Category Archives: social-emotional

New task force begins difficult work of reforming school policing

2 Jul
Kids together
The first of three hearings of California’s new Task Force on Safe Schools on June 30 sought to answer three main questions: Is there a place for police on school campuses? If so, what should their role be in promoting student safety? And if not, what strategies can districts implement to ensure students feel safe on campuses? Following two hours of input from legislators and tough questions and testimony from police and researchers from UCLA, WestEd and the Learning Policy...

Focus on outreach, health and data can help schools limit COVID-19 impacts

17 Apr
Education leaders and researchers alike have identified troubling projected outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread school closures: the large number of children who may “fall through the cracks” without their usual support systems and those students whose educational deficits may grow. Schools, however, can limit these adverse impacts on students’ well-being and academic progress by emphasizing family connections, promoting physical and behavioral health, and leveraging existing data to target and tailor supports. That message was conveyed by speakers across...

Celebrating the impact of music in California schools

13 Mar
For more than 30 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music in Our Schools Month, a time of year to raise awareness of music education and the value it adds to student learning. A growing body of research shows the benefits of music — and other arts — education to overall student achievement in schools. For example, a 2012 study by the College Board found that, of the students...

Brief outlines severe impacts of immigration enforcement on students and schools

3 Mar
school safety
Current U.S. immigration enforcement policies have thrust many students “into the center of an excruciatingly difficult situation” and severely impacted schools’ efforts to offer an equitable education to all students, according to a new brief from Harvard University’s Immigration Initiative. “Under Siege: The Disturbing Impact of Immigration Enforcement on the Nation’s Schools” concludes that immigration enforcement is presenting major challenges for students, teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and communities. The brief reviewed representative nationwide survey results from more than 3,600 educators...

Improving social-emotional learning across the spectrum

5 Nov
Kids together
The Partnership for Children & Youth, a nonprofit education advocacy organization, launched the Expanded Learning 360°/365 initiative in 2015 to create a platform for school districts and their expanded learning networks — after-school and summer programs — to work together to improve students’ social-emotional learning. Numerous studies show a link between a focus on social-emotional learning and improved academic success for students. Through the 360°/365 initiative, seven districts across California — Los Angeles Unified School District, Oakland USD, Sacramento City...