Making School Discipline Equitable
Sometimes small changes in how school districts approach policy
—including how behaviors are labeled, which interventions schools are offered, and how teachers are trained to use them—can help break down the school-to-prison pipeline and put disadvantaged students on a better academic trajectory.
Restorative Practices "Learning Curve"
Along with school districts across the country, San Diego Unified shifted to restorative practices in 2014. Staff members districtwide are now being trained in anticipation of full implementation of restorative practices by 2020. Some educators are voicing concern about the unexpected consequences
of increased violence in schools.
Criminalizing Bullying Will Hurt Kids
A Child Trend review
on data on bullying prevention emphasizes the punishment alone does not change bullying behavior and proposals to criminalize bullying may do more harm than good to both the children being bullied and those who engage in bullying. The review also notes that, although one factor underlying these proposals is concerns about the effects of bullying on suicide, federal data shows little correlation between bullying and suicide, with rates of bullying falling from 32 percent in 2007 to 21 percent in 2015 and rates of youth suicide more than doubling.
Crosswalk of CalSCHLS Survey Items, 2017-18
is designed to facilitate comparison of the results from identical, similar, and related questions across the suite of student, staff, and parent surveys in the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (CalSCHLS) System for the year 2017-18. It is organized by main topics, and provides reference to report table numbers where results can be found and to the instrument item number.
Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances
A 2016 report to Congress
presents findings that indicate children and youth involved in systems of care experience improved anxiety symptoms, depression symptoms, behavioral and emotional strengths, educational outcomes, and living situations.
The deadline for submitting applications for the Trauma-Sensitive Schools Learning Community
is May 4.
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A majority of U.S. teens are fearful of a shooting taking place in their school, and their parents are similarly concerned, according to a new survey
conducted in March and April. After the February high school shootings in Parkland, FL, 57 percent of teens aged 13-17 report being "very worried" or "somewhat worried" about a shooting in their own schools. Just 13 percent of the teenagers who responded to the survey said they were not at all worried.
Health and Education
Health & Academic Performance
A new study
suggests students' healthy behaviors are linked not just to grades but also to their own motivation to go to college. Researchers found that after controlling for students' socioeconomic and racial differences, students' health behaviors explained 10 percent of the difference in their grades and college aspirations.
Sleep Patterns and Learning
As more high schools nationwide experiment with an array of school schedules, from late starts to four-day weeks and alternating block classes, a study
in the journal Scientific Reports suggests students who develop consistent daily class schedules that match their natural body rhythms have better grades.
Closing the Achievement Gap
Closing persistent achievement gaps between advantaged and less-advantaged students requires paying attention to what happens in the hours after school and over the summer. An innovative approach
makes afterschool and summer learning a citywide priority, with cross-sector investment, and commitment from the mayor’s office, local nonprofits, and the school district.
Key findings for the 2017 grades 4 and 8 NAEP mathematics and reading results are available. Results
can be viewed at the national, state, district, and demographic levels. Data tables are downloadable. Score changes are compared to the previous assessment years.
Los Angeles schools will get more money in the next fiscal year if they are located in neighborhoods with problems such as high levels of gun violence and asthma. The L.A. Board of Education adopted a new formula
to determine how to dole out some funding to schools, based not only on the characteristics of the student populations, but on the traumas that affect the communities around campuses.
Concerns of Principals
More than half of all principals said adequate funding was the most important (52%) or a very important (28%) concern for them, according to survey data
published by MCH Strategic Data. After funding, principals' most important concerns are teacher morale (38%); attendance (33%); aligning assessments to standards (32%); behavior issues in children (31%); bullying (18%); and class size (16%).
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