Reducing Chronic Absenteeism.
Policy Analysis for California Education provides examples of local efforts to improve student attendance
and discusses steps to build the capacity of schools and communities to get kids to school.
Importance of Engaging Teachers.
New research finds that some of a school’s best allies in combatting absences might be engaging teachers that motivate youth
Importance of School Climate.
Maurice Elias emphasizes that getting students back in the building is just step one — next comes fostering a positive school climate
so that they want to stay.
Twenty percent of students (24% females & 17% males) in grades 6–12 reported being bullied during the 2016–17 school year, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey
. Of these students, 20% were bullied on more than 10 days, 42% believed the bullying would happen to them again, and 33% reported being bullied by multiple students acting as a team.
Of the 20% of secondary students reporting being bullied on the 2017 National Crime Victimization Survey
, 15% were bullied online or through text messages, an 11.5% increase from the 2014-2015 school year.
Climate and Culture
View a video discussion of the use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
(PBIS) to enhance school climate and reduce student drug use and other risky behaviors.
Effects of Suspensions.
Regardless of students' past behaviors, every school suspension weakens their connection to school and increases their odds of committing theft, assault, and other crimes, according to a new national longitudinal study
. On the school-to-prison pipeline, school suspensions may be a key shut-off valve.
Suspension Cap in NYC.
New York City has instituted a suite of reforms effective next school year
to limit lengthy suspensions, curtail student arrests, and train educators across the city in alternatives to strict disciplinary measures. Officials plan to limit most suspensions to 20 days.
Exclusionary Discrepancy Statistics.
A comprehensive analysis of national data finds robust evidence of persistent discrepancies in disciplinary practices
across ethnic/racial groups, especially in secondary schools with higher poverty rates and a greater ethnic/racial diversity.
Long-Term Benefits of Connectedness.
Adolescents who felt connected to their school and family as adolescents grew up safer and with better mental health
20 years later than those who were disconnected, according to the CDC.
National Suicide and Discrimination Rates.
Nearly 2 million LGBTQ youths ages 13-24 in the US consider suicide each year, according to a new analysis of national statistics
from the Trevor Project. Rates were about twice as high among those aged 13-18 than those 19-24. More than 70% experienced discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The majority of schools in 15 of 46 states and DC offer sex-ed curricula or supplementary materials
that include information relevant to LGBTQ students in 2016, compared to less than half in the remaining 31 states.
Read a discussion of the rising problem of teen suicide and depression
and steps to address it.
Dearth of Counselors.
A 250-to-1 ratio of students to counselors
is recommended, but it's much higher in many states — Arizona peaks at 905-to-1; in California, it is 663-to-1, although that is a significant reduction from 2010-11. Funds aren't always available to help lower the numbers.
Prevention Effort Outcomes.
Learn what has occurred one year after the passage of New York State’s first-in-the-country mandate that schools incorporate mental health into K-12 health education
The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) National School Mental Health Curriculum
is now available online covering eight key domains of comprehensive school mental health systems.
A new brief recommends a comprehensive approach
to addressing childhood trauma that prioritizes a strengths-based perspective and helps children build resilience.
Federal Funding Opportunities.
The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for three fiscal year 2019 grant competitions
that support locally tailored approaches to school safety.
Five takeaways emerged from the first meeting of Colorado’s interim school safety committee
, which heard from experts in public health, law enforcement and other fields, including the need to provide teachers with more help.
New Jersey Trends.
Instances of bullying, substance use, and violence in New Jersey public schools increased 26% in the past year, an analysis by the Education Law Center
LAUSD Ends Random Searches. S
ince 2011 LAUSD has mandated daily random searches of students at every secondary school. The district has voted to eliminate the policy by July 2020
, directing the superintendent to come up with a different plan to keep students safe.