Committee for Children (CFC), a global nonprofit working to advance the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning (SEL), releases new polling data that show overwhelming support for social-emotional learning among parents across the country.
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.
Strong majority of parents believe recent state laws banning books or making it illegal for teachers to talk about LGBTQ or racial issues are about politics, not what is in the best interest of children.
This latest issue brief from Penn State’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center looks at the ways in which policymakers are in a unique position to support social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools.
Video chronicling Jefferson County Public Schools’ districtwide commitment to CARE for Kids, a social and emotional learning program allowing students to experience membership in a safe and caring community of learners