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Mental Health

Find compassionate perspectives and evidence-based strategies to foster school environments that promote psychological well-being and support students experiencing behavioral, emotional, or social challenges.

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Supporting Grieving Students

It's important for educators to reach out to grieving students. Here's some guidance and resources to support this difficult task.

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Can Stress Help Students?

Stress might not always be the enemy. Research shows that positive stress can strengthen the immune system, enhance memory and learning, and improve decision-making skills.

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.

Creating an Emotionally Healthy Classroom Environment

Making students feel safe and earning their trust are critical elements for turning your classroom into an emotionally healthy environment.

Helping Students With Identity Secrets

Rick Curwin takes a compassionate look at students living with identity secrets, and proposes three steps toward creating a culture of acceptance.

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Creating an Emotionally Healthy Classroom Environment

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Hi, I'm Megan. I'm a Teacher and an Alcoholic.

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Trauma-Informed Practices Benefit All Students

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Hi, I'm Megan. I'm a Teacher and an Alcoholic.

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When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

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In Defense of School Counseling

Counseling is an integral part of school culture, according to Rutgers psychology professor Maurice Elias.

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Bullying: How Educators Can Make Schools Safer

Schools can reduce incidents by adopting a schoolwide anti-harassment policy with a social and emotional perspective.

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Boys and Body Image: Eating Disorders Don't Discriminate

Body-image troubles are gnawing away at boys, too. Just as the disorders frequently begin for girls at a young age, they also commonly strike boys as adolescents and teens.

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Students Applying to College Must Apply Themselves -- But Relax, Too

A dean of admissions gives reassuring advice.

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Suicide Prevention Can Start in School

Educators should use vigilance and screening programs to make sure at-risk students get the help they need.

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Families Respond to a School on a Mission

The commitment required to attend YES Prep demands familial support for its students.

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YES Prep: A Culture of Achievement
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YES Prep Cultivates a Culture of Achievement

A supportive and caring environment underpins a strict discipline program.

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Social and Emotional Curriculum: Sharing Your Gift

Filmmaker and blogger Randy Taran concludes her 7 Doors to Happiness series by examining ways that teachers and students can share their gifts.

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Social, Emotional, and Character Development: The Heart of Student Learning

Teachers, parents, and administrators should understand that a child's education includes tending to social, emotional, and character development.

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Child-Development Findings Are Ready for School

Schools can bridge the long-standing gulf between child psychology and classroom practice.

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Social and Emotional Curriculum: Obstacles to Happiness

In her Seven Doors to Happiness blog series, filmmaker Randy Taran opens Door Number Two and examines obstacles to happiness and means for coping with them.

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Keep Bullying on the Front Burner

Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler notes that bullying seems to become a front-burner issue only when it results in tragedy. He suggests three schoolwide initiatives to raise awareness about and ultimately prevent bullying.

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School Change: Make Room for "Wrongdoing"

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson suggests that, when moving back toward student-centered education, wrongdoing might actually be the right thing to do.

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Student Mental Health Support Without the Stigma
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Stealth Mental Health: Student Support Without the Stigma

In southern Oregon, community specialists get to know and counsel kids through school activities.

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