School Climate and Culture

  • Changing school culture: Successful strategies from a high school principal

    Changing school culture: Successful strategies from a high school principal

    Find out what strategies Amy Belser, principal of Bear River High School, used to achieve this goal and how she inspired other educational leaders to implement them at their schools.

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  • Promote a positive school climate and reduce the need for student disciplinary referrals

    Promote a positive school climate and reduce the need for student disciplinary referrals

    Educational leaders are seeking ways to reduce the use of exclusionary discipline practices like out-of-school suspensions (OSS) and expulsions.

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  • Mandated reporters have important duties

    Mandated reporters have important duties

    ACSA Member Assistance Advocates answer key questions on the role of a mandated reporter in schools.

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  • Social Emotional Learning Toolkit

    Social Emotional Learning Toolkit

    Educators can use this toolkit as a resource for understanding different approaches to support SEL, and planning for and implementing school and district wide SEL initiatives

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  • Establishing Partnerships to Support Student Wellness

    Establishing Partnerships to Support Student Wellness

    In this brief, Hanover outlines how school districts and community organizations can partner to implement systems and programs that support students’ health and wellness.

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  • Best Practices for School Mental Health Screenings

    Best Practices for School Mental Health Screenings

    In this research brief, Hanover Research provides an overview of best practices in administering universal mental health screenings in schools and identifies recommended mental health screenings.

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  • How to prevent bullying in the classroom: 4 proactive tips for teachers

    How to prevent bullying in the classroom: 4 proactive tips for teachers

    More than one in four students report having been bullied at school. And yet just 20–30 percent of bullied students notify adults.

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  • District uses Prop. 56 funds to combat student vaping

    District uses Prop. 56 funds to combat student vaping

    In an effort to address this new epidemic, the Las Virgenes USD has been aggressive in its efforts to educate students, parents and staff, while enforcing rules and regulations on vaping.

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  • School Safety and New Guidance on Addressing School Violence

    School Safety and New Guidance on Addressing School Violence

    Preventing school violence and ensuring school safety have become dominant topics and part of an ongoing national conversation.

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  • 9th Circuit Shoots Down Challenge to Law Prohibiting Concealed-Carry Permit Holders

    9th Circuit Shoots Down Challenge to Law Prohibiting Concealed-Carry Permit Holders

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to a 2015 change to California's Gun-Free School Zone Act, but maintained the same exemption for retired peace officers.

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  • From Growth Mindset to Sense of Belonging

    From Growth Mindset to Sense of Belonging

    In this guide, you’ll learn how district and school leaders in California and beyond are measuring and improving students' SEL skills to improve academic outcomes.

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  • Suicide on campus: How schools are dealing with the crisis

    Suicide on campus: How schools are dealing with the crisis

    The newest student suicide cluster is no doubt sending administrators statewide into a thoughtful review process of their mental health student services and crisis intervention teams.

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  • Parent-Child Border Separations: Supports to Invoke Humanitarianism

    Parent-Child Border Separations: Supports to Invoke Humanitarianism

    An estimated 2,000 undocumented immigrant children have been separated from their families along the southwest United States border and placed in facilities that have been described as “cages."

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  • Episode 3: Developing Law on Social Media Accounts of Government Officials

    Episode 3: Developing Law on Social Media Accounts of Government Officials

    Last year, the United States Supreme Court identified social media as “perhaps the most powerful mechanism available” today to make a person’s voice heard.

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  • Episode 2: Inclusivity Matters

    Episode 2: Inclusivity Matters

    The rise of social justice movements in recent years have led public entities to carefully re-consider their policies, practices, and programs.

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  • First Amendment Issues Impacting Schools: Walk-outs, social media and kneeling

    First Amendment Issues Impacting Schools: Walk-outs, social media and kneeling

    Schools are tasked with making decisions impacting student and staff First Amendment rights every year, often around issues and types of speech that the courts have yet to consider.

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  • The number one factor in student success? Relationships with teachers

    The number one factor in student success? Relationships with teachers

    The one factor that surfaced as the single most influential component of an effective school is the individual teachers within that school.

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  • The FBI and Secret Service's new guidance on school violence and active shooters

    The FBI and Secret Service's new guidance on school violence and active shooters

    The organizations have released two important documents that offer insight into pre-attack behavior of shooters and advice to help prevent targeted school violence through the use of threat assessment

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  • Steep Road to Resource Equity in California Education

    Steep Road to Resource Equity in California Education

    California’s LCFF promised more resources to English learners, foster youth, and low-income students. How well is California’s education funding system delivering on that promise?

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  • Principals: Build school culture through teacher leadership

    Principals: Build school culture through teacher leadership

    Principals serve as lead culture builders who design school communities through effective forms of teacher leadership.

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