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Every School…Safe, Supportive, Engaging, Inspiring Preparing for a new school year: We are hopeful

By Center for Supportive Schools, National Mentoring Resource Center “This work of deepening connections, of ensuring safety, and building relationships is more important now than ever before…the state of well-being for our children is at a crisis point. Schools cannot do this work alone. This is the work of CSS. Their staff, their commitment to […]

Why better data on students’ networks can start the school year off right

By Julia Freeland Fisher, The Christensen Institute Back to school means back to building relationships. Across high school campuses this fall, the first weeks of class will be marked by new rosters, ice breakers, hopes and dreams conferences, and the like as teachers set out to get to know their students and to help students […]

8 Interventions for Struggling Students

By Search Institute Some students struggle in school, but there are ways to help them overcome academic challenges. Whether they are challenged in math, English, science, or history, the result is similar. The notion that they aren’t good at something leads them to believe they just didn’t have what it takes to get through it. […]

OPINION: There’s an effective way to guide our students through mental health problems

Schools do not have the resources they need, but relying on peers is a great step in the right direction By Chelsea Waite and Julia Freeland Fisher, The Hechinger Report New CDC data out last month revealed that more than 4 in 10 teens report feeling “persistently sad or hopeless.” The data reflects what parents […]

Resources to Help Children in the Wake of a School Shooting

By Jessica Dym Bartlett, Child Trends  As adults struggle with their own reactions to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida—the 29th mass shooting in the United States in the first two months of 2018 alone—young eyes and ears are watching and listening. This is an important time to talk to children about what they are […]

Can learning-related social support mitigate the effect life stress has on adolescent life satisfaction?

Lyons, M. D., & Jiang, X. (2022). School-related social support as a buffer to stressors in the development of adolescent life satisfaction. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 38(1), 21–38. https://doi.org/10.1080/15377903.2021.1895397 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Research shows that learning-related social support correlates with developmental outcomes. It’s still unclear whether learning-related social support mitigates the […]

New study explores how cultural mistrust and mentoring affect students’ attitudes toward school

O’Donnell, A. J., Harris, K., Sánchez, B., & Thursby, K. (2022). The roles of cultural mistrust and mentoring in Latinx adolescents’ attitudes toward school. Journal of Research on Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12758 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Research indicates that current & historical experiences of racism correlate with youth developing cultural mistrust towards educational institutions & […]

Trauma-responsive Educational Practices: Providing Schools with Tools to Address the Youth Mental Health Crisis

By Anusha Chinthalapale, American Youth Policy Forum Our youth are facing ever-increasing amounts of trauma and often expected to participate in classroom instruction and interact with educators, administrators, and other students as if none of the trauma exists. And the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem, which was a recent focus of an advisory from […]

The Benefits of an Alumni Mentorship Program for Students

A temporary strategy designed to improve virtual learning has become a successful schoolwide policy that supports students and teachers. By Trevor Gardner, Edutopia This was a typical day in the fall of 2021 at my school: Brenda, both an alum of the school and an academic mentor, sits beside a student in Ms. K’s Advanced […]