San Mateo COE suit alleges social media platforms negatively impact student mental health

On March 13, 2023, the San Mateo County Board of Education and county superintendent filed suit against YouTube, Snap (formerly Snapchat) and TikTok in the federal district court for the Northern District, alleging that these social media companies designed their platforms and/or applications to intentionally […]

Best-selling author Tara Westover links extracurriculars to school engagement and student well-being at AEC

Why, after never having set foot in a public school, did Tara Westover leave the only life she’d ever known to work so hard to enroll at Brigham Young University? Because, she told the audience of the Third General Session in defense of extracurriculars, she […]

Student mental health is a significant priority for school board members

School board members consider student mental health one of the most pressing issue facing schools and youth today, according to a national survey of trustees released Jan. 25 by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) USA, a program administered by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. […]

New interactive report gives county-level detail on children’s well-being

The California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being delivers a current and comprehensive picture of children’s health, education and welfare in all of California’s 58 counties. This online tool created by Children Now provides county-level data mapping, tracking key indicators of child well-being across counties, over […]

Berkeley USD increases supports for African American students

Berkeley Unified School District recently ramped up work to understand and resolve the “uneven and unacceptable” outcomes of its Black students via its African American Success Framework (AASF), a three-year plan “to disrupt the equity gaps with a systematic process and approach of assessment, planning […]

CSBA webinar explores the basics of trauma-informed education

Trauma is a complex subject and the events or conditions that cause it or how it will manifest itself vary by individual.   During CSBA’s Feb. 21 webinar “Trauma-Informed Education: What governance teams need to know,” attendees learned about principles and strategies of equity-centered, trauma-informed education […]

New tools available to support community school development and sustainability

Comprehensive community schools are needed now more than ever, according to experts who spoke during a Jan. 12 webinar hosted by the Center for Universal Education to launch the Community Schools Forward Task Force’s essential community school resources. In light of the immediate and lingering […]

Sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes: What are schools’ responsibilities?

There is renewed attention on how quickly the health of athletes can change following the on-field collapse of NFL player Damar Hamlin on Jan. 2, when the Buffalo Bills safety suffered cardiac arrest during a game. In Hamlin’s case, those on the scene quickly sprung […]