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Barbara J. Dray, Debora B. Wisneski

In this article, the authors discuss the use of mindful reflection and communication as a method for developing culturally responsive practices in teachers who may not be familiar with the cultural backgrounds of some students. The topic is discussed in light of a movement within education and teacher education to reduce unnecessary special education referrals and the overrepresentation of minority students in special education programs. The authors discuss the meaning of diversity to teachers, bias in classroom interactions, and communication in the classroom. Other topics include the deficit thinking model and teacher assumptions about students regarding success or failure.

Source: Teaching Exceptional Children

Deborah Donahue-Keegan, Eleonora Villegas-Reimers, James M. Cressey

This article presents an integrated approach to social-emotional learning and culturally responsive teaching , a framework that has guided the advocacy and practical work of teacher educators (including the authors of this article) in Massachusetts. Hailing from a range of higher education programs across the state, this group has organized to advocate for systematic integration of culturally responsive SEL in all teacher preparation programs in Massachusetts.

Source: Teacher Education Quarterly

Drawing on recent syntheses of the emerging science of learning and development and its implications for school practice, this article examines the kinds of preparation teachers need to enact such practices. We synthesize research on how children learn and develop and research on how effective preparation programs support teachers in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with developing the whole child. This includes the “what” of teacher preparation – the content educators need to learn about children and their and learning – and the “how” of preparation – the strategies for educator learning that can produce deep understanding, critical skills and dispositions, and the capacity to reflect, learn, and continue to improve. Preparing educators to acquire and use these insights holds promise for generating the kinds of education that enable children ultimately to learn independently and thrive.

Source: Applied Developmental Science

National PTA released the findings of a national survey exploring parents’ mindsets as the 2022-2023 school year ends. This is the third survey exploring parent mindsets this school year and the sixth in a series of surveys commissioned by National PTA and supported by the CDC Foundation. The survey included more than 1,400 parents and guardians with children in grades K-12 in public schools. It was conducted from April 12-26, 2023 by Edge Research.

Many schools use exclusionary discipline—such as suspensions and expulsions—to deter students from misbehaving and to protect students from the harms associated with exposure to student misbehavior. Research indicates that, while often implemented with good intentions, exclusionary discipline increases (rather than deters) misbehavior and risks of dropout and juvenile and adult incarceration.

In response, schools have implemented restorative practices to inculcate conflict resolution skills and strengthen community bonds and responsive practices to resolve conflicts and repair relationships.

A school’s responsibility not to discriminate against students on the basis of race, color, or national origin applies to any program or activity of the recipient, directly or through contractual or other arrangements. Where appropriate, the Departments’ investigations under Titles IV and VI have included the entire course of the disciplinary process, from behavior management in the classroom or on the school bus, to referral to an administrator, to resolution of the discipline incident (including involvement of law enforcement).

Research has shown social and emotional learning (SEL) to be an integral force for students’ education and well-being with positive effects lasting into adulthood. The brief concludes with a look at the role business and policymakers must play in addressing equity gaps and expanding access to integrative SEL and career and workforce development models.

Public schooling has always been politically fraught, but current disagreements over issues related to race, sexuality, gender, and Covid-19 have reached a tipping point. According to a new report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education and RAND, half of school system leaders say that these disagreements are disrupting schooling.

Almost one in three district leaders also said their educators had received verbal or written threats about politically controversial topics since fall 2021, the report shows.

The findings come from surveys issued to 300 district and charter network leaders and interviews with superintendents. Their responses shed light on how political polarization has affected classrooms and how districts are responding.

There is a consensus among educators, parents, and policymakers that education should focus on supporting essential capacities to help children navigate the world successfully. This broad notion of educating the “whole child” generally includes at least the the abilities to: (1) develop healthy personal relationships, (2) treat others with respect and dignity, (3) develop the cognitive capacity to solve problems and think creatively, (4) succeed in postsecondary education and the labor market, and (5) be a contributing citizen in a democracy. To nurture these capacities, schools should be healthy, caring spaces that create a climate of support for equitable pathways for children to reach these goals while also creating a challenging and dynamic learning environment. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is critical for the development of these capacities.

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary & Trends Report: 2011–2021 provides the most recent surveillance data, as well as 10-year trends, on health behaviors and experiences among high school students in the United States (U.S.) related to adolescent health and well-being . These include sexual behaviors, substance use, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, experiences such as violence and poor mental health, social determinants of health such as unstable housing, and protective factors such as school connectedness and parental monitoring . We also highlight disparities in these important outcomes by sex, race and ethnicity, sexual identity, and sex of sexual contacts .

This report is developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) to highlight the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data collected every two years among
a nationally representative sample of U.S. high school students.

Inspirational video to prepare children for the world by educating the heart

Source: Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education