Center for MH in Schools & Student/Learning Supports  

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2020 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 ESSA is implemented, there are opportunities to move forward in making essential changes.

With this in mind, a major facet of our work in 2020 is to focus school improvement policy and planning on:

For details see

Moving in New Directions

 National Initiative for the Transformation of Student and Learning Supports

See the Legislative prototype being sent to key legislators in every state

and the recent policy report

How Well Do State Legislatures Focus on Improving School Efforts to Address Barriers to Learning and Teaching & Re‑engage Disconnected Students?   

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.

Fall issue

>Assisting Kids with Online Instruction

>Talking with Kids When Assisting with Learning

>To Push or Not To Push

>Common Tips from the Internet

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    >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

    >About creative models for teaching during >Links to a few other relevant shared resource the pandemic/span
    >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 resource

    >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 pr
    omote 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 beyond
    the 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

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      • How are schools focusing on student engagement and re-engagement?
      • After the crisis, public education will be in a state of transformation: What is being proposed?
      • Quick links to online resources
      • A few news stories
      • Comments and sharing from the field


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