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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    Community of Pracctice --
    "Weekly Practitioner"

    >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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     >Minimizing stress reactions and preventing student & staff “burnout”

    >How will schools change after the pandemic?

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      • A few news stories
      • Comments and sharing from the field


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