WestEd has posted a short overview of Current Trends and Promising Practices in Bullying Prevention
Prevention and Social-Emotional Learning.
A new study identifies the most effective approaches to bullying prevention
, making the case for a systemic integration of evidence-based practices of social and emotional learning.
Islamic Students. Muslim students
(ages 11-18) in California are more likely to be bullied compared to their peers.
Georgia School Ratings.
Georgia has released the 2019 School Climate Star Ratings
, calculated by using individual school data from surveys as well as attendance and discipline records.
The 2019 Minnesota Student Survey shows declines in how safe and engaged
students feel at school as well as their mental and emotional well-being.
Diversity and Belonging.
A teacher describes a five-step exercise on identity and belonging
that helps middle school students appreciate differences—in themselves and in their peers.
A new California law guarantees all students will receive lunch
even if their parents or guardians have not paid their meal fees, ending any school lunch shaming.
Addressing Needs of Black Students. Oakland USD
’s program designed to wrap black male students in a culturally rich and supportive environment in order to boost academic success and life outcomes has raised graduation rates by about 3%.
Alternatives to Suspension.
More California schools are allowing disruptive students to serve suspensions on campus instead of sending them home. But experts say educators need to provide those students with high-quality behavior counseling
for that approach to be successful.
Wilfull Defiance Suspension Ban.
Mixed results are evident from Los Angeles USD’s ground-breaking ban on suspending students for wilfull defiance
A new Stanford University study
documents a direct link nationally between unequal rates of achievement and unequal rates of discipline for black and white students.
Recess as Punishment.
Edutopia discusses the importance of recess
for a child's social and academic development and argues it is a serious mistake to withhold it as punishment for misbehavior or to accommodate more seat time.
WestEd has published a brief on using data to build a foundation for school discipline reform
Early Start Time.
California is the first state to require middle and high schools in urban areas to delay start times to allow students to get more sleep
, not without controversy. EdSource discusses whether the requirements impinge on the state’s system of local control
Read about what schools in California are doing in response to the student vaping epidemic
National Suicide Trends.
The CDC reports that suicide rates
nationally increased by 76% for 15-19 year-olds between 2007 and 2017 and nearly tripled for 10-14 year-olds.
Bus Driver Training.
Bus drivers in Miami-Dade County public schools, and elsewhere in Florida, are receiving “Youth Mental Health First Aid
” training so that the first adults who see kids in the morning can recognize signs of mental distress.
Suicide Ideation. California Healthy Kids Survey
data reveals that 1 in 5 of California high schoolers have considered suicide.
The Education Commission of the States has released a review of legislative activity addressing student mental health and wellness
California has enacted three new laws aimed at preventing bullying and suicide. "The Safe Place to Learn Act
" requires that children in K-6th grade have easy access to suicide prevention materials, including on the internet.
University of Utah graduate students are equipping teachers at one middle school with the knowledge and skills to better address students’ mental health needs through a Well-Being Team initiative
. Eighty-one percent of students who received individualized counseling services say their experiences were helpful or very helpful.
Prevention in Arizona
. Read what Arizona schools
are doing to prevent youth suicides.
Teens Under Stress.
CPR News has undertaken a months-long examination of the pressures adolescents are under
and what can be done about them.
: Drugs, depression, and discipline problems surge
in the months after school shooting tragedies.
Shootings. Evidence-based Practice:
Read about Five Common Misconceptions About School Shootings
and using evidence to inform school safety policy and practice.
Research indicates that policy responses to school shootings have not prevented them and tend to exacerbate racial and ethnic discipline disparities, but restorative justice
The October issue of ASCD Express
is devoted to Making School’s Safe both emotionally and physically.
The high school students behind March For Our Lives Arizona
want to see more counselors and fewer police officers in their schools.
The DOJ has awarded more than $70 million
in grant funding to bolster school security. These grants are in addition to the funding to the National Association of School Resource Officers to expand and update their curriculum to better support training programs. The U.S. Department of Education awarded $71.6 million
to improve school safety and student access to mental health resources under four grant programs.
Staff Working Climate