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Previous Postings (since 2014)

>About addressing the impact of lost instructional time
>How much input are you having about supporting students as the school year begins?
>About making teams and work groups effective
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>What's planned for students (and teachers/staff) who are quarantined?
>About Improving Mental Health Support at Schools: Meeting Immediate Needs, Rebuilding Systems to Enhance Capabilities
>Follow up on Mask Bullying
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>What plans are in place to address "mask bullying"?
>In the News
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>Are folks overestimating the mental health impact of the pandemic?
>About promoting resilience
>In the News
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>A cautionary note about SEL: Manners? Morals? Mental Health?
>Improving student/learning supports: It's not just about more staff & stuff
>Can schools be safe without school police?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>About integrating social/emotional with multicultural education
>In the News:
    U.S. Department of Education Releases "Return to School Roadmap"
    Summer school: A mixed picture
    We don't have big goals': Leaders call for ed transformation after COVID-19
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>About legislative efforts for mental health in school
>In the News:
    Youth helping older adults access resources
    Reductions in school staffing
    Funds for homeless students
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>Do the mental health concerns arising from the pandemic make itessential for schools to promote mutual support groups for teachers andother school staff?
>Safe schools: Are school police essential?
>Professional Development This Summer: What Teachers and PrincipalsSay They Need
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>How are schools supporting students this summer?
>>A Learn and Earn Summer Program
>>Community Service Learning
About State Plans for Using Federal Relief Funds to Support Students
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>How committed are schools to equity, inclusion, diversity, social justice?
>What do students and school staff need this summer?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>How are federal stimulus funds being used to address barriers to learning and teaching? Will the work be sustainable when the special funding ends?
>How about using relief funds to transform the way schools address mental health concerns?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>Now what for students who didn't participate in online learning?
>School Districts are Helping Increase Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations
>New Report:Implementation Science and Complex School Changes
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>How are schools helping students return to normal?
>Homeless students: Using stimulus funds to address the challenge
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>More about outreaching to those who have not returned and also addressing chronic absenteeism
>Opportunities for summer learning
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>Developing an infrastructure for social and emotional development
>Averting Targeted School Violence: Secret Service Analysis
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>About community mental health agencies working in schools
>Learning from school reopenings
>One year of school closures: What's next?
>Special Announcements
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>Resilience and the Pandemic
>Moving forward with a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports

>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>About Resources to Address Racism Against Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.
>Lessons learned as students return to school

>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>About School Planning for Uncertainty in Navigating COVID-19
>How Do Young Children Explain Differences in the Classroom? Implications for Achievement, Motivation, and Educational Equity

>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>What is being done about substance abuse during the pandemic?
>COVID-19 Prevention via the Science of Habit Formation
>New Directions for Student/Learning Supports Staff
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>Anticipating and planning for demonstrations related to the trial of the officer charged in George Floyd’s death
>More on 504 accommodations
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>504 accommodations
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>Reengaging Dropouts: Outreach and Re-entryStrategies as Schools Re-open
>From a HS student: Pressure to open schools is foolish in a pandemic
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources


>Share experiences about schooling during the pandemic
>Meeting the needs of students during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
>School connectedness in these challenging times
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources


>Psychological impact of multiple challenges: What should schools do?
>Tackling the Pandemic’s Mental Health Impact
>Concerns about the push to “catch up”
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources


>How might schools respond to the violence at the U.S. Capitol?
>How are schools planning to meet the needs of special education students?
>What’s being done to reach youth and connect them with needed services?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources


>Schools Responding to the Violence at the U.S. Capitol: A Time to Help, a Time to Model, and a time to Teach

>A Superintendent’s search for ways to address the strain on staff in her district
>Why are students asked to pay for equipment?
>About the nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>Holidays during the pandemic: What are your plans?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>Enhancing teaming to strengthen support for students and teachers
>Response to discussion of privatizing student support personnel>
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

>Are you using concerns about the pandemic, social injustices, and other natural opportunities to enhance social emotional development?
>A few newsitems
>Policy director shares Biden's 5-step education agenda
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources


>How can the negative impact on MH of COVID protection protocols be mitigated?
>How supported are K-8 students in moving from online to hybrid learning?
>Let’s provide input to the Biden education transition team
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources


>Empathy for students in these challenging times: Is it being treated as an imperative?
>Teaching students in a mental health facility
>Government Accounting Office report on education and COVID 19
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

        >What innovations are schools introducing during these challenging times?
        >More on resilience and teens during the pandemic
        >Links to a few other relevant shared resources
    11/2/20 -- Special Edition

    >Being Ready After the Election to Help Students Process the Outcomes

      10/29/20 -- Special Edition

      >Are you encountering students who are indicating emotional concerns about the election?


      >How are Schools Planning to Prevent an Increase in Dropouts?
      >What if each student were served by a team?
      >More about risk and resilience during the pandemic
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources


      >How are students experiencing online learning? And what do they say about making it better?
      >In the News:
          >>Fewer Kids, Less Money: How the Pandemic Puts Districts in a Bind
          >>Will the Students Who Didn't Show Up for Online Class This Spring Go Missing Forever?
          >>Ill. district creates online counseling resources.
          >>Pandemic fuels "crisis" in education workforce
          >>Schools need technical support for distance teaching
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources


      >Strategies to link students to support during distance learning
      >Are schools meeting the MH needs of general education students?
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources


      >What’s your view about Learning Pods?
       >Can remote learning produce good outcomes
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources


      >Does remote schooling increase or decrease cyberbullying?
      >What’s happening to strengthen online student & staff support?
      >About layoff protections and shortages
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources


      >Analysis of school reopening plans: Moving Forward
      >What can be done for parents challenged by online learning schedules?
      >Request from a teacher leader about enhancing online learning engagement
      >About COVID-19 and School Climate
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources


      >About creative models for teaching during the pandemic
      >Supporting parents/families as co-teachers
      >Improving the quality of online instruction at the university level
      >School nurses are prominently discussed in new school year: What about other student/learning support staff?
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >Reconnecting with students who didn’t participate in online learning
      >America’s mental health system is sorely lacking a public focus
      >U.S. Dept of Ed provides rethinking education grants to eleven states
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >What should online schooling do to promote positive social development?
      >What’s your view about this student’s reaction to onlineinstruction and support:?
      >Will online schooling reduce relational bullying?
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >About teaching and providing student/learning supports online
      >A Principal sent us a call for reopening schools
      >Helping children and teens through this difficult time
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >What are teachers and student support staff reporting about their experiences with distance learning/student support?
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >Different perspectives on resuming in person teaching and learning
      >Guidance for school re-opening: NEA, AASA, States
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >NEA’s request re: a “virtual care package”
      >How do schools respond to students expressing strong emotions?
      >What’s taking place locally to support learning over the summer?
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >Students and schools addressing social justice and equity
      >Diversity as a Focus for a School’s Learning Supports Leadership Team
      >Staff Mental Health: What’s being done to appreciate the effort beyondthe call of duty
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >Youth speak out on social injustice
      >Teachers’ reactions to changes in interacting with students online
      >How the current crisis can lead to burnout
      >Letter of appreciation from a superintendent
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >About Innovative summer enrichment programs
      >Q&A about mental health support by schools in light of the pandemics
      >Setting up a grass roots mental health network
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >Issues being raised about how schools relate to local police
      >Issues about re-opening schools equitably
      >One student’s reaction and his grandfather’s response
      >A superintendents message
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      The Two Pandemics
          >What are schools doing and planning to address the racial pandemic?
          >What Some Students are Experiencing>What works in online counseling/teaching
          >About professional development for student/learning support during the pandemic
          >Student and retired teachers are volunteering during the pandemic
          >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      About how schools are and plan to address the racial pandemic
      >First response and some resources

      >The murder of George Floyd andthe events that have and will continue to follow

      >Responding to COVID-19 with innovative student/learning supports
      >Student/learning support staff are reaching out to students
      >About being at the planning table for school re-opening
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >Contrasting perspectives:
          >>From the U. S. Department of EducationLearning must continue for all students
          >>From “We are teachers”Sometimes the best thing you can do for a student is to back off
      >An example of district decisions related to tight budget
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources

      >What are student/learning support staff doing while schools are closed?
      >About reaching students who don’t have internet access
      >Follow-up to discussion of missing students
      >Links to a few other relevant shared resources
      >What secondary students say about their current situation

      4/22/20 (special edition)
      >Outreach to “missing” students
      >Follow-up to discussion of when schools re-open
      >Links to a few other relevant resources

      4/15/20 (special edition)
      Coping with the Pandemic AND Continuing to Address Learning and Teaching Problems
      >Crisis Responding: Does it preclude planning ahead?
      >What can we do for students who are not doing well in being schooled at home?
      >What students are saying
      >Links to a few other relevant resources

      4/7/20 (special edition)
      Mental Health and the Coronavirus Crisis
      >Does your community have
              >>a mental health hotline?
              >>an online quick link resource list related to MH?
      >Maintaining mental health during the Coronavirus crisis
      >Sharing from colleagues
      >Links to a few other relevant resources

      4/6/20 (special edition)
      >>Added Stressors on Teachers
      >>Online Teaching? Another Problem in Providing Equity of Opportunity
      >>How one teacher is reaching out to students
      >>Links to a few other relevant resources

      4/3/20 (special edition)
      >>What kids are saying about no school
      >>Sharing from the Field about Grief Resources
      >>Links to a few other relevant resources

      4/2/20 (special edition)
      The elephant in the room when school’s provide online teaching
      >>What student/learning supports are in place for students being taughtat home during the crisis?
      >>What we hear from student/learning supports’ leaderswho are working to address the need
      >>Links to a few other relevant resources

      3/31/20 (special edition)
      >>Request from NY for resources on grief that schools can use
      >>Concern about at risk students and how schools can keep in touch
      >>Updates on Arizona and Illinois schools during pandemic
      >>Links to a few other relevant resources

      3/30/20 (special edition)
      >>How schools and their student/learning support staff are and can take action NOW
      >>What children and youth can do to help others during the crisis
      >>What are superintendents telling their community?
      >>Links to a few other relevant resources

      3/29/20 (special edition)
      >>Moving Ahead: Ready to be Proactive
      >>Physical distancing, not social distancing
      >>“Revisiting our school/district crisis plan: we didn’t plan for this crisis”
      >>Seattle schools provide essential services during the crisis
      >>Links to a few other relevant resources

      3/28/20 (special edition)
      >>Early Warning: Now is the time to Plan for the Increase inStudent Problems When Schools Reopen
      >>Resources related to setting up a hotline/helpline related to the crisis
      >>District to go to online learning/grading to complete the school year
      >>Community Tool Kit of Resources Related to the Crisis
      >>Messages Sent Out by a School Nurse and a Superintenden
      >>Links to a few other relevant resource

      3/27/20 (special edition)
      >>Establishing online teams at school, district, and state levels toplan and provide enhanced student/learning supports now andwhen students return
      >>What student support national organizations are advising
      >>What State Departments of Education are Doing
      >>Links to a few other relevant resource

      3/26/20 (special edition)
      >>Mental Health and the crisis
      >>What are kids’ questions about coronavirus?
      >>About situations where parents/caregivers are working remotely
      >>Virginia State Department of Education's Changing Graduation Requirements
      >>Links to a few other relevant resource

      3/24/20 (special edition)
      >>Time to establish a pool for free tutoring
      >>Engaging teens in learning during the crisis
      >>What state departments of education are doing/advising
      >>Links to a few other relevant resource

      3/23/20 (special edition)
      >>U.S. Department of Education update
      >>Social and Emotional Support for students
      >>What state departments of education are doing/suggesting
      >>Links to a few other relevant resource

      3/22/20 (special edition)
      Activities for Kids While Schools are Closed

      3/21/20 (special edition)

      Sharing Information about Resources and Actions
            >National School Boards Association guidance on the crisis
            >In times of crisis:
                      >>Taking care of ourselves and our families and friends
                     >>Continuing to support students and their families
                     >>Strengthening our communities
      What state departments of education are doing/suggesting
      Links to a few other relevant resources

      3/19/20 (special edition)
      >About Student/Learning Supports and the Coronavirus
      >A Superintendent’s letter to families
      >American Psychological Association Advice for Mental Health
      >What state departments of education are advising
      >Links to a few other relevant resources
      >More At-home Activities

      3/17/20 (special edition)
      >How are on-the-job school staff continuing to provide support tostudents and families?
      >What do state departments of education suggest?

      3/15/20 (special edition)
      >Update on plans for students when schools are closed

      3/13/20 (special edition)
      >CDC resources for schools related to the coronavirus
          >>Mitigation: Schools/childcare
          >> Mental health concerns

      >Transforming Schools to Better Address Barriersto Learning and Teaching

      >Guidance for Schools About the Coronavirus
      >How can schools support students impacted by family opioid addiction?

      >Strengthening School-Home Connections
      >Self-report may exaggerate severity of mental health problems

      >Supporting students/families following natural disasters
      >Broadening understanding of social emotional learning

      >About the rising number of students described as anxious --
          Is anxiety overdiagnosed?

      > Controversy about screening students for toxic stress

      >Hate Crimes

      >Addressing the stress of winter break and holidays
      >Follow-up -- School staff or community mental health providers?

      >Should legislation for mental health in schools emphasize using school staff or community mental health providers?

      >About Suicide Prevention Campaigns

      >How effective is youth mental health support?
      >Is poverty a risk factor for learning, behavior, and emotional problems?

      >About strengthening student and staff connections at school

      >>Broader understanding of attendance problems enhances interventions

      >Michael Ungar asks: Does Mindfulness Really Make Us Resilient?
      >Are student reports of crime being used to identify needed action? And is hotspot mapping being used?

      >Intro resources for teacher pathway and preparation programs

      >About promoting social emotional development at different ages
            A Recent Research Report from the Field –
             >>What Matters for Urban Adolescents’ Engagement and Disengagement in School

      >About screening for problems at school
            Follow-up on a previous discussion –
             >>Will the college admissions scandal hurt students with disabilities?

      >Are you playing a role in transforming student/learning supports?

      Follow-up on previous discussions:
          >What’s the difference between teasing and bullying?
          >What is school adjustment?

      >What’s a positive way to help youth identify affinity groups?
      >Achievement gap or opportunity gap?

      >About grouping students with behavior problems
      >Are schools overspecializing special assistance?

      >What are the plans for addressing bullying as school begins?
      >What are the limitations of MTSS?

      >Are schools contributing to the overdiagnosis of mental illness?    

      >Why are so many students anxious at school?
      >More re. the discussion of accommodations    

      >What are good follow-up plans for schools after a crisis event?
          >>What’s the plan to help students, families, and staff after a crisis?
          >>Are crisis plans being improved based on Lessons Learned by Principals?

      >Working relationship problems: A constant concern at all levels of schooling
      >Time for Straight Talk about Mental Health Services and MH in Schools

      >Will the College Admissions Scandal Impact Students With Disabilities?
      >Concerns about Special Accommodations 

      >“Disruptive Person Letters” – Isn’t there a better way to work with parents when frustrations and tensions are high?

      >How are schools helping students who don’t make it to graduation?

      > Helping Parents Deal with the "tween" years

      >About the Latest School Shooting
      >Summer Learning
      >When good research becomes an oversimplified trend: The author of “growth mindset” says education has misused the concept

      >Teaching about mental health; being sensitive to feelings that arise  

      >Has youth mental health improved with empirically supported treatments?  

      >Are trends such as trauma-informed schooling contributing to overpathologizing?
      >Mapping hot spots in schools: Working to improve school climate and prevent violence

      >Guiding & Supporting Volunteers at Schools

      >Personalizing interventions to address attendance problems
      >Cesar Chavez Day as the kick off for a year of service

      > Cautioning legislators about mandating MH screening of students

      >Connecting schools and community MH/behavioral health systems

      >Risk factors for bullying and school violence

      >Organizing a high school mental health group  

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      >LAUSD Strike Highlights the Importance of Student/Learning Supports
          • About librarians and student/learning supports
          • Nurses, counselors, social workers, and psychologists in leadership roles for developing a unified, comprehensive, and equitable system of student/learning supports mental illness

      >Following Martin Luther King Day: Launch a Semester of Service
      >Follow up -- about the popularization of mental illness

      >The popularization of mental illness

      >Who is using the winter break to encourage community service learning?

      >Are policy makers overspecializing special assistance?
      >Who is seen as qualified to provide special assistance? (The beginnings of the community of practice discussion)
      >Where do you stand with respect to certifying Behavioral Specialists?

      >Does holiday giving strengthen social-emotional development?
      >How to Help Kids Learn to Love Giving
      >Fit giving to pressing needs

      >Are funding sources narrowing the focus of mental health in schools?
      >Where do you stand with respect to new directions for MH in schools?

      >Student engagement and school climate
      >mental health screening in schools?

      > Support for students who want to report peer sexual assault
      >How schools are addressing reports of peer sexual assault

      >Handling Misbehavior: Building Positive Relationships
      >Students reactions to safety measures

      >School Resource Officers (SROs)  

      >Transforming credentialing standards for student/learning supports
      >Reading about feelings; will it enhance coping and resilience?

      >How Best to Enhance Behavioral Health/Mental Health in Schools
      >NASP’s Policy Recommendations for Safe Schools 

      >Students positive experiences and attitudes sharply drop over their years in school. What can be done to reverse this trend?
      >About how engagement in learning reduces student problems 

      >Agencies working in schools
      >About State School Discipline Policies
      student problems  

      > Addressing underlying causes of attendance problems   

      >About community agencies working with schools to address mental health problems   

      >Improving school climate by making the new school year a welcoming experience and a fresh new start   

      >Measuring social emotional learning: Findings suggest a problem for accountability   

      >Limited budgets make for difficult choices about priorities
      > What the 2018 Kids Count Data underscore about the challenges for school improvement

      >Using mandates, legislation, and grants as catalysts for developing a unified, comprehensive, and equitable student/learning supports system
      >Examples of current grant opportunities that schools could use to improve a system of learning/student supports

      >Next steps in enhancing school safety     

      >Effectiveness of school support staff compared to community providers    

      >Retention in second grade    

      >How can schools provide more help to challenged students?    

      >Using end of year conferences to plan transition to the next grade/school
      >An overview discussion and resources for supporting for the many transitions students experience daily and
      over the school year

      > About Having an Impact on Policy to Enhance School Safety    

      >How social emotional learning fits into the bigger learning support framework    

      >About the White House recommendations for school safety    

      >”Racial conflict, Building a sense of community, & Links to Resources   

      >”Auditing” school climate: Guidelines for leaders & Links to Resources   

      >Enhancing Parent Engagement using Home Visits   

      >Anticipating School Walkouts   

      >School shooting raises concerns about enhancing school capacity to provide mental health assistance   

      > Re: student engagement, internet addiction, ELL, service learning, harassment

      >Re: discipline, SEL, abuse, MTSS

      >Connecting schools, juvenile justice, and the community >

      >About school use of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS)
      Featuring: An Open letter from 3 Superintendents & the Co-Directors of the SWIFT Education Center

      >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
            >For Coordinators
             >For Volunteers
      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

      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

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

      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

      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

      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

      Request from a Colleague: About suicide prevention & emotional support in classrooms 
      Perspectives on this from Colleagues
      Featured Set of Center Resources: On suicide prevention

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

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

      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?

      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

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

      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

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

      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


      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


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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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?

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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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