The Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework
provides guidance to build and strengthen a comprehensive school mental health system and offers Needs Assessment and Planning Template tools.
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School Climate Leadership
EdWeek has released its annual Leaders To Learn From
report, profiling a dozen outstanding district leaders all around the country. Dale Marsden, superintendent of San Bernardino Unified School district is recognized for his leadership in improving school climate and safety. Read more
To ensure that all children have what they need to succeed, leaders must first understand the roles that race, class and culture play in shaping outcomes and opportunities for vulnerable children nationwide. The Results Equity Crosswalk
, a new tool from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, enables leaders to bring attention to and act on any racial and ethnic disparities.
Building Positive Relationships
This seven-page brief
from the Center for the Study of Social Policy shares lessons culled from more than 80 interviews with organizations, their workers, and the youth that they support. Readers will learn about the powerful difference that a transformational relationship can make in a young person’s life and precisely what professionals and public systems can do to support these vital connections.
SEL Guiding Principles
The California Department of Education (CDE) has released new guiding principles for teaching social and emotional skills, a tool to help educators ensure students have the skills they need for success in school, careers, and in the community. Visit the CDE SEL webpage
Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community
The National Council for Behavioral Health works to create and sustain trauma-informed systems of care and trauma-informed best practices. View Learning Community resources.
The National Council defines seven domains
of trauma-sensitive schools. See resources by domain.
Federal Resources for Helping Youth Cope
youth.gov has compiled a list of federal resources
that people who work with youth can use to address trauma and bolster resilience.
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"Film Your Issue" Youth Challenge
Youth 8 through 22 years of age are invited to submit short videos
on an issue that matters to them, as an individual or as a group. The critical message to youth is to believe in your own voice and ideas, to engage in your world, to understand that your voice can make a difference in the world, and that leaders want to know what you think. Deadline for submission is May 14.
Fostering Growth Mindset
A new review of research
in the journal Child Development suggests just praising the effort of middle and high school students to boost their "growth mindset" can have the opposite effect. The authors note that praising students' process rather than ability includes the students' effort and also the successful strategies they use.
Fight Crime:Invest in Kids reviewed
the 2017-18 Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) of the state’s largest 50 school districts, highlighting developments related to discipline reform and school climate.
California has arguably become the best state in the nation at holding school districts accountable for their suspension rates — but a number of districts are still lagging considerably when it comes to addressing suspension disparities among specific groups of students and supporting alternatives to traditional discipline.
While 80 percent of districts reviewed were doing surveys annually, just half of the districts studied have set goals for improving “safety and connectedness” in schools, and even fewer set goals for improving climates for teachers and parents, which the LCFF statute requires.
An overview of current knowledge around behavioral threat assessment and management (BTAM) in the K-12 school setting and best practices in establishing a K-12 BTAM process, including the assessment of risk factors and warning signs, identification of concerns, and follow-up interventions and monitoring are discussed in this recent article
. The discussion includes the assessment of risk factors and warning signs, identification of concerns, and follow-up interventions and monitoring.
School Crime and Safety Data
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a Data File and Data File User's Manual for the 2015–16 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS). SSOCS collects detailed school-level data on a variety of crime-related topics. Access data
and questionnaire information
School Safety Funding Opportunity
Comprehensive School Safety Initiative
(CSSI) is focused on K-12 public schools (including public charter schools). The initiative is concerned with all forms of crime and violence that occur on school property during or outside of school hours, on the way to- and-from school or school-sponsored events, on school-sponsored modes of transport, or during school-sponsored events. Apply by May 7.
The number of adults who quit smoking by using e-cigarettes will be far lower than the number of teenagers and young adults who develop a regular smoking habit after trying these products, according to study published in the journal PLOS-One. Read more
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