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Resources for Talking to Students About Racism and Police Killings

May 9, 2021 | Nicole Aue

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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Youth who understand mental illness more likely to ask for help later

May 28, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

A new study looked at how education on mental health and stigma impacts the likelihood of young people seeking help for mental illness.

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With Senior Year In Disarray, Teens And Young Adults Feel Lost. Here’s How To Help

April 20, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

Tips and guidance from child-serving mental health professionals on how to support young people dealing with grief and disappointment due to missing developmental milestones, such as prom and graduation, during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mental health experts race to help children cope with stay-at-home life amid coronavirus closures

April 10, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

How providers are responding to the difficulties posed by Coronavirus-related closures and adapting their interventions to new virtual platforms, and tackling the associated challenges

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Resource: Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Guidance from the Field

November 19, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A partnership of national school mental health leaders and organizations contributed to the development of a resource on school mental health systems. Intended to help guide local, state and national efforts to strengthen school mental health effort, the resource outlines the need for school-based mental health programs, describes the core features of a school mental health program, and details opportunities, challenges and recommended strategies for implementation.

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Tools to Measure Progress in Implementing Trauma-Informed Approach

October 17, 2019 | Emily Taylor

The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (CHDI) has published “Issue Brief 72: Are We Trauma-Informed? Tools to Measure Progress in a Program, School, or Organization,” which summarizes results of a research review they, along with the Yale School of Medicine, and the Medical University of South Carolina, did of 49 surveys evaluating trauma-informed approach. The reviewers identified four assessment tools as the most promising for evaluating an organization’s progress in implementing a trauma-informed approach.

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National School Mental Health Curriculum

October 3, 2019 | Emily Taylor

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office and the National Center for School Mental Health have developed a national school mental health curriculum. Designed to provide guidance and best practices for states, districts, and schools, the curriculum includes a trainer manual, participant manual, 8 training presentations designed for a series of one-hour, in-person sessions and 5 recorded virtual learning sessions.

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Research: Team-Based Activities Beneficial for Children’s Mental Health

August 28, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A recent study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence looked at the benefits of different kinds of extracurricular activities on the mental health of children in grades 4 and 7. The results indicate that team-based activities had more benefits than individual activities. The researchers attribute the difference to a stronger sense of peer belonging.

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Report: Success Plans – Promising Tools for Customizing Student Supports and Opportunities

April 25, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A report published this month by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Education Redesign Lab, focuses on Student Success Plans, a personalized tool for “capturing the full range of strengths and needs of children and youth in order to connect them with tailored, seamless, and equitable services and opportunities”. Along with the authors’ vision for Success Plans and recommendations for stakeholders, the report includes an overview of the emergence of personalized learning strategies and plans. There is also a companion toolkit for communities interested in creating and implementing Success Plans.

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