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Previous Postings (since 2014)12/13/17
>Parent-teacher conferences: Strengthening or weakening school-home connections?
> Using holiday-related school activities as natural opportunities to enhance social and emotional learning
> Exchange about MTSS (Multi Tiered System of Support)
> Creating a family of schools to enhance student/learning supports
> As screening of students “at risk” expands, the discussion includes analyzing internet & social media use
> The transition to middle and high school
> Helping students return after an absence related to mental health problems
> Addressing barriers to learning in a low income school
>A colleague’s challenging concern about the Center’s call to action & Teaching
> Redesigning School, District, and State Websites to Highlight School Improvement Efforts for Addressing Barriers to Learning & Teaching
> Re-engaging disconnected students
>Providing alternative learning opportunities for students having problems adjusting to school this year
>Making student/learning supports more effective
>Helping students cope with academic and social pressure
>What Colleagues are Planning in Kicking-off the New School Year
>About Countering student-deficit biases
>About promoting positive behavior schoolwide: Beyond Behavioral Initiatives
> How are school boards focusing on addressing barriers to learning and teaching?
> What supports are provided vulnerable youth after high school?
> How to help large numbers of struggling students?
>Any guidelines for evaluating a program’s focus on cultural competence?
>How are staffing patterns for student & learning supports changing?
>Involving students and families in exploring options for summer learning
>What opportunities open-up as attendance emerges as an expanded accountability indicator?
>What are good supports for immigrant/refugee students?
>What’s realistic when including student voices at school?
What’s a good instruction program for a “behavior” room?>
>How can students balance academics and social activity?
>How can staff balance work and collaboration?
>Mental Health Education for Students: What works?
>How can students access free and confidential psychological help?
>What about helping teachers improve classroom climate?
>What's a good way to involve students in strengthening student/learning supports at their schools?
>Should more schools employ student support staff over the summer?
>What should professional development emphasize for reducing classroom behavior problems?
Where are examples of places developing a unified, comprehensive, and equitable system of student and learning supports?
What's involved in measuirng mental health in schools?
Opportunities for students to outreach to others all year long
Thinking about Special Times of the Year as Natural Opportunities for Social Emotional Development
Why is there so much support for bilingual education at this time?
Weighing the pros and cons of a school change
What are the pros and cons of student support staff being centralized in a district or decentralized by schools?
Why is there so little space for confidential counseling at a school?
Can schools increase parent involvement?
What are the barriers to and strategies for school-community collaboration to enhance equity of opportunity?
What is the most pressing issue facing the field of mental health in schools?
What plans are being made to prevent staff burnout?
*What do you think about the decision to assign no homework?
*What helps make inclusion successful?
Social media: Is it an added distraction & barrier to learning?
What's a good way to frame evidence based interventions for addressing barriers to learning and teaching?
Using current data as a measure of school climate: Good idea or bad?
Community violence and students: What’s the role of schools?
What is the Role of Technology in Addressing Barriers to Learning?
Who's planning for welcoming and providing supports for new staff, students, and families?
What do you know about a school-community response to a local substance abuse problem?
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?
(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?
What have schools and communities planned for students over the summer?
What’s the best way to integrate community resources into schools?
FAQ: What’s the best way to prepare new teachers to address behavioral and mental health concerns?
Will “free̶" tuition really address equity of opportunity?
A student asks: Do we realyy need parent consent to get help with MH problems?
A principal asks: How do we pursue more effective strategies to address barriers to learning?
Do we really mean to involve parents at school?
How will districts and school deal with the anticipated shortfall from ESSA’s Block Grant?
Will ESSA reduce compartmentalized and territorial turf battles?
As defined in ESSA, who are Specialized Instructional Support Personnel? Are they the only ones who provide student and learning supports?
The multi-tiered student support (MTSS)model: How does it fit into a unified & comprehensive system of learning supports?
How will the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) affect student support services?
Can schools enhance parent participation in student conferences?
Do school’s need to address poverty in order to improve learning?
Needed: A continuum of professional development to establish a system of learning supports
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
Interchange with a Principal: Revealing Student Dignity, Humanity, and Capability
Featured Center Resources: >Engagement re-engagement, and intrinsic motivation
>Some Recently Updated Intro Packets
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
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
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
Request From a Colleague:About student support staff working in classrooms
Featured Center Resources: Learning supports in the classroom: Enabling Learning
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
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
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
Request From a Parent: Fifth graders into middle school: Concerns?
Featured Center Resources: Supporting Transitions
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
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
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
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
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
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
Special Issue on Volunteers at Schools
Request from a colleague: About volunteers to enhance student & learning supports
Examples of Volunteer Handbooks from School Districts
Featured Set of Center Resources: For continuing education of volunteers and school staff learning supports
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
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
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