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Back to School in a Pandemic – Sorting Out the Policy Puzzle

By Janet Forbush Millions of students from pre-K through college are now either beginning to or returning to classrooms throughout the United States. The pervasive influence of COVID-19 and the Delta variant continues to create havoc in our lives and cause extraordinary duress in the policy environment. For example, there is a dramatic increase of […]

A novel mental health service-delivery framework: Integrating multi-tiered systems of support and community-based mentoring programs

Hart, M. J., Flitner, A. M., Kornbluh, M. E., Thompson, D. C., Davis, A. L., Lanza-Gregory, J., McQuillin, S. D., Gonzalez, J. E., & Strait, G. G. (2021). Combining MTSS and Community-Based Mentoring Programs. School Psychology Review. Summarized by Ariel Ervin https://doi.org/10.1080/2372966X.2021.1922937 Notes of Interest:  Although American schools offer mental health services for youths, they are limited […]

Mentoring expert, Dr. Sam McQuillin, explains why school closings affect more than learning

Experts’ Corner: Mentoring in the era of COVID-19 From the ‘Mentoring in the era of COVID-19: Nine experts in the field weigh in’ article by Justin Preston and Monica Arkin For Samuel McQuillin, Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at the University of South Carolina, the past year has pointed to the […]

What Students Are Saying About Mentors, Uncomfortable School Assignments, and Snitching

  Teenage comments in response to our recent writing prompts, and an invitation to join the ongoing conversation.   By The Learning Network, The New York Times In this roundup of writing prompt responses, students wrote about how their mentors played a role in their lives, how they’ve handled uncomfortable school assignments, and discussed when […]

States and districts should exercise caution before using school climate survey data to compare schools

By Deborah Temkin, Renee Ryberg, Sarah Her, Child Trends In recent years, the education field has recognized that successful schools feature not only strong academics, but also a clear focus on creating safe and supportive learning environments, providing access to health supports, and addressing students’ social and emotional needs. Federal mandates now reflect this more […]

Enhancing online learning

By Ashley Abramson, APA The COVID-19 pandemic has moved education online for most students. Psychologists are offering ways to maximize that shift Many instructors were on spring break when they learned their schools were closing to stop the spread of the coronavirus—and they had less than a week to move all their course content online. […]

Ways to support your graduating senior in 2020

By Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Today’s high school seniors were born in the midst of 9/11 and will graduate during COVID-19, an unprecedented time in our history. For many Boys & Girls Clubs kids and teens, the days in between have been equally uncertain. Although, for some, […]

How we can mitigate the impact of the corona virus pandemic on families

While every family is going to be affected differently, the Research to Policy Collaborative has put together a list of expert advice on how to best weather the many situations that could arise due to the pandemic. You can find this information below, and on their website. “The fast-moving Coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19) […]

‘Connected’ schools have lower rates of suicide attempts

By SCOTT HESEL, Futurity Rates of suicide attempts are lower in high schools where students have better connections to their peers and stronger relationships with adult staff, according to a new study. The study surveyed 10,291 students from 38 high schools to determine social integration through the relationship network structure of each school. Researchers asked […]

Singing bill to help mentoring causes.

Public housing after-school programs could get boost if AHEAD bill passes

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Editor’s Note: We often think of mentoring programs based out of schools, libraries, or YMCA’s. Having after-school programs connected with public housing authorities has the potential to open doors for youth who aren’t able to attend because of after school responsibilities. The AHEAD bill, now before Congress, could expand such […]