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Discipline; Engagement; Mental Health; Parent Involvement; Physical Health; Safety; School Climate; Social-Emotional Learning; Whole Child; California Corner; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter
 Discipline

Restorative Practices Promising in Pittsburgh. RAND reports promising reductions in suspension rates and disparities in them by race and income, especially in elementary schools in Pittsburgh implementing restorative practices in a two-year randomized controlled trial. Teachers reported a significant improvement in the broader school climate. Academic outcomes did not improve.

 Engagement

Fostering Student Voice. Reimagine Minnesota, a committee of more than 40 superintendents in the state, has identified nine strategies for creating lasting equity and excellence in education for all students, the most important being student voice.

 Mental Health

Students Advocating for Mental Health Support. Tucson students are advocating for mental health support, sharing their stories of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and other mental health concerns, urging Tucson school districts to take action.

Prevention in Iowa Schools. Iowa mandates that all teachers get an hour of training on suicide prevention and the effects of adverse childhood experiences.  Read about what some schools have already done to address student emotional and behavioral health needs, including fostering caring adult relationships.

Prevention Strategies. Read how one Montana school is working to prevent suicide through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports and what school-based health clinics in Connecticut are doing to address the rise in mental health visits

Influences on Suicide. The pressure placed on youth to perform well in school and extracurricular activities, along with the anxiety it creates, are among the leading risk factors contributing to the growing number of youth suicides in Colorado, according to a new report by the state Attorney General.

See additional Mental Health content in California Corner.
 
 Parent Involvement
Barriers in Elementary Schools. A new NECS report focuses on barriers to parent-school involvement for early elementary students, using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study.
 
 Physical Health
Later School Start Time Pays Off. Students got 34 minutes more sleep on average, grades improved, and tardiness and absences declined when Seattle middle and high schools moved their start time nearly an hour later, according to a research study.
 
 Safety
Improve Understanding of Student Privacy Law. The U.S. Department of Education released a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions on schools’ and districts’ responsibilities under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the context of school safety.

Nevada Task Force Recommendations. A Nevada Governor’s Task Force presents recommendations for strategies to help improve school safety.
 
 School Climate (General)

Best Practices.  "Lessons from the Field," published by the National School Climate Center, details findings from a year-long study of six districts’ experiences with and best practices for creating safe, inclusive and engaging school communities.
 
 Social-Emotional Learning
Best Practices.  A RAND/Wallace Foundation report, “Investing in Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning,” provides guidance about best implementation practices. 

School-Family Collaboration. School and family partnerships can be as important for improving students' social and emotional development as for their academic progress, finds a new research meta-analysis.

Measurement.  A new report from FutureEd concludes that seeing district survey data about school climate and students' self-perception of social and emotional strengths can motivate educators to change their practices. What's not known is how effective are these adjustments. The report is based on data from Fresno USD in California.

Student Perspectives.  Many high school students believe their schools aren’t adequately preparing them for challenges they will face in college, career, and life, citing a lack of social and emotional skills, according to a new report from Civic.  Students also reported that social-emotional problems make it difficult for them to do their best in school.
 
 Whole Child
Policy.  Child Trend has published a review and analysis of state statutes and regulations related to the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model of healthy schools designed to help.

Resources.  The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) has released a Stories From The Field video series that explores tools and resources that can help in evaluating programs and expanding stakeholder networks to help promote academic success and social, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
 
 California Corner
2015-2017 County Reports. The 2015-17 Countywide CHKS Reports have been uploaded. These two-year aggregated reports encompass all schools that administered the CHKS within 2015-2017.

CalSCHLS Data Dashboard updated with 2017-2018 data.  The CalSCHLS data visualization dashboard has been updated to include 2017-18 district data and 2013-15 statewide data from the Biennial CHKS. The dashboard can be used to interactively examine trends over time and subgroup disparities on key indicators of school engagement & supports, school climate & safety, and student mental health & substance use.

Connecting School and Afterschool SEL. Sacramento City USD strives to bring better coherence and alignment to SEL implementation between regular day and expanded learning through a professional learning community. For more information contact Mai Xi Lee, SEL Director, SCUSD.

LCAP Guidance.  The California Department of Education has updated its Local Control Funding Formula Priority 6 (School Climate) Statements of Model Practices.  These include implementing school climate improvement schoolwide, conducting a school climate survey like the CHKS, building capacity for staff support and wellness, and providing student supports to promote engagement and safety.

Absenteeism.  Chronic absenteeism in California schools is up slightly, new state data show. Two PACE reports examine chronic absence performance levels, the effects of chronic absence, and what we have learned and need to know about how schools measure and reduce absenteeism.

Dating Violence.   A program aimed at helping adolescents get out of abusive relationships is in demand in Orange County’s middle schools.

Supporting Immigrant Students.  Read now California schools help unaccompanied immigrant students combat trauma and language barriers.
 
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SCCN #74  02/22/19
In this issue:

 
 Discipline
 Engagement
 Mental Health
 Parent Involvement
 Physical Health
 Safety
 School Climate
 Social-Emotional Learning
 Whole Child
 California Corner
Resources
Upcoming Events


Resources

SCCN updates and other resources are posted on CDE's School Climate Website by Topic Category
CaliforniaS3.wested.org/tools/school-climate-connection-resources
 
 Upcoming Events

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

FREE Webinars

Webinar Series:
Homeless Youth and Schools


Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Students Experiencing Homelessness
(Handouts available online)
Thu, Feb 28, 11:00 am (PT)
Wed, Apr 17, 11:00 am (PT)

Paving the Way to College for Students Experiencing Homelessness
(Handouts available online)
Wed, Mar 6, 11:00 am (PT) 

Determining Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Service
(Handouts available online)
Thu, Mar 14, 11:00 am (PT)

McKinney-Vento 101: Understanding the Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness
(Handouts available online)
Thu, Mar 28, 11:00 am (PT)

McKinney-Vento School Selection Rights
(Handouts available online)
Tue, Apr 9, 11:00 am (PT)

Understanding Doubled-Up
(Handouts available online)
Thu, Apr 25, 11:00 am (PT)

Information & Registration
The School Climate Connection Newsletter is provided monthly by WestEd under contract from the California Department of Education (CDE). Its purpose is to disseminate current information on school climate practices, policies, and resources to empower schools on improving school safety, conditions for learning, and pupil engagement and well-being. It includes up-to-date information on California's School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (CalSCHLS) System (see http://calschls.org).

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