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Educational LeadershipDecember 2017/January 2018Volume 75 | No. 4Mental Health in Schools
Who in Your Class Needs Help?Sandy MerzTo support students, today’s teachers need better training in mental health issues.
The Opioid Epidemic: 7 Things Educators Need to Know Justine W. Welsh, Nancy Rappaport, and Valeria TretyakHere’s how educators can help prevent and respond to substance use in their schools.
Hurting From the Inside Out: Understanding Self-InjuryJanis Whitlock and Penelope HaskingWhen educators understand more, they can help more.
Responding with Care to Students Facing TraumaKristin SouersEducators must recognize the ongoing life stresses facing many students.
When Teacher Self-Care Is Not EnoughJeffrey BensonSchools need better structures to support teachers working with students with mental illnesses.
Helping Anxious Students Move ForwardJessica MinahanStrategic accommodations can help students with anxiety develop persistence and independence.
Combatting Race-related Stress in the ClassroomPriya Sehgal, Julia Jeffries, and Nancy RappaportTo support students of color, educators must understand the impact of discrimination and racism on mental health.
The Bonds of Social-Emotional LearningNadja N. ReillyTo address conditions like depression, schools must foster emotional safety for students and teachers alike.
Supporting Families to Support StudentsJohn Kelly, Eric Rossen, and Katherine C. CowanCollaboration with parents can be built into schools’ mental health intervention systems.
Handling Kids in Crisis with CareCari BushinskiHow schools, law enforcement, and mental health providers can collaborate to support kids facing trauma.
Getting Real about Suicide Prevention in SchoolsTheodora SchiroEducators can recognize warning signs, fight the stigma, and save lives.
Getting the Buffalo Off Their ChestsConnie Titone, erin feldman, and Marie DeRosatoA teacher-research project tracks the benefits of mindfulness in the classroom.
Perspectives/On the Front Lines of Mental HealthNaomi Thiers
Research Matters/A “Special” Answer for Traumatized StudentsBryan GoodwinSchools may have a built-in way to help students suffering from trauma.
Show & Tell: A Video Column/Teachers as Early Warning Detectors Douglas Fisher and Nancy FreyTeen suicides are rising. Educators have a role in halting the trend.
The Techy Teacher/Alleviating Assignment AnxietyCatlin TuckerUse technology solutions to help stressed-out students.
Principal Connection/What Would a Visitor to Your School See?Thomas R. HoerrThe little things may be the most important.
Confronting Inequity/Unconscious Bias HurtsH. Richard Milner IVRacial slights can take a mental toll on students of color.
One to Grow On/The Iceberg Theory of TeachingCarol Ann TomlinsonEducators must look below the surface to understand students’ lives.
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Building a Community Model for Student Behavioral Health Melissa M. Pearrow and Andria Amador A joint effort between Boston Public Schools and community agencies provides wrap-around support.
Helping Students GrieveDonna Marie San AntonioWith the right training and support, educators can help students heal.
Video: Safe Classrooms for Anxious StudentsBehavior analyst Jessica Minahan explains simple shifts in practice that help teachers better support students with anxiety.
Inservice Guest BloggerTeacher Sandy Merz on a student’s struggle with depression.http://inservice.ascd.org
EL Study Guide: Helping Students ThriveExplore essential questions from this issue. www.ascd.org/el1217studyguide
Classroom management remains a central challenge—and opportunity—for educators. The September 2018 Educational Leadership examines specific and big-picture approaches to improving classroom management, including how to address both positive and problem behaviors, design conducive classroom spaces, and create supportive climates for learning.