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What's New From the Center?

2022 Over the previous years, our analyses of prevailing school improvement legislation, planning, and literature have delineated fundamental deficiencies, especially with respect to enhancing equity of opportunity and closing the achievement gap.

As schools recover from the pandemic, there are opportunities to move forward in making essential changes.

With this in mind, a major facet of our work in 2022 is to focus school improvement policy and planning on:

For details see the resources listed below.

Moving in New Directions

See  National Initiative for the Transformation of Student and Learning Supports

Also see

All New Center Resources (Reports, Briefs, Information Resources. Packets, Practice Notes) are Reported Each Month in the Center UPDATEs section of ENEWS and Entered into the Resource Catalogue.


  Newsletter Quarterly e-Journal
Addressing Barriers to Learning.

Summer 2022

Special Edition

Reversing Fragmentation of Student/Learning Supports:
-Are You Part of the Problem?
-Will You be Part of the Solution?

Spring issue
Special Edition

Transforming Student/Learning Supports:
What We’ve Learned so Far

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Access to previous issues of this resource are online at http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/news.htm

   

Practitioners Exchange

Community of Practice --
"Weekly Practitioner"

http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/practitioner.htm

8/10/22
>What role do situational and relationship factors play in youngsters’ emotional problems?
>Does a "hardened campus" discourage parent engagement?
>Welcoming and student/family support starts at the front office
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

8/3/22
>How should schools improve discipline practices?
>About student jobs: Good for students? Good for schools?
>What's Going on with children's cabinets?
>Accounting for the views of children and adolescents
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

7/20/22
>Restoring teacher and principal well-being
> Special education students and nonpublic schools
>Comments on Center cautions about universal suicide screening
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

7/13/22
>Behavioral issues, absenteeism at schools increase
>Youth Voice and Participation
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

7/6/22
>Legislation is bringing more money for mental health to schools:
But the funding is not sustainable
>What we're hearing from districts working on improving student support
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

6/22/22
>About input as we plan a national online summit focused on unifying student/learning supports with mental health concerns fully embedded
>What can school boards do to improve student/learning supports?
>About Limiting the Focus at Schools to the “Youth Mental Health Crisis”
>Students Persevere; Teachers’ Ask for Support
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

6/15/22
>About Guiding Discussions to Improve Student/Learning Supports
>Will the Class of 2022 need supports to succeed as they move forward?
Should guns be a topic for classroom discussion -- and ACTION?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

6/8/22
>After Texas School Shooting: What are you doing to prevent the next one?
>As violence spikes, Chicago Schools are taking the need to provide activities for students ‘very seriously’
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

5/25/22
>Is this Community of Practice venue useful to you? How can we make it more useful? (Feedback request)
>Enhancing family engagement in schools
About Amending Regulations Implementing Section 504to Strengthen and Protect Rights for Students with Disabilities
>Teachers and student support staff working together (Part IV of four part series on recruiting, welcoming, developing, and supporting new teachers and student support staff)
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

5/18/22
>Which schools/districts are workingto transform student/learning supports?
>Enhancing Student/Learning Supports in Classrooms
(Part III of four part series on recruiting, welcoming, developing, and supporting new teachers and student support staff)
>About Teen Summer Jobs and Volunteering
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources
>Buffalo Superintendent's letter about the tragedy

5/11/22
>Enhancing District & School Efforts to Address Mental Health Concerns
>Welcoming and supporting new teachers and student support staff
(Part II of four part series on recruiting, welcoming, developing, and supporting new teachers and student support staff)
>Adversity and Opportunity -- The Pandemic's Paradoxical Effect on Child Health and Well-being
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

5/4/22
>More Needs Assessment -- Is it really needed?
>Aggressively recruiting new teachers and student support staff -- Part I of a four part series on recruiting, welcoming, developing, and supporting school personnel
>Some Ukrainian children are still in school despite the war
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

4/20/22
>More perspectives on school screening for student problems (e.g., emotional, learning, potential for suicide and violence)
>What we learn from kids
>Welcoming newcomers to school – and can we learn from Europe’s response to Ukraine’s refugee students?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

4/13/22
>A wellness agenda and enhancing a sense of community at school
>Youth have a role to play in improving school safety
>What’s happening to maintain the education of Ukrainian students?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

4/6/22
>About how some students are showing support for Ukraine
>Join the debate about: Coping and resilience in the time of Covid-19 and structural inequities
>Another controversy: A colleague cautions about child behavioral health research
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

3/23/22
>About Students Supporting the Ukraine
>Perspectives on addressing the teacher shortage
> >Links to a few other relevant shared resources


3/16/22
>What about universal suicide screening in schools?
>Working with communities
> >Links to a few other relevant shared resources


3/9/22
>About redesigning classrooms so every student has equity of opportunity to succeed at school and beyond
>Students Helping Students
> >Links to a few other relevant shared resources


2/23/22
>What about using mental health paraprofessionals in schools?
>Excerpt from New GOA Report: School Districts in Socially Vulnerable Communities Faced Heightened Challenges after Recent Natural Disasters
> >Links to a few other relevant shared resources


2/16/22
>What to do about the pandemic’s impact on the mental health of student and school staff
>Secretary Cardona’s Vision for Education
>Call for Papers: Causes and consequences of emerging violent extremism in the U.S. and implications for school safety, student mental health, families, and communities
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources


2/9/22
>About how teens can help each another during this time of crisis
>US Department of Education statements about using the relief funds
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

1/26/22
>About guidelines for using relief funds for homeless students
>Planning on applying for a Full Service Community Schools grant?
>Moving Upstream to Improve Children's MH -- Community & Policy Change
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

1/19/22
>About mental health lay workers in schools
>About supporting those affected by crises
>Practitioner discussion of the topic the volume of students needing help is overwhelming"
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

1/12/22
>Giving resources to students experiencing problems who want to better understand themselves and others
>About Bibliotherapy for Youngsters
>The focus on schools in the Surgeon General's report on youth MH
>About multitiered system of supports/response to intervention (MTSS/RtI)
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

12/22/21
>About taking mental health days
>About student apathy
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

12/15/21
>About addressing trauma and doing so equitably
>About the ever-present dropout problem
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

12/8/21
>About Expanding the Roles of Paraprofesssionals During Staff Shortages
>What are school staff saying about mental health resources and practices in their school?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

11/24/21
>About alternative schools
>About the impact of the shortage of substitute teachers
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources
>Request from the field for participants in school mental health study

11/17/21
>About Increasing School Attendance
>Establishing a New School Mental Health Unit OR Fully Embedding Mental Health into Ongoing Efforts to Address Barriers to Learning and Teaching?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

11/10/21
>Masks at schools are natural opportunities to promote social and emotional development & mental health
>Promoting collaboration between management and "teacher" unions to enhance school improvement
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

11/3/21
>The problem of engaging (and reengaging) students
>What are students saying after the first months of school?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

10/20/21
>High absenteeism calls for extensive outreach and comprehensive efforts to reengage disconnected students
>Concerns about the pernicious impact of extramural funding for mental health services in schools
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

10/13/21
>How Are Immigrants/Refugees and Other Newcomers Being Transitioned-In at Local Schools?
>At this stage in the pandemic: How Are Adolescents Coping?
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

10/6/21
>How are schools currently addressing the many COVID-related problems arising for students?
>Responses related to position statement about mental health in schools
>Links to a few other relevant shared resources

9/15/21
>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

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