Center for MH in Schools & Student/Learning Supports  

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2021 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 2021 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
      Transforming Student and Learning Supports: Trailblazing Initiatives!

       Evolving School Improvement Planning for Addressing Barriers to Learning and Teaching

       Restructuring California Schools to Address Barriers to Learning and Teaching in the COVID 19 Context and Beyond

       30 minute Introductory webinar
     Download accompanying PDf handouts


Recent Books

               Improving School Improvement

            Addressing Barriers to Learning: In the Classroom and Schoolwide

               Embedding Mental Health as Schools Change

              Transforming Student and Learning Supports: Developing a Unified, Comprehensive, and Equitable System    

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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.

News Item News from Around the Country
News and reports related to enhancing how schools address barriers to learning and teaching, mental health concerns, etc.

  Newsletter Quarterly e-Journal
Addressing Barriers to Learning.

Spring issue

>>Support Transition-back for Students, Families, and Staff
>Re-opening Schools with a Sense of Exciting Renewal: Generating Hope
>What Are Schools Doing About the Increased Number of Emotional, Behavioral, and Learning Problems?
>Schools Must Provide Effective Student and Learning Supports Before Implementing a Formal Screening Program and Labeling Students
>Re-engaging the Disconnected in Instructional Activity
>Equity of Opportunity Now and for the Rest of the Year
>Minimizing Dropouts and Maximizing Graduation Rates During the Pandemic
>Addressing Grief and Loss
>Minimizing Stress Reactions and Preventing Student & Staff “Burnout”

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Practitioners Exchange
>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

Community of Practice --
"Weekly Practitioner"

>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

>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

Special Community of Practice Practitioners
>10/29/20 Are you encountering students who are indicating emotional concerns about the election?
>11/2/20 Being Ready After the Election to Help Students Process the Outcomes

>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 resource

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>As schools re-open, how are they addressing student and familytransition Problems?

>About using federal stimulus funds to address barriers to learning andteaching and reengage disconnected students
    • Quick links to online resources
    • A few news stories
    • Comments and sharing from the field


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