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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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  • Creating Safe Environments for Students Recovering From Trauma

    An excerpt from the new book ‘The School of Hope’ looks at how educators can help students who have experienced trauma.
    Cathleen Beachboard
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  • Understanding and Supporting Your Student With ODD

    The behaviors associated with oppositional defiant disorder can be challenging in the classroom, but there are strategies to help build relationships and make way for learning.
  • How to Safely Manage a Student in Crisis

    A trauma-sensitive, proactive plan for safely managing disruptive behavior includes knowing when to call for support and how to help a student de-escalate.
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  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
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  • Weight Bias Hurts Kids, and We’re Not Talking About It

    A growing body of evidence suggests that weight-based discrimination begins as early as 3 years old, and then persists. What can we do to stop it?
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  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
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    When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

    Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
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  • Helping Students Reacclimate to Being With Others All Day

    Many students are still a little overwhelmed at being around their peers, though they’re also excited. Some simple strategies can help them adjust to being back in school.
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    A De-escalation Exercise for Upset Students

    A simple technique that takes just a few minutes can help an agitated student regain the state of mind needed for learning.
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  • Trauma is ‘Written Into Our Bodies’—but Educators Can Help

    Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, on the impact of multigenerational adversity, SEL in the classroom, and the transformational powers of meditation.
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    Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being

    The pandemic has revealed—and exacerbated—inequities that hold many students back. Here’s how teachers can help.
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  • Using Art to Help Students Find Their Calm

    Simple art activities can help elementary and middle school students express how they’re feeling, which is particularly useful in stressful times.
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  • 60-Second Strategy: Snowball Toss

    A quick, fun classroom activity fosters open dialogue while releasing pent-up energy.
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    The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
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  • How to Maslow Before Bloom, All Day Long

    Morning meetings are a good place to start, but what you really need is a toolkit of strategies to meet your students’ social and emotional needs all day long.
    9.4k

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