This series seeks to amplify efforts to better support the wellness of students and school staff during this challenging comeback year.
Many schools opted out of a controversial social-emotional assessment. Now NYC is ditching the tool.
Teachers and parents raised concerns about the DESSA, a social-emotional learning tool that schools began using last year.
When Mrs. D first told me she wanted to meet with my daughter, I was filled with wrongheaded ideas about what a school social worker does.
Cada vez más niños están en duelo por la pérdida de uno de sus padres, pero pocos programas de apoyo existen.
While some educators and parents have been skeptical of the virtual setup, many have since been won over.
The education department’s spending per pupil has increased by 46%, in large part due to the billions in federal COVID aid the district received as enrollment has dipped.
The number of children under 18 who killed someone with a firearm jumped from 836 in 2019 to 1,150 in 2020.
The growing crisis has been clear for years to Tina Puccio, who runs the member assistance program at the United Federation of Teachers, which provides short-term counseling to educators.
Cherry Creek schools is funding a pilot program with nonprofit Judi’s House to create the curriculum.
“The temperature has come down a little bit. But even if the outbursts aren’t quite as big as they were last year, they’re still there.”
Telehealth, suicide prevention, social media guardrails: NYC shares sweeping youth mental health plan
The needs are high as data shows worsening mental health among young people, including more students reporting thoughts of suicide.
Self-love and inner peace: What these Detroit teens say is needed to tackle Michigan’s youth mental health crisis
Writers from youth group Local Circles who surveyed their peers share some sobering stories and messages of hope.
A new report from Gov. J.B Pritzker’s Children’s Behavioral Transformation Initiative makes 12 recommendations for how the state can support families and children in need of mental health services.
With the majority of the school year now over, school districts haven’t been able to apply for the grant money due to a lengthy bureaucratic process.
The bill currently awaiting a hearing in the state assembly would grant school psychologists licenses to offer a limited range of education-related services outside school.
“America’s teen girls are engulfed in a growing wave of sadness, violence, and trauma,” one expert said.
Sharayne Douglas works as a therapist with the Pace Center for Girls, a non-profit that provides academic support, counseling, and other services to girls who are struggling and who have experienced trauma.
President Joe Biden called on lawmakers to enact new limitations on how tech industry giants can collect data from and advertise to kids, among other education measures.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams vows to launch ‘biggest student mental health program in the country.’ Details are scarce.
Adams promised a telehealth program for all New York City high school students struggling with mental health. But officials offered few details on how it will work.
Schools are uniquely positioned to identify and support grieving children, but families and school staff say the system isn’t equipped to serve them.
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposals showed a deeper commitment to addressing how the pandemic impacted students both academically and mentally.
The ratio of students to counselors has reached its lowest point in 36 years, spurred both by new counselors and a nationwide decline in enrollment.
Advocates say they will push for solutions to issues that have become more pressing during the pandemic, including funding, hiring challenges, and student mental health.
These stories will take you inside the world of an exhausted social worker, a student working to come out of her shell, and a mother trying to help her son catch up.
COVID restrictions are mostly gone, but apathy and anxiety have taken their place.
Republicans, who will soon have control of the House of Representatives but not the Senate, may not be willing to pay for more mental health services.
School social worker Mary Difino wears many hats to meet persistent behavioral concerns and support students’ needs as Chicago recovers from COVID-related disruptions.
We tackle topics like consent, gender, and self-advocacy. The goal: To destigmatize difficult conversations.
School counselors say they see a spike in anxiety and depression, but there’s hope in less stigma in schools around seeking help.
Several big school districts had fewer psychologists or counselors this fall than they did before the pandemic.
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