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Funding Opportunities; Attendance; Bullying; Discipline; Mental Health; Safety; Social-Emotional Learning; Youth Voice and Engagement; California Corner; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter
 Funding Opportunities

School Climate Transformation Grant Program-Local Educational Agency Grants. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 22, 2019. The Office of Elementary and Secondary Schools is accepting applications for the School Climate Transformation Grant - Local Education Agency Grants (SCTG-LEA). The SCTG-LEA program provides competitive grants to local educational agencies to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing a multi-tiered system of support, for improving school climate.

Project Prevent Grant Program. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 15, 2019. The Department of Education invites applications for the fiscal year 2019. Project Prevent grant program is designed to increase the capacity of local education agencies to help schools in communities with pervasive violence to better address the needs of affected students and to break the cycle of violence in those communities.

 Attendance

Rural Districts. About 11 percent of California students are chronically absent, with the highest rates occurring in rural districts, fueled by poverty and isolation. 

 Bullying

Need for School Data. If the term bullying is ubiquitous these days, there is little to no uniform data collected on bullying across Wisconsin and much of the country.  Read the importance of tracking how much of it occurs in schools.

School and Cyber Bullying Rates. A national parent survey indicates that over half of youth over age 11 have experienced bullying in one form or another.  About 83% of the bullying occurs at school, with almost one-fifth of youth experiencing cyberbullying.

 Discipline

Corporal Punishment. The UCLA Civil Rights Project reports that Black students and students with disabilities are among most likely to be struck in the public schools still practicing corporal punishment.
 
 Mental Health
Use of Therapy Dogs.  The therapy dogs in Wausau, Wisconsin, schools have been helping students with anxiety, stress, depression, boost morale, and even improve school attendance. 

Rising Trends. NEA Today updates the growing evidence of "the epidemic of anxiety" among students, which now tops the list of problems teens identify, and how high-stakes testing and social media may be contributing to it.
   In an analysis of trends in private health care claim records between 2007 to 2017, youth ages 0 to 22 were heavily represented in the increase in claim lines with mental health diagnoses, adding to the evidence that depression and anxiety are growing problems for America’s youth. 

Program Outcomes. A pilot program that offers mental health services at 22 Wichita schools is finishing its first year with signs of success, including improvements in student attendance, behavior, and academic performance.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Read how school counselors are increasingly helping students deal with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.

 Safety

Perceptions of Law Enforcement. CHKS data from a large sample of high school students in eight diverse, low‐income communities, shows that, overall, students of color, especially Black students, had less positive perceptions of police in their communities and, to a lesser extent, their schools than their White peers. The findings suggest that a police presence may not make all young people feel safe and that it is important to understand and address students’ disparate experiences of law enforcement.

Need for More Attention. A new report from the San Diego, California, County Grand Jury found that school districts had generally prepared themselves for active shooter situations, but need to make school safety a bigger funding priority

 Social-Emotional Learning
Assessment. Researchers who examined data from five large California school districts concluded that measures of students’ personal strengths and interpersonal skills are not reliable enough at this point to include in school accountability systems. 

Lessons from The Common Core. As SEL basks in popularity, the headwinds experienced by the Common Core provide lessons on what could go wrong and what might be done.
 
 Youth Voice and Engagement

Supporting Students. In the May Educational Leadership, students and teachers explore the struggles and joys unique to the teenage years and the ways in which schools can shepherd students through them. 

Value of After School Experiences. Schools are advised to create connections to teens' lives outside of school, integrate outside experiences, interests, and skill building into school lessons, including projects that connect academic content with students' out-of-school lives. 

 

 
 CalSCHLS Improvements

Look forward to three new features of the CalSCHLS system starting next school year: (1) an improved online administration system; (2) the option for districts to have their own dashboard of school-level CHKS results; and (3) a new social-emotional competency survey that will have the option of confidentially tracking student-level results.  Contact your CalSCHLS Advisor for more information.
 
CalSCHLS Helpline:  888.841.7536
SCCN #78  06/25/19
In this issue:

 
 Funding Opportunities
 Attendance
 Bullying
 Discipline
 Mental Health
 Safety
 Social-Emotional Learning
 Youth Voice and Engagement
 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
 


 
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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