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Bullying; Climate and Culture; Discipline; Health; Mental Health; Safety; Social-Emotional Learning; Student Supports; Whole Child; California Corner; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter
 Bullying

Student Perceptions of Bullying. The National Center for Education Statistics released three new Data Point Reports entitled Students’ Perceptions of Bullying based on nationally representative sample surveys of students ages 12 to 18. Internalizing Problems. Researchers report on the bi-directional relationship between bullying and internalizing problems and the implications for practice.

 Climate and Culture

Model District. The California PBIS Coalition honored several Fontana USD schools for creating a positive school climate. 

Portland Survey. Portland school climate surveys find that, compared to other US school districts, Portland public schools ranked near the bottom 10th percent.

Community Building. Edutopia discusses how physical activity provides an opportunity to build character and use teamwork to foster relationships, positive culture, and a sense of belonging in schools.

Relationship Building. Read how Springfield Renaissance School in Massachusetts promotes academic success by building a culture of respect and safety rooted in strong relationships, emotional safety, and self-directed learning.

Communicating Value. San Francisco celebrated Inclusive Schools Week to recognize the progress schools are making to create safe and supportive learning environments for increasingly diverse student populations.

 Discipline

Addressing Disproportionate Discipline. Shelby County Schools in Tennessee is changing its approach to disciplining students with disabilities to include implementing Social-Emotional Learning and reducing disproportionality.

Social Contracts. When students and teachers at John C. Haines Elementary School in Chicago collaborated to create shared behavior expectations, the whole class invested in the norms.

State Ban on Isolated Seclusion. The Illinois State Board of Education has ended the use of isolated seclusion in school disciplinary actions and committed to improved data collection.​

Indigenous Student Disparities. A report released by the ACLU of Montana identifies continued disparities in discipline for Native American students.

 Health

Tobacco Use. The 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey indicates 53.3% of high school students and 24.3% of middle school students have tried a tobacco product.

Vaping Control. The Utah Board of Education passed an emergency measure allowing schools to ban electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.
 
 Mental Health

Emergency Room Visits Rise. Emergency Rooms throughout California are reporting a sharp increase in adolescents and young adults seeking care for a mental health crisis.
 
Addressing Student Mental Health Needs. Over half of children with major depression in Massachusetts receive no treatment. Boston Public Schools is trying to address their complex needs by placing more psychologists and licensed clinical social workers directly in schools.
 
Teachers Addressing Student Stress. Seventy percent of teens say stress is a major problem. Edutopia describes how teachers are offering solutions through strategies such as embedding social-emotional learning and positive psychology into instruction.
 
Academic Outcomes. A $35 million investment in mental health is improving student achievement at Aurora schools.

Trauma Tip Sheet. The Readiness Emergency Management for Schools TA Center has a 2-page “10 Tips for Teaching the Psychological First Aid Model” to provide response guidelines.

Web-Based App. The Virtual Healthy School is now available from the CDC on mobile devices. Users can learn about how to implement evidence-based school health practices within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model.

 Safety

Importance of Wellness. This January issue of The Journal of the National Association of State Boards of Education focuses on the intersection of student safety, the quality of the learning environment, and wellness.
 
Web-Based Apps. North Carolina has created two web-based apps for schools to help put together risk management plans and communicate pertinent details to emergency responders.

Secret Service Report. A US Secret Service report summarizes key findings from a review of incidents of school violence, including the role of bullying, underscoring the importance of comprehensive prevention efforts.
 
Effects of Active Shooter Drills. Experts and parents share concerns about how shooting drills can negatively impact the psychological development of children.

Colorado Program Funding. In response to the deadly Denver school shooting in May, a Colorado county has approved $10 million for school safety projects and mental health programming.

Data Access. 2017-18 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) data are now available to researchers. 

Training Opportunity. The US Department of Education is offering a new day-long train-the-educator Training to support school teams in preventing and addressing adult sexual misconduct (ASM).

 Social-Emotional Learning

Resources. Explore SEL is an interactive resource from the Harvard EASEL Lab that helps users understand various SEL frameworks and explore key concepts.
 
Assessment. A panel of 28 educators has produced a brief that offers 10 practitioner beliefs about SEL assessment, including action steps and reflection questions.
 
 Student Supports

Foster Students. California students in foster care miss more school than any other group of students and struggle to succeed academically as they face multiple obstacles just getting to school.

LGBTQ Youth. Starting in the 2020 school year, New Jersey will become the second state to mandate instruction recognizing the LGBTQIA community and its cultural contributions.
 
 Whole Child
Resources. The Society for Public Health Education has three new fact sheets on the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model that focus on strengthening stakeholders to build an equity framework that supports students. 
 

Rising Need for Counselors. The efforts of California schools to increase their counseling staff has not kept pace with the need for mental health services.

Health. New heating and ventilation systems in California schools are often not properly adjusted or programmed to provide enough healthy ventilation, according to researchers.
 
Homelessness. The California state auditor reports that state schools were under identifying youth experiencing homelessness and not always using sufficient or effective identification methods.
 

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SCCN #84  12/18/19
In this issue:

 
 Bullying
 Climate and Culture
 Discipline
 Health
 Mental Health
 Safety
 Social-Emotional Learning
 Student Supports
 Whole Child
 California Corner
 Resources
 Upcoming Events


Resources

SCCN updates and other resources are posted on CDE's School Climate Website by Topic Category
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 Upcoming Events

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