CalSCHLS Corner; Absenteeism; Mental Health; SEL; Adult Relationships; Achievement Gap; Equity; Discipline; Expanded Learning; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter
 CalSCHLS Corner - Data Analyses

Foster Youth
A recent study using statewide CHKS data found that adolescents in foster care have lower (self-reported) academic achievements, and experiences that are more negative in school compared with their peers. Read School-related experiences of adolescents in foster care: A comparison with their high-school peers.

Bullying, Absenteeism, and Funding
Data from the CHKS and CDE found that experiences of bias-based bullying were significantly associated with student absenteeism, and the combination of these experiences resulted in a significant loss of funds to school districts.

See additional resources in sidebar.


State Recognition of School District Efforts
Six California Inland school districts have won state recognition for their efforts to get students to class. The districts were among 16 in California recognized as Model School Attendance Review Boards for their work to reduce chronic absenteeism and boost attendance.

Chronic Absenteeism
Chronic absenteeism has been associated with multiple problems, including lower reading achievement and engagement in school, and ultimately a higher risk of dropping out. And the most vulnerable students in a district—homeless and foster students, those in poverty, and those with chronic medical conditions like asthma—are also the students most likely to miss school repeatedly.

See also the report on the effect of bullying on absenteeism in the CalSCHLS Corner and additional resources in sidebar.
 Mental Health

More school-age children are either considering or attempting suicide and study findings suggest that youth may face increased stress and mental health challenges when classes are in session. Using a month-by-month analysis of the data, researchers found seasonal trends: suicide-related diagnoses peaked during the fall and spring, and dropped sharply in the summer.

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 Social-Emotional Learning

Enacting Social-Emotional Learning: Practices and Supports
A PACE study looks closely at ten “outlier schools” in California’s CORE districts whose students report strong social-emotional learning outcomes compared to other, similar middle schools. Six general strategies were implemented, including fostering a positive school climate and relationships, positive behavior supports, SEL curricula, and measurement.

See also the review of the role of afterschool programs in promoting SEL under Expanded Learning and additional resources in sidebar.

 Caring Adult Relationships

Hostile teachers may have hurt their students' academic progress, according to a new study in the journal Communication Education. It found that students in a lecture in which the teacher was hostile performed 5 percent lower on average on a test of the content than students in a class with a neutral teacher. Read the blog.

 Achievement Gap

The U.S. Department of Education released its 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection, updating the most comprehensive database there is on opportunity gaps, discipline disparities, and other civil rights issues for more than 50.6 million students in nearly every K-12 public school in the country. The main focus of initial reaction was on the deep and continuing racial gaps, in both discipline and access to the advanced academic courses students need to graduate prepared for college and careers. Read the blog.


Despite the improved economy since the Great Recession, African-American, Latino, and American Indian kids are still more likely to live in high-poverty neighborhoods. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest Race for Results report, all three racial groups experienced a four-year decline in the economic well-being of their neighborhoods.


Classroom management now matters more in teacher training. California school districts are eschewing punitive discipline, such as suspensions and expulsions, and asking teachers to focus much more on the social and emotional needs of their students.
Restorative Practices
An EdSource blog reviews the issues surrounding implementation of restorative practices. Many tout restorative practices as a groundbreaking alternative to zero-tolerance policies and a way to alleviate discipline disparities, while some say it's being oversold as a quick fix.

Corporal Punishment
The percentage of U.S. K-12 students who are physically punished in schools continues to drop, but nearly 100,000 children were still spanked or paddled in school in 2015-16, and black students are still disproportionately on the receiving end of the practice.

 Expanded Learning
The Role of Afterschool in Social and Emotional Learning
A new Afterschool Alliance issue brief delves into the multifaceted ways afterschool and summer learning programs are engaging students to support their social and emotional development.

See additional resources in sidebar.

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SCCN #67  05/29/18
In this issue:

 CalSCHLS Corner
 Mental Health
 Adult Relationships
 Achievement Gap
 Expanded Learning
Upcoming Events

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

Suicide Resources
Preventing Suicide
Toolkit for High Schools

Schools Responding to a Death by Suicide

SEL Practices

Trauma Documentary
RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
Youtube trailer

Collecting and Using Attendance Data
Forum Guide

Maintaining School Facilities
Planning Guide

Archived Webinars

 Upcoming Events

FREE Webinars
Advancing Social-Emotional Learning Measurement and Practice: Lessons from the CORE Districts
Wed, May 30, 9:00 am (PT)
Leveraging the California School Dashboard and LCAPs to Strengthen School Climate
Wed, May 30, 3:15 pm (PT)

Afterschool Webinar
Expert Perspectives: Building Social and Emotional Skills in Afterschool
Wed, Jun 6, 11 am (PT)
Information & Registration

USDA Summer Meals
Middle of Summer Strategies
Tue, Jun 14, 11:00 am (PT)

Webinar Series:
Homeless Youth and Schools

Understanding the Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness
Tue, Jun 5, 11:00 am(PT)

Determining McKinney-Vento Eligibility under ESSA
Wed, Jun 13 , 11:00 am(PT)

Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Students under ESSA
Thu, Jun 21, 11:00 am (PT)
Information & Registration

Bullying Prevention
Building Healthy Schools: Bullying Prevention and Positive Mental Health
Wed,  Aug 15,  8:30-3:45
Palo Alto, CA
Regional conference focused on building positive school climate through prevention.
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