Center for MH in Schools & Student/Learning Supports


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The Following Recent Articles are Continuing Indicators of the Imperative for Transforming Student and Learning Supports

School Lockdowns Can Save Students’ Lives   Lockdown procedures have been cited for saving lives during a deadly shooting attack in a northern California community. (NY Daily News, Nov. 15)

More Than 1 Million K-12 Students Are Homeless. What One District Is Doing About I With more than 4,000 homeless students in its schools last year, educators in the Dallas district decided they needed to try something new, especially to support the most extreme cases—students living in cars, parks, or abandoned buildings. The district is teaming up with After8toEducate, a local nonprofit, to turn one of its unused elementary schools into a 35-bed shelter and a 24-hour drop-in center that would provide homeless students with wraparound services, such as mental health counseling, primary medical care, and tutoring. (Education Week, Oct. 30)

Study Finds Connection Between CTE Courses, Graduation Juniors and seniors in high school who complete career and technical education (CTE) courses are more likely to graduate on time and less likely to drop of school, compared to those who don’t participate in CTE programs, according to a new study appearing in the American Educational Research Journal. (Education Dive, Oct. 31)   

After Fatal Bronx School Stabbing, NY City Launches New Anti-Bullying Programs The $8 million package of programs includes a new online tool for families to reporting bullying incidents, anti-bullying training for students and school staff members, and funding for student-support clubs such as those for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. In addition, the department will begin allowing bullying victims to request school transfers, will require schools to come up with individual plans for dealing with students who bully others, and will provide extra training and support to the 300 schools with the highest bullying rates. (Chalkbeat, Oct. 30)  

Recission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) The recission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will affect more than 800,000 young adults who are in school or working, and striving to make a living in this country.  In the coming months, schools will have to help students cope with the additional stress and educators will be involved with shaping Congressional policy-making.  (9/5)

Teachers band together in wake of storm Harvey -- Schools remain closed in parts of Texas, but a number of educators are supporting students in shelters through the newly formed Teachers Volunteering in Shelters group. Some educators nationwide also are raising funds online and supporting teachers in other ways. (NPR) (9/3)

>County to pay rent so children don't have to change schools. To keep 26 children from being yanked out of their Northeast Portland (OR) elementary school mid-school-year, Multnomah County will spend $48,000 to cover the steep rent increases that threatened to displace them and their families. Rigler Elementary School is in the county's SUN Community Schools program, which provides after-school activities and social services to disadvantaged students. The county-connection made reallocation of funds possible. County officials decided that, through the SUN program, they'd made an investment in Rigler children's success and wanted to support that community.

>North Carolina's School-Based Mental Health Initiativ. Requires all LEAs/charter schools to develop and implement a plan for assessing and improving the effectiveness of existing supports for addressing the mental health and substance use needs of the student population. Each plan is to address (1) universal prevention, (2) early intervention services, and (3) referral, treatment, and re-entry. In addition, state-level supports via consultation and training are described. Policy statement


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