental health and cultivating interpersonal relationships as critical, but overlooked, elements necessary to building healthy schools.
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 Trauma-Informed Education

Interventions that help students think flexibly and feel more control over their learning may help counter the effects of disadvantage and trauma, suggests emerging research at the International Mind-Brain Education conference.

 LGBTQ Students

Hostility Toward LGBTQ in Schools
After years of improvement in school climate, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students could be facing more hostile environments on campus, a new national student survey found. Overall, more than 80% of LGBTQ students were harassed or assaulted at school in 2017, with roughly one-in-six students reporting that they were physically assaulted at school because of their sexual orientation or gender expression.

Transgender Support
Although youth who identify as a gender other than the one assigned to them at birth have among the highest rates of suicide, depression, and self-harm, a supportive and safe environment can significantly reduce these risks. Read the Child Trends article on the risk of misgendering transgender youth.

Note: Of the 15% of high school students on the 2015-17 State CHKS who identified themselves with a nonheterosexual category or "not sure," about 1.5% selected "transgender," twice the overall percentage in the Child Trend report.

 Workplace Climate
Burnout and Demoralization
Teaching can be an overwhelming job where the pressure doesn't let up when the bell rings. Many teachers dive into their work, staying late with students and lesson-planning past their bedtime, only to start the cycle again the next morning. So it's no surprise that one in 10 teachers leave the profession after their first year. Read more.

Effective Principals
Research has shown that having a strong school leader matters in terms of whether teachers stay in their jobs. But a new study finds that effective principals are not only skilled at keeping high-performing teachers—they also strategically don't retain the low performers.
The FDA has launched “The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign, an effort aimed at educating kids about the dangers of e-cigarettes. The campaign targets nearly 10.7 million youth, aged 12-17, who have used e-cigarettes or are open to trying them.
 Expanded Learning
The State of the State of Expanded Learning in California 2017-2018 provides an overview of the public investment in expanded learning opportunities in California. This year’s report outlines that expanded learning programs provide after school and summer learning opportunities to nearly 800,000 of California’s students with the greatest needs through over 4,500 expanded learning programs.
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SCCN #70  10/30/18
In this issue:

 CalSCHLS Corner
 SEL Strategies
 Mental Health
 LGBTQ Students
 Workplace Climate
 Expanded Learning
Upcoming Events


Free Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid training from CDE
Information  &  Flyer
Youth resources
Youth Engaged 4 Change 
Updated website

Attendance Matters!
Kerman USD
Parlier USD
Tulare City SD

E-cigarette resources
FDA "The Real Cost"
Campaign resources

FDA Exchange Lab
Tobacco ed resources
 Upcoming Events

FREE Webinars
Webinar Series:
Homeless Youth and Schools

Determining McKinney-Vento Eligibility under ESSA
Tue, Nov 6, 11:00 am (PT)
Wed, Dec 12, 11:00 am (PT)

Paving the Way to College for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Thur, Nov 8, 11:00 am (PT) 

McKinney-Vento 101: Understanding the Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness
Thur, Nov 15, 11:00 am (PT) 
Tue, Dec 4, 11:00 am (PT)

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