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Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning // casel.org

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning // casel.org | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. Our mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning an integral part of education from preschool through high school. Through research, practice and policy, CASEL collaborates to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society."


http://www.casel.org


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Suicide Prevention Awareness // Know the Signs // SuicideIsPreventable.org

Suicide Prevention Awareness // Know the Signs // SuicideIsPreventable.org | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources. You can be a part of this campaign and other statewide suicide prevention efforts by joining theYour Voice Counts online forum at www.yourvoicecounts.org


This campaign is funded through counties by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) (Prop. 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities."... 


For main page, click on title, image above, or here: http://www.suicideispreventable.org/


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Groundspark // Respect for All Project Institute Training // Oakland, CA Nov. 8-9

Groundspark // Respect for All Project Institute Training // Oakland, CA Nov. 8-9 | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"For the first time ever, GroundSpark is hosting a Bay Area two-day Respect for All Project Institute on November 8 – 9, 2014 to provide professional development in creating inclusive, safe schools and communities for young people of all identities and cultures.

Join us for this rare opportunity for a low-cost, in-depth training program–providing tools, curriculum, personal growth and action planning opportunities for professionals working with students in grades K – 12.


Register: Please fill out this online form.

Visit our website to learn more about attending a Respect for All Project Institute, and read more about what happened at a previous RFAP Institute ."


For more information, click on title above or here: 
http://groundspark.org/rfap-institute-training-nov-8  

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The Youth Voice Project

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The Youth Voice Project presents results of a large scale study that helps youth define what works in preventing peer mistreatment at school.

 

For main website, click title above or here: http://www.youthvoiceproject.com/

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Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence // http://ei.yale.edu

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence // http://ei.yale.edu | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. The Center conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence."

 http://ei.yale.edu/

 

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Teachable Moments // Welcoming Schools

Teachable Moments // Welcoming Schools | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"Teachable moments are opportunities to move one step closer to creating welcoming schools for all children and families.  Imagine scenarios like these: 

  • A student walks by your classroom and says, “That’s so gay!” to her friends.
  • You overhear one student say to another, “How can he be your"...


For full post, click on title above or here: 
http://www.welcomingschools.org/pages/teachable-moments/ 
 

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Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services // SAMHSA

Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services // SAMHSA | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it
Assists behavioral health professionals in understanding the impact and consequences for those who experience trauma. Discusses patient assessment, treatment planning strategies that support recovery, and building a trauma-informed care workforce.


For main website, click on title above or here: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-57-Trauma-Informed-Care-in-Behavioral-Health-Services/Most-Popular/SMA14-4816?sortBy=4 

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Distinguishing Bullying from Other Hurtful Behaviors // Cyberbullying Research Center

Distinguishing Bullying from Other Hurtful Behaviors // Cyberbullying Research Center | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

(Selected quote from full post here: 
http://cyberbullying.us/distinguishing-bullying/) 

..."Many kids say or do mean things to others, but the vast majority of them do not bully. Calling all harmful behaviors bullying discounts the experiences of those who are bullied. As Emily Bazelon (author of Sticks and Stones) has argued, “…when every bad thing that happens to children gets called bullying, we end up with misleading narratives that obscure other distinct forms of harm.” Under most definitions, bullying is much worse than simply being mistreated, pushed, or generally made fun of. To be sure, the difference might simply be in the frequency with which one is targeted. Being pushed in a one-time altercation with a former friend might not be bullying, whereas being pushed by this same person several times over several days, weeks, or months is. Frequency does matter. For example, we were contacted a while back by an adult who recalled his experience of being bullied from over a half century earlier. He wasn’t physically harmed at all, but the names he was incessantly called created psychological scars that never fully healed. Without a doubt, being targeted over and over again, even with relatively mild forms of mistreatment, eventually takes a toll.


Likewise, calling all harmful behaviors bullying may also diminish the seriousness of incidents that are much worse than the term conveys. For example, if a student is attacked on the playground in a one-time incident, this is not bullying. Even if the student is physically beaten so severely that she ends up in the hospital for a week, it’s still not bullying. It is an assault, and should be identified and treated as such. If the assault is linked to other behaviors previously or subsequently perpetrated by the aggressor toward the target, then perhaps it is accurate to define the trajectory of events as bullying. In isolation, a one-time act–no matter how serious–is not bullying."...


For full post, click on title above or here: 
http://cyberbullying.us/distinguishing-bullying/ 

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School Climate Measurement // Safe Supporting Learning

School Climate Measurement // Safe Supporting Learning | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"School climate measurement involves a comprehensive assessment of student engagement, school safety, and the learning environment.

The measurement of school climate provides educators with the necessary data to identify school needs, set goals, and track progress toward improvement."

 

For main webpage with resources, click on title above or here: 

http://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/topic-research/school-climate-measurement

 

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Here are some more measurement tools you might use to assess your school's climate.  

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Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying // Institute of Medicine

Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying // Institute of Medicine | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"On April 9–10, 2014, the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council held a 2-day workshop titled Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying and Its Impact on Youth Across the Lifecourse. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together representatives of key sectors involved in bullying prevention to identify the conceptual models and interventions that have proved effective in decreasing bullying, to examine models that could increase protective factors and mitigate the negative effects of bullying, and to explore the appropriate roles of different groups in preventing bullying.


At the workshop, more than 20 presenters reviewed research on bullying prevention and intervention efforts, as well as efforts in related areas of research and practice, implemented in a range of contexts and settings, including:


For full post, click on title above or here: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Children/ReducingBullying/2014-APR-01/workshop-in-brief.aspx 

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Learning by Heart: Social and Emotional Learning in Secondary Schools

Learning by Heart: Social and Emotional Learning in Secondary Schools | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it
What would it take to weave social and emotional learning (SEL) into the daily fabric of our nation’s high schools? This new WKCD collection includes five case studies of a diverse collection of American high schools where SEL is core, research and commentary, student voices, and educator resources.

 

For main page, click on title above or here: 
http://www.howyouthlearn.org/SEL_.html

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Roxana Marachi, PhD's curator insight, March 15, 3:39 PM

This is an excellent resource to hear students' experiences about social and emotional support in their schools.  Highly recommend exploring this site and the related videos as great examples of how we can bridge research to practice in support of youth development. 

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National School Climate Center // schoolclimate.org

National School Climate Center // schoolclimate.org | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"NSCC is an organization that helps schools integrate crucial social and emotional learning with academic instruction. In doing so, we enhance student performance, prevent drop outs, reduce physical violence, bullying, and develop healthy and positively engaged adults.


For more than a decade NSCC has worked together with the entire academic community—teacher, staff, school-based mental health professionals, students and parents—to improve a climate for learning.


We help translate research into practice by establishing meaningful and relevant guidelines, programs and services that support a model for whole school improvement with a focus on school climate."


For main website, click on title or image above or here: http://schoolclimate.org/ 

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BullyBust - Promoting a Community of Upstanders

BullyBust - Promoting a Community of Upstanders | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

About BullyBustPromoting a Community of Upstanders is nationwide bully prevention awareness effort launched by NSCC in 2009. BullyBust is designed to help students and adults become “upstanders”—people who stand up to bullying and become part of the solution to end harmful harassment, teasing, and violence in our nation's schools. BullyBust promotes valuable free supports to help schools-in-need put an end to bullying with targeted school-wide and classroom-based efforts. This site includes research-based resources for students, parents, and educators for addressing bullying incidences effectively and creating a culture of upstanders inside and out of school."


About NSCC "The National School Climate Center (NSCC) is an organization that helps schools integrate crucial social, emotional and civic learning with academic instruction to enhance student performance, prevent drop outs, reduce violence, and develop healthy and positively engaged adults."


For main site, click on title or image above or here: http://www.schoolclimate.org/bullybust/ 

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Helping everyone in your building stand up to bullying can be difficult. Here's a program to help. 

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Standing Up, Not Standing By: Cyberbullying Toolkit // Common Sense Media

Standing Up, Not Standing By: Cyberbullying Toolkit // Common Sense Media | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"Every day, you see how cyberbullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school's culture. So how should you handle it? What are the right things to do and say? What can you do today that will help your students avoid this pitfall of our digital world?
We created this free toolkit to help you take on those questions and take an effective stand against cyberbullying. So start here. Use it now. Rely on it to start your year off right." Common Sense Media


http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit

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Safe School Ambassadors Program (SSA) // Community Matters

Safe School Ambassadors Program (SSA) // Community Matters | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"The key to having safer schools - as well as increasing attendance, achievement and graduation rates - is by adopting and implementing an Inside-out Approach, one that focuses on:
* Strengthening the relationships among the youth and adults
* Viewing students as resources and contributors
* Utilizing restorative justice practices and policies
* Changing the social norms that allow bullying to occur."...
 

http://community-matters.org/

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Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Toolbox // All Things Considered NPR

Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Toolbox // All Things Considered NPR | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

Eric Westervelt, NPR
"This story is part of the 
"Men In America" series on All Things Considered.

Is America's dominant "man up" ethos a hypermasculine cultural construct, a tenet rooted in biological gender difference or something in between?


Educator Ashanti Branch doesn't much care or, more accurately, doesn't have time to care.


He's too busy trying to make a difference in boys' lives.

Boys in American public schools are suspended from and drop out of school at higher rates than girls. Black and Latino boys are suspended the most. Boys make up half of the student population in American public schools. But among those who are suspended multiple times and expelled, 75 percent are boys.


Branch, now an assistant principal at Montera Middle School in Oakland, Calif., is working to change that. When he first became a teacher about a decade ago at a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, Branch soon realized he had a problem with the boys: Nearly half of all black and Latino boys were failing his math class, and almost half were failing all their classes.


"That was not OK for me," he says. "I was not willing to sit back and watch that happen."


So in 2004, at San Lorenzo High School on the east side of San Francisco Bay, he founded the Ever Forward Club for boys.

"When I started it I told these young men, 'I'm gonna bribe you. I'm gonna buy you lunch once a week and you're basically gonna teach me how to be a better teacher.' "


He came to school early and stayed late. And he always tried to have something in his room for kids to snack on. He created a safe place where boys can talk with him and each other, play, hang out and do their homework without fear of being seen as weak or uncool. This year Branch started a new boys Ever Forward Club at Montera Middle School in Oakland.


A Bigger Tool Box

Branch tries to foster emotional maturity through conversation, play and community. The big goal is to help give boys a bigger emotional tool box to better handle the challenges of school and life now and into the future.


"The pain that they're holding on to that they don't really have a space to [let] go, the anger, the sadness — all those things. How can I help them tap into that in ways that they can let it go and not walk around angry all the time? I told one young man the other day: 'You walk around with a tool box full of hammers. You hammer everything. All you needed was a little screwdriver.' "...


For full post, click on title above or here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/06/25/325464770/giving-boys-a-bigger-emotional-tool-box 


Click here to view EverForward IndieGoGo Video

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UCSF HEARTS Program: Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools // UCSF

UCSF HEARTS Program: Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools // UCSF | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"The UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS) project is a comprehensive, multilevel school-based prevention and intervention program for children who have experienced trauma. The goal of UCSF HEARTS is to create school environments that are more trauma-sensitive and supportive of the needs of traumatized children. A main objective of this project is to work collaboratively with SFUSD to promote school success by decreasing trauma-related difficulties and increasing healthy functioning in students within the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) who have experienced complex trauma. Trauma-sensitive school environments will likely benefit not only traumatized children, but also those who are affected by these children, including child peers and school personnel."

For main website, click on title above or here: http://coe.ucsf.edu/coe/spotlight/ucsf_hearts.html

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SAMSHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

SAMSHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 200 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. We connect members of the public to intervention developers so they can learn how to implement these approaches in their communities. NREPP is not an exhaustive list of interventions, and inclusion in the registry does not constitute an endorsement."

 

http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/

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TEDxHampshireCollege // Jay Smooth // How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race

"Jay Smooth is host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY, and is an acclaimed commentator on politics and culture." 

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School Violence: Echoes From the Digital Playground // Bureau of Justice Assistance, USDOJ

To download report, click on title above or here: 

https://www.bja.gov/Publications/Drakonats-School_Violence.pdf

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Facebook's Bullying Prevention Hub

Facebook's Bullying Prevention Hub | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

"Facebook has partnered with Drs. Marc Brackett and Robin Stern from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to provide resources and tools for dealing with bullying behavior and its consequences."


For the main page to access the tools and resources for students, parents, and teachers, check out http://www.facebook.com/safety/bullying or click on title above. 



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Gun Violence and Mass Shootings: Myths, Facts, and Solutions // Washington Post

By Dr. Dewey Cornell  

"After every horrific shooting, it is human nature to search for clues that might explain what happened, and how to keep it from happening again. Unfortunately, every case offers a few promising leads that seem to be contradicted by the next case. In the 1990s we had city shootings that generated concern about the stress of “urban war zones,” followed by rural school shootings attributed to the pressures on boys raised in small towns. The 1999 shooting at suburban Columbine High School convinced many people that the underlying problem was bullying.


Last year, Adam Lanza’s attack of Sandy Hook Elementary School aroused concern about school safety, and inspired calls to place armed guards in elementary schools. Santa Barbara shooter Elliott Rodger was interviewed by law enforcement officers who mistakenly concluded that he was not dangerous, prompting nationwide calls for better police training.

 

If we have learned anything, it should be that there is no simple solution to the problem of mass shootings and that we should be wary of quick-fix ideas. It is time to step back and look more objectively at the larger patterns and trends:

 

 1. Yes, gun violence is ubiquitous in the United States.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 81,300 nonfatal injuries and 31,672 deaths every year involving guns. That works out to about 308 shootings and 86 deaths every day. The cases we hear about in the news are highly selective and not representative"...

 

For full post, click on title above or here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/06/11/gun-violence-and-mass-shootings-myths-facts-and-solutions/

 

 

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StopBullying.gov // (Spanish & English)

StopBullying.gov // (Spanish & English) | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it
El acoso escolar puede ocurrirle a cualquiera, en cualquier lugar. Obtenga la información que necesita para ayudar a detener el acoso en la escuela, en línea y en la comunidad. Visite StopBullying.gov para obtener más información.


http://espanol.stopbullying.gov/ 


and in English: 

http://www.stopbullying.gov 

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From 'At-Risk' to 'At-Promise': Supporting Teens to Overcome Adversity: Dr. Victor Rios at TEDxUCSB

"Professor Rios' 2011 book, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU Press), analyzes how juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban youth."

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Best Practices Registry // Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Best Practices Registry // Suicide Prevention Resource Center | Safe Schools & Communities Resources | Scoop.it

 "The purpose of the Best Practices Registry (BPR) is to identify, review, and disseminate information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The BPR is a collaborative project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). It is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)." 
 

http://www.sprc.org/bpr

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