Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Mental Health

22

Sep

What’s the Best Way to Prepare for an Emergency — and How Can SEL Help?

Summary: This article touches on how schools prepare for crisis situations and how to build resilience to deal with trauma before, during, and after an emergency incident occurs.  The author contends that SEL and building relationships is an important step in the process.

Source:  Amelia Harper, Education Dive, September 18, 2017

Categories:  School Safety, School Culture/Climate, School Health, Mental Health, SEL Basics, Positive Relationships

4

Sep

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Cyberbullying Concerns Prompt Cell Phone Restrictions at Maine Middle School

Summary: This article reports on a decision to restrict the use of cellphones at Lewiston Middle School in Maine in the hopes of reducing cyberbullying.  The decision resulted from the deaths of two students and reports that cell phones were used to bully during school hours.

Source: Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, September 1, 2017

Categories: Anti-Bullying, Code of Conduct, Student Behavior, Mental Health

27

Jul

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Students Say They Don’t Know Where to Turn for Mental Health Services

Summary:  This article provides another take on the “Kind Communities – A Bridge to Youth Mental Wellness” research study that was released by the Born This Way Foundation, which was founded by Lady Gaga in 2012 to assist young people in achieving mental and emotional well-being.  This article focuses on providing access to mental health resources to students in need of services.

Source:  Pat Donachie, Education DIVE, July 27, 2017

Categories:  School Health, Mental Health, Emotional Intelligence, Student Achievement

27

Jul

Happy Students

Some Teens Don’t See School as a Kind Place. Here’s Why That Matters.

Summary:  This article reports on the results of student survey on school mental health conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group on behalf of the Born This Way Foundation, an organization founded by singer Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, to research and promote mental wellness among young people. 

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, July 27, 2017

Categories:  Mental Health, School Health, School Culture/Climate, SEL Basics

17

Jul

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Student Trauma Is Real. But Connection Can Heal.

Summary:  This article talks about the reality of traumatic experiences, known as “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs) and the negative impact that they can have on learning, health, and wellbeing.  The author suggests that a supportive environment based on social-emotional learning can help students reverse the negative effects of this trauma.

Source:  Gary G. Abud, Jr., Education Week, July 11, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Positive Relationships, Mental Health

17

Jul

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America Sees Alarming Spike in Middle School Suicide Rate

Summary:  This article comments on the rise of teen suicide across America and in New Jersey where particular efforts have been undertaken to reduce bullying and improve school culture and climate.  Despite these efforts, the suicide rate in New Jersey has continued to rise.  Middle schoolers seem to be at particular risk.

Source:  James M. O’Neill, Staff Writer, The Record, July 16, 2017

Categories:  Anti-bullying, School Culture/Climate, Mental Health, Student Engagement

13

Jul

Penn State Research Brief

Improving Social Emotional Skills in Childhood Enhances Long-Term Well-Being and Economic Outcomes

Summary: This report from Penn State University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation speaks to the economic benefits of improving social-emotional skills as well as overall well-being for both children and adults.

Source: Jones, D., Crowley, D., and Greenberg, M., Penn State University and RWJ Foundation, June 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Student Achievement, Mental Health

18

Jun

Happy Students

Happiness Before Homework: Focusing on Feelings in the Classroom

Summary:  This article talks about the importance SEL competencies for both students and teachers.  Prompted by a student suicide, the author embarked on  designing a high school course in positive psychology to help students focus on their own well-being. The author has also gone on to train other teachers to to be “emotionally intelligent.”

Source:  Ronan Habib, Education Week, June 7, 2017

Categories:  Emotional Intelligence, Mental Health, Mindfulness, SEL Teacher Training

7

Jun

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Cyberbullying Challenges Mental Health in Our Schools

Summary:  This article, by guest writer J.M. Myers, addresses the challenge that cyber-bullying puts on the mental health of a school and its students. Schools must address cyber-bullying even though it usually occurs outside of school.  In many ways, it is much more pernicious  than face-to-face interactions.

Source:  Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, Education Week, May 24, 2017

Categories:  Anti-Bullying, Mental Health, Codes of Conduct, Technology

7

Jun

Teaching Students to De-Stress Over Testing

Summary:  This article addresses the issue of anxiety in schools.  This contemporary problem affects school performance for students across most grade levels.  One of the methods used today to address this anxiety is mindfulness, which has found a place in many schools across the country.

Source:  Sarah Sparks, Education Week, May 24, 2017

Categories:  Mindfulness, Mental Health, Classroom Practice