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Educating and speaking with children about racism

Authors : Yunsoo Park

Our Student Behavior Blog team at SRI Education is deeply heartbroken and outraged by the racism, brutality, and hatred that plague Black children, families, and individuals, not only with regard to recent events, but with recognition that these are pervasive issues they face in every moment of their lives. Consistent with our mission statement, we continue to strive to think about how we can conduct research, use data, and develop tools in meaningful ways that will reduce barriers and promote equity for students across our nation who continue to experience these longstanding injustices.

Food access for families with school-aged children during COVID-19

Authors : Sarah Dec

On a typical day, schools provide low- or no-cost lunch to 29.7 million children. As the COVID -19 pandemic stretches on and the unemployment rate continues to skyrocket, many families are finding it increasingly challenging to provide meals for their children.  National food assistance programs, community food banks, and local school districts have quickly stepped in to help ensure kids have consistent access to nutritious meals during these uncertain times.  

Our latest blog post provides information about how families may secure food for their children, and how you, can support organizations assisting families in need.  

Maintaining wellness in crisis: Boosting children’s emotional health

Authors : Jennifer Nakamura , Maddie Cincebeaux

Measures taken to address the spread of COVID-19, from precautionary social distancing to shelter-in-place orders, have dramatically impacted children and their families. In addition to navigating their own stress during a period of uncertainty and change, parents are faced with addressing the questions and concerns of their children, many of whom are spending significant amounts … Continue reading Maintaining wellness in crisis: Boosting children’s emotional health

Thinking about working with researchers at your school? See what one of our closest school partners has to say

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Betsy Davies-Mercier

Jennifer Donahue is a program administrator at the San Francisco Unified School District’s Student, Family and Community Support Department and has been a close partner of SRI’s Behavior Research team for many years. We recently interviewed Jennifer on what her experience has been and being involved in a researcher-practitioner partnership has benefited her programs.

Questions to ask before implementing a school-wide program

Authors : Yunsoo Park

Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) typically include school-wide or universal support (tier 1), targeted interventions for at-risk students (tier 2), and individualized services for students with intensive needs (tier 3). Read our post for more information about multi-tiered frameworks. MTSS have been increasingly adopted across schools in the U.S. and show promising social-emotional, behavioral, and … Continue reading Questions to ask before implementing a school-wide program

How can we keep students safe at school?

Authors : Samantha Peyton , Kirby Chow

Acts of violence at school place pressure on educators and school leaders to better ensure the safety of their students. A comprehensive approach addresses school climate, student mental health programs, strategies to prevent violence, and physical security mechanisms. Our research has identified several promising practices to help keep students emotionally and physically safe at school.

Screen time can be good: 3 ways to support children’s social-emotional learning (SEL)

Authors : Claire Christensen

Given the ongoing debate about the value of screen time, many parents and educators are seeking research-supported best practices for using TV and videos to help support children’s learning and development. Look no further – we’ve summarized the research to give you 3 strategies for using videos to support SEL in children of any age

How can we incorporate mental health education into schools? Consider the 5 T’s.

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Jennifer Nakamura

Mental health is a critical part of students’ overall health and well-being. Students today face a range of demands that can impact their mental health. From meeting high academic expectations to navigating the world of social media to maintaining relationships with their peers, students often have busy schedules that result in a lack of sleep … Continue reading How can we incorporate mental health education into schools? Consider the 5 T’s.

Want to build an equitable classroom? Start with social-emotional learning (SEL)

Authors : Kerry Friedman , Elisa Garcia

We expect teachers to handle a lot: create engaging learning experiences, differentiate instruction based on student needs, manage behavior, motivate students to learn, and tackle persistent gaps and inequities. More and more, teachers are meeting this challenge by embracing social-emotional learning (SEL), which can support academic learning, teach and reinforce positive behavior, motivate students to … Continue reading Want to build an equitable classroom? Start with social-emotional learning (SEL)

When you really want to focus on social-emotional learning (SEL): Selecting a standalone SEL program

Authors : Jennifer Nakamura , Elisa Garcia

Standalone social-emotional learning (SEL) programs are helpful tools for teachers who want to build students’ social-emotional skills in the classroom setting. However, it can be challenging to select an appropriate, practical, and effective classroom-wide curriculum that will work for all students. We have simplified the process to help teachers and other practitioners make a well-informed decision.