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School Climate Connection Newsletter
 CalSCHLS Corner

New Law Affects LGBT Survey Items
California AB 677 prohibits any local educational agency that chooses to administer a voluntary survey already including questions pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity, such as the CHKS, from removing those questions. The new law goes into effect in 2018.

 Public Awareness

New Poll: Safe and Positive School Environment more Important than Higher Test Scores
In evaluating school performance, registered voters in California say creating a safe and positive school environment is far more important than higher scores on standardized tests, according to a Berkeley IGS/EdSource poll. Voters also express considerable concerns about bullying, school fights, and other forms of intimidation or violence on school campuses, along with harassment that students experience through social media.

 Mental Health

Traumatic Experiences Widespread Among U.S. Children
Almost four out of every ten children have had at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE). At least 25 percent of children in sixteen states have had two or more ACEs, based on data from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported study. The study’s issue brief includes the percentage of children who have had an ACE by state. The ten states with the highest rates are either in the South or West.

Teacher Wellness
When students are traumatized, teachers are too. Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.


Poverty’s Effect on Graduation
One of the state's leading experts on how to increase graduation rates says 100 percent graduation rate is not likely to happen without far-reaching changes in the society as a whole. Until poverty is eliminated, schools will not graduate 100 percent of students.

Nearly Half of America’s Poor Are Younger Than Age 25
In 2016, more than 44 million Americans were living in poverty, according to the KIDS COUNT Data Center. The nation’s youngest residents — individuals 24 years old or younger — account for nearly 50% of this population in poverty (32% are children; 14% are young adults ages 18 to 24).

See additional resources in sidebar.

 Disparities in Education

Barriers to Opportunity
Children of color and children of immigrant families still face persistent barriers to opportunity and well-being almost a decade after the onset of the Great Recession, a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds. Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children measures how children from different racial backgrounds are faring on the path to opportunity. Read more.

Teacher Expectations
White teachers are generally less optimistic about their black students' chances of obtaining a four-year degree than black teachers, a new study finds. And those lowered expectations could become "self-fulfilling prophecies" when students internalize them or when teachers change their approach to students as a result. Read more.

 Underserved Youth

Connecting Migrant Students with Critical Services
Migrant students are highly mobile and often academically at risk. To help schools connect these students with critical academic and support services, WestEd developed the statewide Migrant Student Information Network.


OCTOBER is Bullying Prevention Month.

Using Technology to Prevent School Bullying
The proliferation of edtech in schools has given students new ways to connect and communicate. Unfortunately, being able to access the internet also tempts students to harass and bully their peers. Although technology is the root cause of a significant number of problems in modern schools, it can also be used to prevent them before they start or solve them once they occur.

See additional resources in sidebar.

Bullying Statistics
According to the 2014–2015 School Crime Supplement, nationwide about 21% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying in 2015 (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics). 

According to the 2013-15 Biennial State CHKS, 40% of 7th graders and 30% of 11th graders in California experienced some bullying or harassment in school in the past 12 months, 30% and 24%, respectively, for one or more of five biased-related reasons (gender, race/ethnicity, religion, disability, and/or sexual orientation). 

CDE's school climate What Works Brief #7, Harassment and Bullying, provides a summary of effective prevention strategies.

 College and Career Readiness

Career Education
California’s public schools must do more to prepare non-college going students for the workforce, according to voter poll responses. A major goal of reforms in California schools, including the Common Core standards and the Local Control Funding Formula, is to prepare students for both college and the workplace.  But the emphasis in public schools in recent decades has been on preparing students for success in college, at the expense of more vocationally oriented courses or pathways.


SB 250 Ends ‘Meal Shaming' in Schools
A new California law will ensure that children are not denied a full lunch because of their parents’ debt. The bill will also end “meal shaming,” the practice used in some districts across the nation of verbally reprimanding students in the lunch line or stamping children’s hands as a reminder to their parents they owe money.

 School Leadership

Principal Training 
High-flying school systems have something in common when it comes to recruiting, training, and deploying school leaders: they take a systematic approach. A new study by the National Center on Education and the Economy found similar approaches to training principals in school systems that routinely scored in the top 10 in math, science, and literacy on an international test.

 Funding Opportunity

Support for 'Student-Centered' Learning Systems
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Ford Foundation are teaming up with three national organizations that promote whole-child initiatives for a new program that will award up to $150,000 each to 10 communities that propose new ideas for meeting the needs of diverse student populations. Learn more.

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SCCN #61  10/26/17
In this issue:

 CalSCHLS Corner
 Public Awareness
 Mental Health
 Underserved Youth
 College & Career
 School Leadership
 Funding Opportunity
Upcoming Events


Free Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid training from CDE
Information  &  Flyer

Interactive database
Kids Count Data Center

Interactive Map
CA Homeless Students

Bullying Websites
Pacer Center

Teens Against Bullying

SAMHSA KnowBullying

Bullying Prevention
Training Course

Tobacco Website
Fact sheets, Tool kits

 Upcoming Events

FREE Webinars

Equity of Opportunity: Closing the Achievement Gap
Thu, Nov 9, 11:00 am (PT)
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School Accountability, School Quality & Absenteeism Under ESSA
Tue, Nov 14, 11:00 am (PT)
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ESSA and State Report Cards
Wed, Nov 29, 11:00 am (PT)
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Webinar Series: Hosted by WestEd's School Climate and Wellness Partnership

School Climate and Wellness Foundations: Strategic Goals for Improved Teaching and Learning
Fri, Oct 27, 11:00 am (PT)
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Numbers Tell a Story: Using School Climate Data to Drive Student Engagement and Motivation
Wed, Nov 29, 11:00 am (PT)
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Refueling Mid-Year: Self and Collective Care for School-Based Staff 
Wed, Feb 20, 11:00 am (PT)
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Crossing the Finish Line: Student Wellness and End-of-Year Transitions
Wed, Apr 11, 11:00 am (PT)
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Webinar Series:  Homeless Youth and Schools

Paving the Way to College for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Fri, Nov 10, 11:00 am (PT)

Determining McKinney-Vento Eligibility: Changes under ESSA
Fri, Nov 17, 11:00 am (PT)

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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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