Schools Archives - NWI

Research on Impact of Pre-Kindergarten

April 25, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The Brookings Institution recently published a report on the current research on the impact of pre-kindergarten and found “uniformly positive evidence of impact on kindergarten readiness”. According to the report, 42 states plus the District of Columbia now have early education programs serving 30 percent of the nation’s 4-year-olds and 5 percent of 3-year-olds. The report identifies the need for further research into the best ways to implement pre-kindergarten programs.

Read the report»

Research on Benefits of Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School

April 17, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published a research brief on the need to support social emotional learning (SEL) to improve behavioral and academic outcomes for students. The brief includes analysis of 20 years of research on SEL programs in K-12 schools. Overall, students who were provided SEL programs performed 11 percent higher in academic achievement and behavior measures, than those who did not have SEL programs. The brief also outlines recommendations for implementing SEL programs, including providing training and coaching for educators, supporting family and community partnerships and as well as policy support at the local, state and national levels.

Download the research brief»

When a child alleges sexual abuse: A guide for educators

February 22, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has created a guide for educators’ to help them in determining the best ways to respond and support students in the event of a child alleging sexual abuse.

Read “When a Child Alleges Sexual Abuse by an Educator or other School Staff: An Educators’ Guide to Appropriate Response and Support”»

Research To Practice: Building Supportive and Inclusive Programming for American Muslim Youth

February 15, 2017 | Emily Taylor

This recent post from stopbullying.gov, includes an interview with Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D., Director of The Family & Youth Institute and a leading researcher on American Muslim youth, about creating supportive and inclusive programs that meet the needs of Muslim youth and families. The post includes links to many related resources.

Read about creating supportive programs for Muslim youth»

Viewpoint: We need to provide better mental health treatment in schools. Here’s how to start.

February 8, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this Washington Post viewpoint piece child psychotherapist and parent educator Katie Hurley acknowledges the challenges facing schools in meeting the mental health needs of students. She offers concrete suggestions for ways teachers and school administrators can help create supportive environments in schools.

Read about supporting children’s mental health in schools»

What If All Children Could Attend Preschool?

February 6, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this recent blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the authors detail the benefits of preschool to children’s long term well-being and survey preschool standards in several European countries, where universal preschool is the norm.

Read about the benefits of preschool»

KSOC-TV on Jan. 26: Intersecting Identities Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color

January 25, 2017 | Emily Taylor

On January 26 at 2 p.m. ET, KSOC-TV will release the interactive webisode, “Intersecting Identities Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color.” This webisode will focus on issues affecting LGBTQI2-S youth of color and share ways to help providers, after-school program facilitators, families, and youth understand the intersection of identities and the associated challenges of trauma, suicide, and resilience. Participants will learn strategies to address behavioral health challenges and facilitate healing among children, youth, and families. State and local community leaders, health care providers, child- and youth-serving agencies, schools, LGBTQI2-S supporting organizations, and caregivers are encouraged to watch and participate in the webisode.

Watch the live webcast on January 26 at 2 p.m. ET»

Access previous KSOC-TV webisodes»

Community Schools Can Make a Difference for LGBTQ Youth

January 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor

This recent post from the Center for American Progress highlights the many benefits of community schools that “leverage partnerships between government agencies and community-based service providers to improve the educational achievement of students by caring for the overall well-being of students and their families”. The authors argue that community schools can also improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth by providing access to services and supports.

Read about community school programs that support LGBTQ youth»

Teaching school children about mental health

January 4, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A recent BBC story profiles CuesEd, a program being used in some London schools to help children learn how to recognize, talk about and manage their emotions. The program aims to provide children with knowledge and skills before they reach adolescence.

Read the article about mental health education in English elementary school»

New series from Child Trends: It matters!

December 13, 2016 | Emily Taylor

The “It Matters” series from Child Trends incorporates presentations, videos, and infographics to review over 125 indications of child well-being. Topics covered include school readiness, bullying prevention and teen pregnancy prevention.

Access the It Matters series on child well-being»

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