Student Film Contest
California Middle and High school students, in partnership with a club or a class, can create and submit a 60-second film on student mental health or suicide prevention for a film contest. Great learning experience with prizes! Winning students will be paid to attend an award ceremony in May. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2018. Go to the Directing Change website for more information (www.directingchangeca.org
More than 4 percent of adolescents and 10 percent of young adults nationwide were living on the street, in cars or shelters, or couch-surfing at some point in the last year, according to a University of Chicago study
Understanding how California Serves its Homeless Children:
A Quick Guide.
As California’s housing shortage intensifies, the number of homeless children is expected to climb. Since 2014, the number of homeless youth in California has jumped 20 percent, to more than 202,329, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of the overall public school population. Homeless children are enrolled in nearly every district in the state, according to the California Homeless Youth Project. An EdSource special project explored the issue in detail, and includes a map showing the number of homeless students in California schools.
: The CHKS provides an estimate of the percentage of homeless secondary students based on student self-report. Districts can request a CHKS report on the characteristics and needs of their homeless youth.
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Latino Students Face Steep Inequities Compared to White Peers
Latino youth in California make up a majority of the student population but face daunting obstacles in schools, including less access to quality preschools, honors classes, and college counseling than their white peers, according to a report by Education Trust-West
. For further information on racial-ethnic inequities in student supports, engagement, and well-being in California, see CHKS Factsheet #9.
Suspension & Expulsion Trends
Suspension, Expulsion Rates Fall Sharply in Public Schools
School suspensions and expulsions in California have dropped dramatically among all racial and ethnic groups over the past five years but a significant gap
remains for African American students, according to new state data.
Searchable Database of Suspension and Expulsion Rates
Here is a look at the five-year suspension and expulsion rates by school throughout the state. In this searchable database
, susp. stands for suspension and exp. stands for expulsion.
The National Guard Youth Challenge Program (NGYCP), which operates in 28 states and Puerto Rico, helps high school dropouts get back on track for graduation. Sunburst Youth Academy
, an NGYCP on the Joint Forces Training Base in Orange County, enhances life skills, education levels, employment potential, and prospects for the future by providing the opportunity for participants to obtain their high school diploma, GED, or return to high school.
A new National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) publication
highlights the achievements of states and local school districts/schools related to the implementation of 1305 school-based State Public Health Actions.
New School Safety CHKS Analysis
A new school safety study
involving a sample of 49,638 students who participated in the 2010–2012 California Healthy Kids Survey examined the association between two characteristics of school climate (sense of community and teacher support) and students’ feelings of being unsafe at school.
The findings revealed that, at the individual level, students perceiving higher levels of sense of community and teacher support at school were less likely to feel unsafe within the school environment. At the school level, sense of community was negatively associated with unsafe feelings, whereas there was no association between school-level teacher support and feelings of being unsafe at school.
While there's been a spotlight on sexual violence on college campuses in recent years, sexual assault and harassment are also problems in elementary and secondary schools and warrants more attention, a panel of experts told a congressional task force on sexual violence. Learn more
U.S. Students Work Better in Teams
American teenagers performed above the international average in a new test of collaborative problem-solving—and "much better ... than would be expected based on their scores in science, reading, and mathematics." That was one finding
of the Program for International Student Assessment's (PISA) first test of collaborative problem-solving.
Principals like SEL but struggle implementing SEL strategies. Principals see a lack of time, inadequate teacher training, and funding as barriers to carrying out social-emotional learning in their schools, a nationally representative survey
Meaningful Teacher Participation
California teachers, more than peers in other states, feel empowered to voice their opinions
and say they have influence over decisions and policies in their schools. In increasing numbers, they say they are satisfied with the instructional materials they are using and the school based, peer-led training they are receiving.
Setting Academic Expectations
The idea that positive expectations influence performance positively is known as the Pygmalion effect. But do teacher expectations have much impact on student motivation and performance? This article
, from a series on how psychology research can inform teaching, discusses results from a study on teacher expectations and its impact on the classroom.
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