Addressing Challenges. Missouri and Kansas
district leaders discuss challenges and local efforts to improve attendance.
Cyberbullying Technology. Bullying
A school district technology director shares how monitoring software
helps support student safety.
Climate and Culture
The Aspen Institute’s Ross Wiener
highlights how students’ sense of belonging relates to equity and positively impacts student outcomes.
Read about culturally responsive strategies
that help foster a sense of belonging, respect, and challenge among all students.
Language to Talk About Disparities.
A national survey of teachers
looks at the use of language to talk about disparities in student outcomes.
Alternatives to Suspension.
Instead of suspending students, Talawanda Middle School (OH)
offers classes that address topics related to specific offenses.
Since implementing a policy six years ago to eliminate defiance suspensions and focusing on improving school climate, L.A. Unified
has seen substantial improvements.
This video series
highlights key strategies to increase student motivation.
The Coordinated School Health program in Washington County TN
uses a holistic approach to health-related barriers to learning.
A new survey
of American teens suggests that vaping is at a historical high.
Vaping Policy. Boulder Valley SD
has a policy of educating students about vaping, rather than suspending them.
Links to School Violence.
The Florida Roundup
discusses critical issues and solutions to address the relations between school violence and mental health.
On-Campus Care. Los Angeles high schools
will host on-campus clinics for sexual and mental health services as part of a groundbreaking wellness program.
Effects of School Shootings. Stanford University researchers
found that youths who attended a school where a shooting occurred increased their use of antidepressants by 21% two years later.
Continuous Improvement. Chula Vista Elementary SD (CA)
uses intentional, deep, and sustained commitment to building positive relationships as the driving force for continuous improvement.
Strategies. USA Today
reports that the most effective approaches to improving school safety include preventative measures such as threat assessment & management and improving school culture.
There are eight common features
to consider in devising district safety plans.
Threat Assessment. Assessing school threats
is an increasingly common task for elementary schools.
Gun Firing Analysis. ABC News
found incidents involving the firing of guns at schools is more common than thought and that the majority (57.6%) have been at sporting events.
Preventing School Shootings. National experts
discuss how to prevent school shootings.
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The president of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
describes the future needs of the field, including SEL supports for adults.
Strategies for cultivating gratitude, kindness, and empathy
can improve prosocial behavior and academic outcomes.
Parent-Teacher Partnerships. Enlisting parents as partners
in social and emotional work improves the educational experience of not only individual children but the whole school.
Mental Health. Staff Supports
This interview with a longtime high school teacher
focuses on what school communities can do to both hinder and support the wellbeing of their members.
Promoting Diversity. Supporting new teachers
who are men of color can help reduce their high rates of turnover, diversify the workforce, and close racial-ethnic achievement gaps.
Read about strategies a San Francisco high school
has used to increase graduation rates across racial and ethnic groups.
Trauma-Informed Care and Resiliency
Review of Problem.
The Detroit Free Press
discusses the prevalence of trauma among students, its negative impact on learning, and possible solutions.
The principal of an internationally recognized trauma-informed school, Fall-Hamilton Elementary (TN)
, explains what trauma-informed education is and is not.
The 2019 California School Dashboard
has been updated with the latest school and district data.
Blue Shield of California is launching BlueSky
. This collaboration with the California Department of Education and several nonprofit organizations will enhance awareness, advocacy, and access to mental health resources for middle and high school students.