Educational leaders are seeking ways to reduce the use of exclusionary discipline practices like out-of-school suspensions (OSS) and expulsions. These practices are associated with negative academic and life outcomes, are ineffective at reducing misbehavior, and are disproportionately applied to students of color and special education students. Finding better approaches to discipline is part of a broader goal of improving school climate. School climate is a concept that includes the quality of teaching and learning, community relationships, and organizational features of a school environment. Preventing misbehavior would likely improve school climate more than changing the school’s response after misbehavior occurs.
Find out what strategies Amy Belser, principal of Bear River High School, used to achieve this goal and how...
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.
ACSA Member Assistance Advocates answer key questions on the role of a mandated reporter in schools.
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
In this brief, Hanover outlines how school districts and community organizations can partner to implement systems and programs that support students’ health and wellness.
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.
More than one in four students report having been bullied at school. And yet just 20–30 percent of bullied students notify adults.
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.
Preventing school violence and ensuring school safety have become dominant topics and part of an ongoing national conversation.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The rise of social justice movements in recent years have led public entities to carefully re-consider their policies, practices, and programs.
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.
The one factor that surfaced as the single most influential component of an effective school is the individual teachers within that school.
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
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?
Principals serve as lead culture builders who design school communities through effective forms of teacher leadership.
Examine how the nearly one million Black youth in California are faring from preschool through college.