Mental Health; Leadership; Equity; Relationships; SEL; Trauma Supports; Youth Engagement; Growth Mindset; LCAP; Threat Assessment; School Safety; E-Cigs; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter
 Mental Health

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.

See additional resources in sidebar.

 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.

 Promoting Equity

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.

 Social-Emotional Learning

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 Supports

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 has compiled a list of federal resources that people who work with youth can use to address trauma and bolster resilience.

See additional resources in sidebar.

 Youth Engagement

"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.

 LCAP Implementation

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.

Discipline Reform. 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.

School Climate. 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.  
 Threat Assessment

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 Safety

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.

 E-Cigarette Impact

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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SCCN #65  03/29/18
In this issue:

 Mental Health
 Promoting Equity
 Trauma Supports
 Youth Engagement
 Growth Mindset
 Threat Assessment
 School Safety
Upcoming Events

Free Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid training from CDE
Information  &  Flyer

How to Manage Trauma

Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Podcast Series
Strategies to Build Family and Youth Engagement in School-Justice Partnerships

Credit Accrual for Homeless Students
Maximizing Credit Accrual and Recovery
Credit Accrual Tip Sheet

 Upcoming Events

FREE Webinars
Webinar Series: Hosted by WestEd's School Climate and Wellness Partnership

Crossing the Finish Line: Student Wellness and End-of-Year Transitions
Wed, Apr 11, 11:00 am (PT)
Information & Registration

Webinar Series:
USDA Summer Meals

What Cities Can Teach Us About Summer Meals
Tue, Apr 17, 11:00 am (PT)

Boosting Your Budget – Summer Meals Financial Planning
Tue, May 15, 11:00 am (PT)

Middle of Summer Strategies
Tue, June 14, 11:00 am (PT)

Webinar Series:
Homeless Youth and Schools

Determining McKinney-Vento Eligibility under ESSA
Tue, Apr 3, 11:00 am (PT)
Wed, May 23, 11:00 am(PT)

Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Students under ESSA
Tue, Apr 17, 11:00 am (PT)

Understanding the Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness
Mon, Apr 23, 11:00 am (PT)
Wed, May 16, 11:00 am (PT)

Paving the Way to College for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Wed, May 2, 11:00 am (PT)

Understanding Doubled-Up
Fri, May 25, 11:00 am (PT)
Information & Registration

School Climate Conference
Apr 15 - 17, 2018
Temecula, CA
Information & Registration

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
April 30 - May 2
Westminster, CO
Information & Registration
The School Climate Connection Newsletter is provided through a partnership between the California Department of Education and WestEd. Its purpose is to disseminate current information about, and provide educators with, learning supports for school climate assessment and intervention, including up-to-date information on California's School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey System (CalSCHLS).

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