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Previous Postings (since 2014)


>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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