A Georgetown University report finds that affluent children with low test scores have a 71% chance of becoming affluent adults at age 25, while poor children with high test scores only have a 31% chance. The disparity becomes more severe when broken down by race. Recommendations are made on
from the US Department of Education provides best practices and resources to achieve a positive school climate, lower disciplinary issues, and enhance school safety.
Students at General John Striker Middle School in Baltimore County were named the "
School Climate as Strategy.
American adults surveyed in a Gallup poll about improving school discipline tended to favor supportive solutions, like school climate efforts
and additional training for teachers, over stricter practices like detentions or suspensions.
Suspension Practices in Arizona.
Black and Native American students are suspended from Arizona schools at higher rates than white students, according to The Arizona Republic
Trend analysis of the 2018 Civil Rights Data Collection finds that nationally black students and students with disabilities remain more likely to receive out-of-school suspensions
, despite overall declines.
Learning to Shape Students' Motivation. Engagement
A Mindset Scholars Network report finds new educators have inconsistent training
on what helps spark motivation to learn, including the role of relationships and social psychological factors.
California school districts are inconsistently implementing new laws to prevent bullying, strengthen suicide prevention, and cultivate inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ students, according to a new report-card style analysis
from the Equality California Institute.
See also California Corner.
Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health
May is a time to raise awareness of the needs of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience.
Grappling with Rising Teen Rates. Education Week
discusses implications of new research showing rates of mental-health incidents among teens have arced upward over the last decade while relatively unchanged for older adults, including that educators need to become more versed in warning signs and engage students themselves in solutions.
Teen Athletes and Depression.
When high-school sports replicate the training methods and intensity seen at the college level, players feel the toll
Oregon Students Propose 'Mental Health Days' Be Excused Absences.
A student-supported Oregon bill
proposes adding "mental or behavioral health" to a list of reasons for excused absences, alongside physical sickness. Students for a Healthy Oregon also supports annual student mental health screenings.
Summary Learning Institute Opportunity.
The Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center is offering five no-cost sessions for the mental health workforce, including school-based, at its Summer Learning Institute
, June 24-25.
Mindfulness to Address Stress.
A Child Trends blog reviews the research on the effectiveness of mindfulness
in helping students cope with stress.
Resilience & Trauma-Informed Practices
Child Trends summarizes practices which enable a broad range of programs to incorporate trauma-informed care
into their services and help children build resilience.
Annual Federal Data Released.
The new report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety
from the US Departments of Education and Justice show reports of student fights, bullying, and other forms of victimization have continued a decades-long trend of decline.
About 67% of respondents to the AP/ORC poll said schools have gotten less safe in the last two decades.
Arizona School Safety Task Force.
The head of public schools in Arizona is creating a task force
on preventing school violence.
About half of principals in a national survey
said they were the sole decision-makers about some safety and security procedures in their buildings.
New School Safety Center.
To help schools nationally make better decisions about creating safer environments, Johns Hopkins University has created a cross-disciplinary Center for Safe and Healthy Schools
Effects of Law Enforcement.
A WestEd review finds that the presence of police in schools
fails to have a school safe effect and is associated with a greater likelihood in the use of exclusionary disciplinary actions toward students.