Social–emotional and behavioral challenges

Selecting the Right Interventions to Support Students’ Mental Health Needs

Authors : Editorial Team

This handout covers questions to consider when choosing school-based interventions Assess current needs Examine current efforts and resources Select interventions that fit your needs & context https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/appalachia/events/materials/04-8-20-Handout1_selecting-right-interventions-to-support-students-mental-health-needs.pdf

Common Trauma Symptoms in Students and Helpful Strategies for Educators

Authors : Editorial Team

Trauma can have a detrimental impact on students’ functioning in the school setting.1 Educators need tools to identify and support students who may have experienced or are currently experiencing traumatic stress. The front of this handout lists common trauma symptoms grouped into the following categories: physical, cognitive, social and emotional, language and communication, and learning. … Continue reading Common Trauma Symptoms in Students and Helpful Strategies for Educators

Virtual Summit Resources: How to Support Students and Educators Dealing with Trauma

Authors : Editorial Team

In August 2021, the Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia (REL AP) at SRI Education and the Cross-State Collaborative to Support Schools in the Opioid Crisis hosted a 2-day Virtual Summit: How to Support Students and Educators Dealing with Trauma. This summit was for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who support preK-12 educators and students experiencing trauma. Resources compiled for the summit are available online at this website: https://traumasupportforschools.org/.

What a long, strange trip it’s been

Authors : Editorial Team

Going back to the classroom this year will be tough. That’s why we’re focusing on bringing you resources to help with recovery from all sorts of trauma.

Reflecting on a year of distance learning as teachers plan for school reopening

Authors : Maddie Cincebeaux , Kirby Chow

After over a full year of school closures, several teachers and school administrators are busy preparing for the long-awaited return to in-person classes this fall. But while worries of student learning-loss, momentum, and social-emotional well-being remain at the forefront of parent and school administrators’ concerns, the significant impact that this past year had on teachers cannot be overlooked.

NCSMH Newsletter

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

This is not “one more newsletter.” The National Center for School Mental Health listserv newsletters  include timely information on upcoming conferences, events, and webinars, grants and research opportunities, news reports and resources, policy updates, and issues in the popular media related to school mental health. The newsletter comes out every other month, with occasional bonus announcements … Continue reading NCSMH Newsletter

Classroom Well-being Information and Strategies for Educators (WISE)

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network, in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has developed a FREE self-guided online course, video library + resource collection, and a website focused on educator mental health literacy. The 3-part training package, Classroom WISE (Well-Being Information … Continue reading Classroom Well-being Information and Strategies for Educators (WISE)

Social-Emotional Learning Program Study: Tools for Getting Along

Authors : Jennifer Nakamura , Carl Sumi , Michelle Woodbridge

After a turbulent 2020-2021 school year, it is more important than ever that educators have feasible and effective options to support students’ foundational social-emotional skills. Prior studies have found that students who participate in social-emotional learning (SEL) programs improve their behavioral and academic functioning and reduce their challenging behaviors.1 When selecting an SEL program, educators … Continue reading Social-Emotional Learning Program Study: Tools for Getting Along

How early childhood education providers can use COVID-19 relief funds to establish lasting mental health supports for staff and children

Authors : Kirby Chow , Jennifer Nakamura , Todd Grindal

Did you know? The recent influx of federal COVID-19 relief funds provides an opportunity to fund early childhood educational mental health supports and services!
State agency leaders and early childhood educators can use infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) to meet children’s social and emotional needs during and beyond the pandemic.

Toolkit for talking about racism and police violence with students

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

What strategies can educators use to facilitate safe and meaningful discussions on race, racial (in)justice and racism? This toolkit from Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) offers specific strategies, as well as tips for managing student responses, in order to create a safe environment for difficult conversations. https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/spring-2015/toolkit-for-talking-about-racism-and-police-violence-with-students