School Climate, Health and Student Life

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Carvon Johnson and Robyn Johnson with daughter Jayla, standing, a recent graduate of Council Rock High School in Newtown, Pa., and daughter Janai, who graduated from the school in 2013. Both sisters said they were the targets of threats and racist speech because they are African-American.
—Daryl Peveto for Education Week

Swastikas. The N-word. 'Go Back to Mexico.' What Hate Looks Like in Schools

Data on hate-related incidents in schools are skimpy, but when slurs are scrawled on bathroom stalls and threatening notes are put in backpacks, it’s clear that hate and intolerance are being boldly expressed in some schools. (August 6, 2018)

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Creating an SEL Roadmap: A District’s Journey to Support the Whole Child
In this webinar, Panorama Education and Second Step join educators from Everett Public Schools to discuss strategies to support the whole child.

How to Encourage Student Achievement Through Social-Emotional Learning and Motivation
In this webinar, educators share practical lessons from real-world experience on how to inspire student success, increase student motivation, and more.

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Spotlight on Social-Emotional Learning 2018

While barriers remain, educators are forging paths towards implementing social-emotional learning in all schools. In this Spotlight, learn how schools are responding to students' developmental needs, the challenges to carrying out SEL, and how to find time for social-emotional learning in the classroom.

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Some teachers simulate slavery in their classrooms to try to foster empathy. But in practice, many educators say, these activities can minimize horrific events, recreate racist power dynamics, and cause emotional hurt to black students.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
School safety trainings, especially those that simulate shooting scenarios, can be physically and emotionally painful for educators, and can leave districts open to lawsuits.
March 24, 2019 – Education Week
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
An after-school program in North Carolina teaches teenagers to collaborate and problem-solve by tasking them with real work-world problems drawn from their community.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
An activist brand of civics instruction is gaining champions and a few critics in the nation's schools.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
A new study shows rising rates of mental health incidents among teens and young adults, while rates for older generations remain stable. The findings point to possible generational causes such as technology use, a psychologist says.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
Advisory periods—that common block of time in middle and high school schedules intended to strengthen relationships in schools—often feel burdensome to teachers and useless to students. But some schools are finding ways to make advisories matter.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
Lila Berg was starting middle school in a new town, making the often rocky transition to 6th grade potentially even more fraught.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
Lunches wolfed down in 15 minutes. Little or no recess. Sleep-deprived teens. And pollutant-filled indoor air. There’s mounting evidence that addressing these basic quality of life issues can improve students’ achievement and well-being.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
Riley Quinn exercises each day as part of her elementary school's "Morning Mile" program, which the principal says makes a huge difference in kids' readiness to learn.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week

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