September 2020 | Issue #91
Each month, the California Safe and Supportive Schools Newsletter delivers to your in-box the latest research, resources, policies, and practices related to school climate, safety, and well-being. This monthly newsletter is developed by WestEd in collaboration with the California Department of Education.

Using MTSS to Address Childhood Trauma

This policy brief summarizes the evidence-base of multi-tiered trauma-informed approaches in schools, provides examples and resources to mitigate and prevent trauma and support wellbeing, and considers systems and structures for sustained implementation.

Addressing Cyberbullying amid COVID-19

Learn steps educators and families can take to support students in thoughtfully navigating and safely experiencing their online learning communities.

Implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Framework

This guide from the Center on PBIS focuses on using an MTSS framework to meet the academic, health, safety, social-emotional, and behavioral needs of students, families, and educators during and after crisis.

Monitoring Attendance in Distance Learning

Attendance Works proposes a framework for monitoring attendance during the pandemic that includes: Contact, connectivity, relationships, and participation.

Planning for Healthy School Communities

Kaiser Permanente released a playbook and supplemental resources for school and district leaders for in-person and virtual environments with actionable steps and strategies for meeting the academic, health, and well-being needs of the school community.

Strategies for Creating Community and Sense of Belonging during Remote Learning

Learn about strategies for creating a strong classroom culture and establishing routines online.

Using an Equity Lens

This report offers six key recommendations for creating equitable learning environments by focusing on adult mindsets and school policies that support social, emotional and academic development.

Prioritizing Educator Well-Being

The brief focuses on strategies and resources to promote and support educator well-being, including examples of successful implementation of educator wellbeing practices in California school districts.

Taking Care of Teachers Social-Emotional Well-Being

Education Week released a special issue on teacher well-being during this time of disruption and unpredictability from the global pandemic coupled with the national reckoning on race.


Two recent research studies using CHKS data examine (1) the relationship between school safety and weight-related health behaviors in a sample of transgender and non-transgender students; and (2) whether a Gay-Straight Alliance limits the effect of a negative school climate as a risk factor for experiencing homophobic victimization.
This newsletter is provided monthly by WestEd under contract from the California Department of Education (CDE). It's 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, Heatlh, and Learning Survey (CalSCHLS) System.

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