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Discipline; Bullying; CalSCHLS Corner; Mental Health; Student Well-Being; Health and Education; Achievement Gap; Data; LCAP; Principal Concerns; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter
 Discipline

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.

 Bullying

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.

 CalSCHLS Corner

Crosswalk of CalSCHLS Survey Items, 2017-18
The Crosswalk 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.

 Mental Health

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.

Reminder: The deadline for submitting applications for the Trauma-Sensitive Schools Learning Community is May 4.

See additional resources in sidebar.

 Student Well-Being

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

Out-of-School Learning
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.

 Data

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.

 LCAP

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%).

CalSCHLS Helpline:  888.841.7536
CalSCHLS Helpline:
888.841.7536

SCCN #66  04/26/18
In this issue:

 

 Discipline
 Bullying
 CalSCHLS Corner
 Mental Health
 Student Well-Being
 Health and Education
 Achievement Gap
 Data
 LCAP
 Principal Concerns
Resources
Upcoming Events


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

Trauma Aware Schools
Website

Substance Abuse
Underage Drinking: Myths Versus Facts
Factsheet

Archived Videoconference
Understanding Education Equity-and Achieving It

 Upcoming Events

FREE Webinars
Health Equity and Youth: Understanding the Disparities
Wed, May 2, 11:00 am (PT)
Information & Registration

College & Career Readiness Webinars
Pursuit of Equity: Leveraging CTE for Students with Disabilities
Thu, May 10, 12:00 pm (PT)
Registration

Work-Based Learning as Part of a College and Career Readiness System
Tue, May 29, 12:00 pm (PT)
Registration

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

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

Webinar Series:
Homeless Youth and Schools

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

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

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

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

Conferences
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
April 30 - May 2
Westminster, CO
Information & Registration
 
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