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Previous Postings (since 2014)

8/16/17
>Making student/learning supports more effective

8/9/17
>Helping students cope with academic and social pressure

7/26/17
>What Colleagues are Planning in Kicking-off the New School Year

7/19/17
>About Countering student-deficit biases

7/12/17
>About promoting positive behavior schoolwide: Beyond Behavioral Initiatives

7/5/17
> How are school boards focusing on addressing barriers to learning and teaching?

6/21/17
> What supports are provided vulnerable youth after high school?

6/14/17
> How to help large numbers of struggling students?  

5/24/17
>Any guidelines for evaluating a program’s focus on cultural competence?   

5/22/17
>How are staffing patterns for student & learning supports changing?   

5/15/17
>Involving students and families in exploring options for summer learning   

5/8/17
>What opportunities open-up as attendance emerges as an expanded accountability indicator?   

4/24/17
>What are good supports for immigrant/refugee students?   

4/17/17
>What’s realistic when including student voices at school?   

4/10/17
What’s a good instruction program for a “behavior” room?>          

3/27/17
>How can students balance academics and social activity?
>How can staff balance work and collaboration?     
     

3/20/17
>Mental Health Education for Students: What works?          

3/13/17
>How can students access free and confidential psychological help?          

2/20/17
>What about helping teachers improve classroom climate?          

2/13/17
>What's a good way to involve students in strengthening student/learning supports at their schools?          

2/6/17
>Should more schools employ student support staff over the summer?          

1/23/17
>What should professional development emphasize for reducing classroom behavior problems?          

1/16/17
Where are examples of places developing a unified, comprehensive, and equitable system of student and learning supports?          

1/9/17
What's involved in measuirng mental health in schools?           

12/19/16

Opportunities for students to outreach to others all year long

   
11/28/16
Thinking about Special Times of the Year as Natural Opportunities for Social Emotional Development           

11/21/16
Why is there so much support for bilingual education at this time?           

11/14/16
Weighing the pros and cons of a school change           

11/7/16
What are the pros and cons of student support staff being centralized in a district or decentralized by schools?           

10/24/16
Why is there so little space for confidential counseling at a school?           

10/17/16
Can schools increase parent involvement?           

10/10/16
What are the barriers to and strategies for school-community collaboration to enhance equity of opportunity?           

9/26/16
What is the most pressing issue facing the field of mental health in schools?           

9/12/16
What plans are being made to prevent staff burnout?           

9/5/16
*What do you think about the decision to assign no homework?           
*What helps make inclusion successful?

8/22/16
Social media: Is it an added distraction & barrier to learning?           

8/15/16
What's a good way to frame evidence based interventions for addressing barriers to learning and teaching?           

8/8/16
Using current data as a measure of school climate: Good idea or bad?           

7/25/16        
Community violence and students: What’s the role of schools?       

7/18/16        
What is the Role of Technology in Addressing Barriers to Learning?       

7/11/16
Who's planning for welcoming and providing supports for new staff, students, and families?
       

6/20/16
What do you know about a school-community response to a local substance abuse problem?
       

6/13/16
How much treatment/intervention should take place within the school v. out in the community in coordination with the school? What evidence is there for making these decisions?
       

6/6/16
 (1) What’s the best approach to designing mental health plan for our district?
 (2) What contributes to the differences in student motivation teachers report in suburban v. urban schools?

5/23/16
What have schools and communities planned for students over the summer?       

5/16/16
What’s the best way to integrate community resources into schools?       

5/9/16
FAQ: What’s the best way to prepare new teachers to address behavioral and mental health concerns?

4/25/16
Will “free̶" tuition really address equity of opportunity?


4/18/16
A student asks: Do we realyy need parent consent to get help with MH problems?

4/11/16
A principal asks: How do we pursue more effective strategies to address barriers to learning?

4/4/16
Do we really mean to involve parents at school?

3/14/16
How will districts and school deal with the anticipated shortfall from ESSA’s Block Grant?

3/7/16
Will ESSA reduce compartmentalized and territorial turf battles?

2/22/16
As defined in ESSA, who are Specialized Instructional Support Personnel? Are they the only ones who provide student and learning supports?

2/15/16
The multi-tiered student support (MTSS)model: How does it fit into a unified & comprehensive system of learning supports?  
       

2/8/16
How will the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) affect student support services?
       

1/25/16
Can schools enhance parent participation in student conferences?  
       

1/18/16
Do school’s need to address poverty in order to improve learning? 
       

1/11/16
Needed: A continuum of professional development to establish a system of learning supports
       

12/14/15
Using the holidays to launch a set of year round opportunities for social-emotional learning
Supporting students during the holidays: Suggestions for families

Featured Center Resources: >Social-Emotional and Youth Development, Peer Relationships, Resilience


12/7/15
Interchange with a Principal:  Revealing Student Dignity, Humanity, and Capability
Featured Center Resources: >Engagement re-engagement, and intrinsic motivation
                                                 >Some Recently Updated Intro Packets


11/23/15
Request From a Colleague:  How to use self-study surveys to develop a comprehensive set of student and learning supports
Featured Center Resources: Quick Find on mapping resources for addressing barriers to learning and teaching
From the Field: About mapping resources at schools, districts, and state departments

11/16/15
Talking with Kid about the Attacks in Paris

Request From a Colleague:  Assisting teachers to make inclusion more successful
Featured Center Resources: Guides for supporting teachers in accommodating a range of learners

11/9/15
Request From a Colleague: Need suggestions for promoting systemic changes to enhance equity of opportunity
            for all students to succeed

Featured Center Resources: Aids for creating changes in education systems
Perspective from a teacher on climate for learning in schools

10/26/15
Request From a Colleague:About student support staff working in classrooms
Featured Center Resources: Learning supports in the classroom: Enabling Learning

10/19/15
Request From a Colleague: Doing research on schools/districts that have moved from reactive services to proactive prevention
Featured Center Resources: Reframing the job descriptions of student and learning supports staff to enhance their role in school improvement and prevention of problems

10/12/15
Request From a Principal: Templates to guide transformation of learning supports in a high need school  
From the Field: New research on resilience & positive youth development
Featured Center Resources: On resilience & positive youth development

10/5/15
Request From a Principal: Need evidence based programs to apply for a student support grant
From the Field: Homework: An example of using evidence to change practice
Featured Center Resources: Re. homework and out of school learning
Follow Up on a Previous Interchange: Re. Transition of fifth graders to secondary school setting

9/21/15
Request From a Parent: Fifth graders into middle school: Concerns?
Featured Center Resources: Supporting Transitions

9/7/15
With the beginning of the school year, it is important not only to address specific student problems, but to focus on ways to enhance the system of student and learning supports. Thus, this week we explore
       >Transforming student and learning supports: Challenges and overcoming them
       >Center resources that can help relaunch student and learning supports

8/24/15
Special Issue on Engaging and Re-engaging Students with Disabilities
Request from a colleague: Needed: Strategies to enhance engagement of students with disabilities
       >Responses from the Center and from the field
Featured Center Resources: Applying school engagement/motivation strategies to address barriers to learning     

8/17/15
Request for Advice from a colleague: About guidance for “counseling as a related service”
       >Responses from the Center and from the field
Featured Center Resources: Beyond working one-to-one with a student        

8/10/15
Special Issue on Social-Emotional Learning, School Climate, and the New School Year
Request from a colleague: About ideas for building social & emotional learning at elementary schools
Beginning a New School Year: A natural opportunity for enhancing social & emotional engagement and creating a positive school climate
Featured Center Resources: for enhancing social & emotional engagement and a positive school climate        

7/27/15
Request from a colleague: Needed: Ideas for getting administrative buy-in for improving student and learning supports
Follow-up on a Previous Request: Regarding community providers working in schools
Featured Set of Center Resources: Resources to help administrators rethink use of existing student & learning support staff in anticipation of inviting community resources into schools        

7/20/15
Special Issue on Professional Development
Request from colleagues: Professional development for learning supports staff
Example: Learning supports professional development conference
Featured Set of Center Resources: For professional development related to learning supports        

7/13/15
Special Issue on Volunteers at Schools 
Request from a colleague: About volunteers to enhance student & learning supports
Examples of Volunteer Handbooks from School Districts
      >For Coordinators
       >For Volunteers
Featured Set of Center Resources: For continuing education of volunteers and school staff learning supports        

7/6/15
Request from a colleague: Why the disconnect between special education labels and DSM diagnoses?
Comments from a colleague: About initial experiences in rethinking student and learning supports
Featured Set of Center Resources: Resources for first steps in rethinking student and learning supports        

6/22/15
Request from a colleague: Promoting & supporting teacher/school staff wellness
About Personalizing Staff Development & Support
Featured Set of Center Resources:
        >>Staff Development Materials
        >>Monthly Themes to Aid in Reducing Burnout & Promoting Wellness


6/15/15
Request from a colleague: How to improve partnering among researchers and
         school staff to improve mental health interventions

From the Field:
       >What some colleagues suggest about the matter
       >Example of one district’s guidelines

Featured Set of Center Resources: Developing working relationships at schools

6/8/15
Request from a colleague just starting to work with schools &
Responses from the Center & the Field: About Involving parents in school MH programs
Related Set of Center Resources: Promoting connections between families and schools

5/25/15
Dialogue:  Impact of Learning Supports Frameworks on SEL, Teacher Motivation, Equity
Featured Set of Center Resources: Continuing Education for Teachers & Student Support Staff

5/18/15
Two Frequent End of the Year Requests Related to Transforming Student and Learning Supports
      >We’re planning for next year: What are some initial steps in transforming student and learning supports?
      >We’ve been working toward transforming student and learning supports: How are others summarizing progress?

Related Set of Center Resources: Aids for reporting on progress and accomplishments

5/11/15
Request from a Colleague: How to better connect school & community supports to work together
Perspectives of Colleagues Related to this Request
Featured Set of Center Resources: Collaboration for better results
For Your Information: Paths Out of Poverty

4/27/15
Request from a Colleague: About funding for student & learning supports
For Your Information: Federal framework/guidelines to enhance program impact
Featured Set of Center Resources: Re. using current resources for greater impact


4/20/15
SPECIAL FOCUS ON SUICIDE PREVENTION
Request from a Colleague: About suicide prevention & emotional support in classrooms 
Perspectives on this from Colleagues
Featured Set of Center Resources: On suicide prevention


4/13/15
SPECIAL FOCUS ON SUMMER LEARNING & LEARNING SUPPORTS
Request from a Colleague: Planning for summer as part of learning supports
Perspectives of Colleagues about Summer
Featured Set of Center Resources: Summer learning supports are a key transition concern


4/6/15
Request from a Colleague: What MH concerns are on the rise with the move to common core standards and related high stakes testing?
Perspectives of Colleagues and the Center About the Above Matter: On promoting school connectedness
Featured Set of Center Resources: Addressing student anxiety


3/16/15
SPECIAL FOCUS ON SCHOOL CONNECTEDNESS
Request from a Colleague: >Resources to promote school connectedness

Comments from the Field On promoting school connectedness
Featured Set of Center Resources: Addressing the context for enhancing school connectedness

3/9/15
Request from a Colleague: Playground problems spill into the classroom & disrupt learning: Suggestions?
One Colleague's Perspective: On handling lunch hour problems
Featured Set of Center Resources:Behavior problems, social-emotional learning, and school connectedness
Request from the Center: Need feedback about usefulness of new introductory webinar

2/23/15
Common Request from Colleagues: Need tools to identify & monitor at risk students
Center Response: New ways to address concerns re. “at risk” students
Featured Set of Center Resources: Understanding concerns about misdiagnoses

2/16/15
Continuing concern for schools: School problems that stem from factors in the home environment
Some responses & resources to address the concern:
Enhancing family engagement and supporting learning

2/9/15
Request: Telling families students need counseling – without endangering working relationships
For your information: Impact of poverty on school and student success
Featured Center Resource: Resources to address the challenges of supporting low income students

1/26/15
This  edition is devoted to responding to requests about Justifying a Greater Role for Student Support Staff

1/19/15
Request: Help: Teaching & addressing disruptive students
Response from Center & Initial Responses from the Field:  About teaching & addressing disruptive students
Featured Center Resource: What we offer. What else would you like?
What can you share?

1/12/15
Request: Addressing the many complex learning, behavior, and emotional problems at schools
Follow-up: Working with students with low motivation
Featured Center Resource: Focus on intrinsic motivation: A fundamental concern in promoting whole child development and positive school climate

 12/22/14
Special Times and All Year Long:
Natural Opportunities to Help Others & Promote Social-Emotional Development

12/8/14
Request: Responding to Teacher Burnout
Feedback: Reaction to "Variability in Community ADHD Care"
Featured Center Resource: 2015 National Initiative for Transforming Student and Learning Supports
      >Self-Study Surveys Revised for the Initiative Already Online


11/24/14
Request: Helping teachers understand student misbehavior
For Your Information & Reaction: Variability in Community ADHD care
Featured Center Resource: Helping active/inattentive students

11/17/14
Request: Introducing students and families to school MH supports
For Your Information: Long term impact of student support: Benefits? Costs?
Featured Center Resource: Adapting Center resources: Some examples

11/10/14

Request: Preparing for students returning from residential treatment programs
A Request from a Graduate Student in a School MH Program: Invitation to share (via a research survey) what schools do related to eating disorders
Featured Center Resource: Social marketing learning supports

10/27/14

Request: Too many in special education
For Your Information: Motivating adolescent students: Dos and don'ts
Featured Center Resource: Professional development resources on motivation

10/20/14
Request: What does school mental health cost??
Initial Responses from Colleagues: About Funding Mental Health in Schools
Featured Center Resource: Resources Related to Funding Concerns

10/13/14
Request: About understanding and addressing the reluctance of some school support staff to adopt evidence based interventions
Follow-up: Prevention and schools and juvenile justice
Featured Center Resource: Guiding development of a unified & comprehensive system of learning supports

10/6/14
Parent Request: What to do when a student at my child's school makes threatening comments?
Input from a Colleague: Assessing a threat
Featured Center Resource: Info on grant opportunities for school/district/community

9/15/14
Good News and a Challenge: Satisfied with schools? Most parents are, but the wider community isn’t – some implications and the challenge ahead
Sharing from a Colleague: About Preventing Youth Violence and Risk Behavior
Featured Center Resource: Guides for Developing Operational Infrastructure for a Learning Supports Component at All Levels

9/8/14
What do you think about this? Children's mental health crises plummet in summer and rise in the school year
Request: Creating a climate of readiness & commitment for developing a unified and comprehensive system of learning supports
Featured Center Resource: Brief guidance resources to address back to school concerns


8/25/14
Request: Needed: Info about coaching/mentoring new staff
For Your Consideration: Rethinking one-time presentations in working for systemic change
Featured Center Resource: Toward improving school community collaboration

8/18/14
Request: Teaching students about mental health
For Your Information: Youth leadership blog on "Collaboration conundrum"
Featured Center Resource: Focus on unifying school and community resources for collective impact
Appended: How one city is welcoming hundreds of migrant children with open arms

8/11/14
Request: Needed: Measures to evaluate mental health in schools
For Your Inspriation (FYI): Mobilizing the community to provide school supplies for students-in-need as they return to school
Follow-Up: About threat assessment
Featured Center Resource: Publications list on MH in schools: Updated & reorganized

7/28/14
Request: About threat assessment
Follow-up: About Mentor Programs -- What are best practices? -- Content for mentors to promote social-emotional
Featured Center Resource: Updating the Gateway to a World of Resources

7/21/14
Request: About Mentor Programs -- What are best practices? -- Content for mentors to promote social-emotional
Follow-up: Reactions to editorial and the article "Not another special initiative" in the UK Every Child Journal
Featured Center Resource: Improving Our Facebook Page: What Do You Suggest?

7/14/14
Request: Need resources for staff development workshops on (a) Vicarious Trauma and (b) How parents can talk with their children about death and dying
Follow-up: Social determinants, MH, & addressing barriers to learning
Featured Center Resource: Social determinants in addressing barriers to learning

7/7/14
Request: What are the payoffs & pitfalls of early flagging kids as “at risk”?
Follow-up: Alternative education: An option for helping “at-risk” students graduate
Featured Center Resource: Quick access to resources to support “at-risk” students

6/23/14
Request: Is use of positive behavioral supports inconsistent with a person centered approach to mental health?
Follow-up: Just released data highlight the continuing imperative to improve how schools address barriers to learning
Featured Center Resource: Sharing and promoting system transformation efforts

6/16/14
Request: Needed: Resource on early age social development and related interventions
Follow-up: About community & individual recovery following crises
Featured Center Resource: Learning supports for older adolescents and young adults

6/9/14
Concerns from a Parent: Impact of excessive homework demands
Follow-up: Tragedy prompts review of crisis planning
Featured Center Resource:Using summer to enhance plans for addressing barriers to learning

5/26/14
Request from Colleagues: Evaluating MH practitioners hired by school districts
Feedback from Colleagues: Re: What to say to school staff about broadly integrating mental health providers from the community
Featured Center Resource: Enhancing Summer Learning

5/19/14
FYI (For Your Inspiration): Out of the box thinking about opportunities or summer learning
Feedback from Colleagues: What to say to school staff about broadly integrating mental health providers from the community
Featured Center Resource: Addressing the Plateauing of Achievement Data

5/12/14
Special edition on: Schools working with community mental health providers at a school site
Request: What to say to school staff about broadly integrating mental health providers from the community
Feedback from Colleagues: About integrating community mental health providers
Featured Center Resource: Strengthening school/community partnerships for MH

5/5/14
Request: Playing a role in professional development at schools to address barriers to learning
Follow-Up Interchange: Mapping/analyzing existing school and district resources; adding community resources to fill gaps
For Your Information: New dropout data and making the case for improving student and learning supports

4/28/14
Special Edition On: Improving Systems for Student and Learning Supports
Request: Help needed to avoid band aid approaches to student and learning supports
Sharing Progress: Publicizing progress from around the country as efforts are made to move in new directions to improve student and learning supports
Featured Center Resource: Frameworks that can be adapted to fit school/district/community/state

4/21/14
On Going Concern: Sustaining progress and momentum for moving in new directions during personnel changes & transitions
For Your Information: New data on student engagement underscores the imperative for learning supports
Featured Center Resource: Resources for Enhancing Student Engagement

4/14/14
Request: About data to support mental health in schools
Enhancing Student's Learning Supports: Schools partnerning with libraries and recreation centers: A good idea for spring break and for summer
Featured Center Resource: Sharing research to better understand what works and what doesn't

4/7/14
Request: About classroom and school-wide interventions to address behavioral and mental health problems
For Your Consideration: Use the Whole School, Whole Community,Whole Child Initiative to advocate for a unified and comprehensive system of learning supports
Featured Center Resource: A focus on encouraging student/learning supports personnel to lead in moving in new directions

3/24/14
More Data for Making the Case for Student and Learning Supports: About Equity, Poverty, and Student/Learning Supports
Featured Center Resource: Linking to key research findings to enhance practice

3/17/14
Request: What research can help argue for (re)deploying funds for learning supports?
Feedback from Colleagues: About Connecting Families and Schools
Featured Center Resource: Self-study Surveys for Strengthening Learning Supports
Grant Information: Opportunity to Move Toward a Unified and Comprehensive System of Learning Supports: Grant for School Counseling Programs

3/10/14
Request: About Connecting Families and Schools
Featured Center Resource: Analyses of Matters that Affect School Improvement Policy and Practice

2/24/14
Request: How many children have MH problems? What should I be looking for?
Feedback from Colleagues: Working on attendance problems
Featured Center Resource: We respond to requests

2/17/14
Request: Working on attendance problems when the family provides excuses
Feedback from Colleagues: About the request from a parent asking: “How can I get appropriate feedback about my child's MH progress as mandated by IDEA?”
Featured Center Resource: Focus on technology in addressing barriers to learning

2/24/14
Request from a Parent: How can I get appropriate feedback about my child's MH progress as mandated by IDEA?
Request from a Colleague: About updated information on how poverty might cause mental health problems
Featured Center Resource: Answering Frequently Asked Questions about Mental Health in Schools

1/27/14
Request: Helping districts to facilitate moving to a unified and comprehensive system of student support?
Follow-up: Students and schools make the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday an opportunity for community service
Featured Center Resource: Using mid year conferences as a transition that re-engages to engage students and families

1/20/14
Request: Impact on children when their parents are deported?
Follow-up: Relating new discipline guidelines to learning supports and MH school coordinators
Featured Center Resource: Transforming Celebrations (e.g., Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) into More than a Holiday

1/13/14
Request: Mental Health and School Coordinators: Not another service provider!
Lessons Learned: Cold Weather Crisis: Many schools & districts will be updating plans
Featured Center Resource: Beyond general conferences: Targeted dissemination and facilitating implementation

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