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    Survey reveals evidence of a “Trump effect” on bullying in schools.

    Hechinger Report. (Sept. 2018) More

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    Students are Like Icebergs: Their Attitudes Are Deep!

    By Michael E. Bernard, Ph.D. Attitudes are especially important to a young person’s wellbeing. The iceberg model above illustrates the powerful influence that attitudes have on how young people, think, feel, and behave. Much of my work with young people has focused on helping young people to become aware of and re-structure their negative attitudes into positive ones –this does a lot to help eliminate or reduce in frequency and intensity their emotional and behavioral difficulties as well as promote highest levels of wellbeing. Negative Attitudes are main contributors to the following five social-emotional difficulties of young people: feeling worried, feeling down, feeling angry, procrastination (feeling demotivated), and not paying attention. You know how important self-talk is to student wellbeing […]

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    State’s Support of Social Emotional Learning Assessment: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

    By Heather Hirsch, member of our National Practitioner Advisory Group Schools and districts across the country are looking to implement evidence-based SEL, and more of them are turning to state education agencies (states) for technical assistance. At the same time, states are beginning to develop social emotional learning (SEL) competencies, standards, or learning goals (see An Examination of Frameworks for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Reflected in State K-12 Learning Standards). As states work to support more school and district teams, states are also struggling to help school and district teams understand the appropriate uses of SEL assessment. State agencies can support these efforts in a number of ways. Last week 25 state teams, plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., gathered […]

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    Partnering with Students to Understand SEL Data: Student Data Summits

    By Nathan Noble, 11th Grade Student at Wooster High School/Student Advisory Council member and Dr. Laura Davidson, Director of Research and Evaluation, Washoe County School District (WCSD)   Since 2009, WCSD’s Office of Accountability has hosted Annual Data Summits where the Board of Trustees, educators, parents, and community members come together for a day of facilitated conversations around district performance data and initiatives. These days provide a forum to examine data patterns on a wide range of topics, from college and career readiness, disproportionality in disciplinary referrals, and patterns in student self-reported social and emotional competencies collected as part of WCSD’s Annual Student Climate Survey. In 2014, a focus group with high school students (Davidson et al., 2017) revealed a […]

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    Rhode Island

    R.I. advocacy organization promotes statewide anti-bullying initiative. (Dec. 2016) Learn more.

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    The Atlantic

    How one rural school district involves student voice in combating bullying. (Jan. 2017) Learn more.

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    Forbes Magazine

    How parents can protect their children from bullying on the Internet. (Jan. 2017) Learn more.

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    U.S. News & World Report

    How does chronic bullying affect a child’s confidence? (Jan. 2017) Learn more.

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    ABC 17 (Central Missouri)

    Anti-bullying policy enforcement: Experts say school climate plays crucial role. (Feb. 2017) Learn more.

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    UPI (Mayo Clinic)

    Bullying in childhood linked to chronic disease risk in adults. (March 2017) Learn more.