has remained unchanged over the past 50 years, according to an examination of test scores of 13- to 17-year-olds. For students born in 2001, the achievement gap between the average of those in the top and bottom 10 percent of the socioeconomic distribution was only slightly narrower than for those born in 1954.
is devoted to bullying and cyberbullying. Topics include protective factors, effective interventions, and prevention program evaluation.
Read about the five things administrators in one middle school in Virginia have done to make it a place where
argues that only three states (Alabama, Washington, and Minnesota) require teachers to learn how institutional racism and other forms of bias can hinder some students—and only slightly more than half encourage educators to consider how their own biases can affect their work.
Read the positive benefits that occurred in an ethnic studies class at Castlemont High School in Oakland, CA, when students, many recent immigrants, began
Unseen Dimensions of Asian American Disproportionality.
Researchers find that when Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) data are disaggregated by subgroups, significant variations in discipline patterns emerge
. Pacific Islanders are nearly twice as likely as their White peers to be disciplined when separated from Asian Americans. The findings affirm the need to further refine the analyses of race and school discipline.
Listen to Student Voices to Improve School Culture. Engagement
Read how the Iowa Department of Education strives to incorporate student voice
into school improvement.
Expanded Learning Partnerships
Building a Trauma Informed Care Approach.
Recently, schools, afterschool programs, and community-based organizations have shared increasing numbers of disruptive and challenging youth in their programs. The Wisconsin Afterschool Network aims to be part of the solution by providing the Trauma Informed Care course
Rise in Youth Mental Health Problems.
Analysis of national data Mental Health
reveals that over the past decade or so, rates of depression, psychological distress, and suicidal thoughts and actions have risen significantly among people 26 and younger, with some of the highest increases among women and those at higher income levels. The number of people reporting symptoms indicative of major depression increased 52 percent among 12- to 17-year-olds.
U.S. emergency departments
are seeing a surge in the number of kids and teens seeking help for mental health problems.
The suicide rate among Nevada
children and teenagers nearly doubled between 2017 and 2018.
Mental Health and School Safety.
The funding of school mental health programs has been advocated by legislators as a way to help promote school safety, prevent future mass shootings such as occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, and identify and help troubled students. Florida
legislation did not specifically direct schools to consider suicide prevention efforts and only a handful of plans explicitly flagged suicide prevention programs as a central focus and one-quarter didn't mention suicide or suicide prevention at all. In Texas
, advocates often cringe when legislators make the argument that mental health care is the key to preventing mass shootings and worry about stigma.
A lack of counselors at a school in Colorado inspired the administration to collaborate with students on a peer counseling program
to address students’ mental health needs.
More than 450 middle and high school students and their advisers in southwestern Ohio have formed the region's first Hope Squads
, a national movement to address the youth-suicide epidemic by countering the notion that teenagers don't have the maturity to handle heavy emotions.
With teen suicide rates soaring, high school sports
is becoming a central point to discuss depression, mental health, and suicide prevention. Athletes are using their prominence to lead the discussion.
Promising Practices: Regional Networks.
California has funded an initiative to support regional networks focused on engagement in schools
. This brief shares insights from on-the-ground experiences to create the relationships needed for community stakeholder engagement to be consistent, meaningful, and productive.
Reducing Effects of Bullying.
Middle school students who feel their parents are more involved in their education have fewer mental health struggles in response to being bullied, according to a study in School Psychology
Resilience & Trauma-Informed Practices
Differentiating Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma. Child Trends
discusses the importance of differentiating Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) from other commonly used terms, including childhood adversity, trauma, and toxic stress.
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School Resource Officers.
An article in the digital Journal of School Safety
discusses the importance of developing an effective, comprehensive MOU to govern the work of School Resource Officers and what the major components of it should be.
Staff Supports & Workplace Environment