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Previous Postings (since 2014)1/22/20
> Controversy about screening students for toxic stress
>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
>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
2/13/19>Follow up -- about the popularization of mental illness
>Organizing a high school mental health group
>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
>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?
> 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?