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Navigating SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) with Older Youth

September 24, 2023 | NWI

While many SEL programs and much of the research to date have focused on elementary school-aged children, more recent research shows that middle and high school-aged youth can also show substantial benefits from explicit opportunities for social and emotional development. This blog explores the benefits of and enabling conditions for high-quality SEL programs for young people in middle and high school.

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Training for Just a Few Teachers Could Cut Racial Discipline Gap in Half

September 24, 2023 | NWI

Students of color continue to be disciplined at higher rates than their white peers for the same behaviors. A new study suggests targeted teacher supports could significantly shrink discipline gaps. About 5 percent of teachers accounted for nearly 35 percent of all discipline referrals. These teachers sent a student to the office for discipline on average once every four days, while their colleagues referred fewer than one student for discipline, on average, every other month.

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Training Marginalized Youth to Become Tomorrow’s Mental Health Care Providers

September 24, 2023 | NWI

This article describes a new pilot program that gives Los Angeles high schoolers from marginalized backgrounds a chance to explore careers in mental health.

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Mental Health and Schools: Best Practices to Support Our Students

July 23, 2023 | NWI

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) built upon effective, culturally and linguistically responsive interventions are the most promising strategy for achieving positive student behavioral health outcomes. This report highlights the current strengths and barriers related to promoting healthy outcomes for students living with mental health concerns, and provides actionable recommendations and strategies to ensure that all children and families have access to the services and supports they need in order to thrive.

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Evidence for Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

April 21, 2023 | NWI

A new report synthesizes evidence on the effectiveness of social and emotional learning. Meta-analyses cover students in every grade level (PreK–12) and have shown medium to large effect sizes on a wide range of outcomes. The report also considers the next steps for research in SEL.

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Winning Youth Essays on Mental Health

October 24, 2022 | NWI

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces 15 awardees for the 2022 Speaking Up about Mental Health! This Is My Story Essay Contest. The contest seeks to start conversations about mental health and encourage young people to access help for mental health issues. Read the winning essays now!

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Loneliness Damages Children’s Mental Health and Their Grades

April 4, 2022 | NWI

Children who feel lonely are more likely to leave school with worse grades than classmates who never experience loneliness. Even a temporary bout of loneliness at age 12 puts children at risk of worse qualifications when they leave school up to six years later, according to a new study.

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Practical Guide for Selecting Social-Emotional Learning Programs

November 14, 2021 | NWI

This updated and expanded guide to evidence-based SEL programs offers detailed information on 33 pre-K through elementary school programs, encompassing curricular content and program highlights. Practitioners from schools, early childhood education (ECE) providers and out-of-school time (OST) can use this resource to look “inside and across” programs to better understand program content and assess program fit with their district or community needs.

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Resources for Talking to Students About Racism and Police Killings

May 9, 2021 | NWI

To help educators think about how to discuss cases of racism, race-related violence, and police brutality and how to support Black students and other students of color who may be distraught by what they read and see in the media, Education Week has compiled some resources from its archives and elsewhere.

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As schools reopen, addressing COVID-19-related trauma and mental health issues will take more than mental health services

August 3, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This article recommends a comprehensive approach to addressing the mental health impacts of Covid-19 in children as they return to school, either in person or via distance learning.

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