"State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson has initiated the Team California for Healthy Kids (TCHK) to promote healthy eating and physical activity throughout the day, every day, in schools, before and after school agencies, early childhood programs, and communities. The campaign will focus on making healthy choices the easy choices.
Rigorous research confirms the clear connection between health, learning, and attendance:
Healthy children are: * more successful in school * miss fewer days of school * are more attentive and well-behaved, and * are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college.
Health disparities contribute to the achievement gap
Superintendent Torlakson has long been a champion for students’ health. He knows that healthy students not only excel academically, but also are more likely to be positively engaged in social, community and extra-curricular activities. The benefits of supporting student health are far reaching.
The goals for the first two years of the campaign are to: * Increase physical activity, especially moderate-to-vigorous physical activity throughout the day, every day, in schools and communities. * Increase access to water and fresh foods, particularly salad bars."
The Imani Village School Linked Services (SLS) program seeks to improve the overall academic success and well being of African Ancestry and other underserved students by reducing risk factors that lead to poor academic outcomes for students of color. The program will deliver coordinated and effective academic support, mental health and social services on school campuses and in communities to meet the needs of children and their families.
Program Goals: • Reduce school suspensions and expulsions • Increase academic achievement • Increase parent involvement and participation in child’s education • Increase social/emotional well-being of students and family members • Increase access to resources for families facing multiple significant risk factors Students Served Students in grades 6-12 may be referred based on the following concerns, but are not limited to: • Behavioral issues in the classroom • Repeated suspensions • Low academic performance • Concerns of emotional well-being • Repeated truancy
School Sites Served: • ACE Charter • Clyde L. Fischer • Lee Mathson • Renaissance @ Fischer • Renaissance @ Lee Mathson • Oak Grove High School • Bible Way Christian Center • Maranatha Christian Center
Referral Process: School Personnel, parents and community partners may contact Unity Care’s Welcome Center: (408) 971-9822 x 121. Interested individuals may complete this referral form.
Young people are immersed in technology in ways previous generations could not have imagined. Common Sense Media has compiled this list of resources for parents seeking advice and information about how to help their children explore smartly and stay safe.
"Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies, and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need. Nearly half of the food distributed is fresh produce. Second Harvest also plays a leading role in promoting federal nutrition programs and educating families on how to make healthier food choices." http://www.shfb.org
"The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 30 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behaviour, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships. Triple P is currently used in 25 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in all kinds of family structures."
Santa Clara County Health and Hospital Systems Department of Alcohol & Drug Services has summarized recent research on Marijuana use. Please click on the title above to access and download the full document. For more information, please contact the Children Family, & Community Services Division at (408) 272-6518 or visit http://www.voicesunited.net
"RAFT's mission is to help educators transform a child’s learning experience through hands on education to one that inspires the joy and discovery of learning. We are doing this today in the Bay Area with some 8,000 educators, who teach both inside and outside the classroom. RAFT’s products (Activity Kits & Idea Sheets), services (professional development and mentoring) and low-cost teaching supplies enrich and improve the education of over 600,000 young people each year." http://www.raftbayarea.org/
"Title IVE Training Collaborative is a partnership between West Valley College, EMQ Families First, and the Santa Clara Department of Social Services. Our mission is to provide high-quality responsive training to those who serve and care for vulnerable children and families in Santa Clara County, intentionally increasing the quality of care for children.
Program Objectives: * Offer Title IV-E Training resources to Santa Clara County state-licensed or approved child care institutions providing care to foster and adopted children, and current and prospective foster and adoptive parents.
* To build and strengthen state-licensed or approved child care institution’s capacity to serve Santa Clara County children and youth with emotional and behavioral needs.
* To provide collaborative trainings in a coordinated fashion with both child welfare staff and community based agencies working with our common clients. * To offer collaborative trainings that foster strength-based relationships with clients and the community.Eligible Participants
Title IV-E Collaborative training events are free for all who qualify.
Eligible participants include:
Staff of residential treatment facilities Foster and adoptive parents Prospective foster and adoptive parents County social workers County children’s mental health providers Staff of community based organizations that serve children and families College and university students in academic preparation to work with families and children in Santa Clara County
By Susan Jennings - Digital Media First via San Jose Mercury News: "Last week my husband stumbled on a Twitter account that shared “compliments” about local high school students. While many of the Tweets were harmless – “The juniors have the hottest guys” or “Kelly is the sweetest girl I know” – frequently, they veered into more explicit territory, commenting on students' sexual prowess and worse. Some posts were anonymous; others included Twitter handles or the students' full names.
Then we found another account, this one sharing anonymous “confessions” (many appear to be rumors) from area students. Most of the posts involve drug abuse and casual sex. Many include first and last names and/or the name of the school the “confession” originated from.
Few are fit to be reprinted here.
Reading through these was enough to make me want to ban both of my girls from the Internet and social media until they've graduated from college. After the local paper reported on the confessions account, I checked in with Google to see if this was just a local phenomenon. Unfortunately, it's not."...
"BANPAC is a regional collaborative of over 200 health-related organizations dedicated to empowering communities to make system and environmental change to support better nutrition, physical activity and increased access to healthy foods."
"...Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically during the first five years of life. During this critical period, a window of opportunity exists to help shape how a child’s brain matures and to lay the foundation for all of the years that follow. While the early period in children’s development is absolutely critical to their future success, it is also where public investments are lowest.
FIRST 5 provides all children ages 0-5 with programs and services that ensure children are born and remain healthy, receive more from their education, and become productive adults."
"School-Linked Services (SLS) offers on-site school-based services to heal and strengthen individuals, families and systems by addressing needs and risks faced by children, youth and families. SLS coordinates services provided by schools, public agencies and community-based organizations throughout Santa Clara County to improve results, enhance accessibility, and to support children’s success in school and in life." Main website: http://www.schoollinkedservices.org
"The Coordinated School Health (CSH) Program provides technical support to schools and district in the areas of student health and safety, including: California Healthy Kids Survey, Oral Health Assessment Reporting, HIV/STD Program, Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program Title IV Part A, and the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA). Additional services provided include professional development and training opportunities for teachers, staff, parents and students in areas relative to student health and wellness: suicide prevention and intervention, asset development, substance abuse and youth, and Coordinated School Health (CSH). This work is supported by a Coordinated School Health Collaborative which meets throughout the year."
"Using a high-tech optic scan camera the FocusFirst program conducts vision screenings among children ages 6 months to 5 years old in child care and preschool settings to detect vision problems and provide immediate follow-up care so that the children can access corrective services. In this fiscal year, FocusFirst intends on serving up to 6,000 children in a pilot program and 36,000 children the following year." To schedule vision screenings, contact FocusFirst@hkidsf.org, or 1.855.5FOCUSi (1-855-536-2874)
"The Alliance was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation as a response to the growing rate of childhood obesity. And just like our founders, our goal as an organization has always been to create systemic change, change that is not isolated to one home, or community, to one school, industry, or state. We want to create healthy changes that build upon one another and create a system, a nation, that makes the healthy choice the easy choice.
First, we set our sights on schools. It’s where kids spend most of their time outside the home so it seemed like a good place to start. We created our Healthy Schools Program in 2006 and launched in 231 schools in 13 states. The Healthy Schools Program has since grown to become the nation’s most extensive effort to prevent childhood obesity in schools now including more than 20,000 schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico." https://www.healthiergeneration.org/
"Join us for an interactive discussion about the meaning of success: What are the common beliefs about success we convey to kids in our overly scheduled and competitive society? What are the assumptions and misperceptions behind these beliefs? How can parents and educators help students design their own unique and authentic paths to success?"...
"In our expanded definition of family engagement, we at Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) acknowledge that children and youth learn anywhere, anytime, not just in classrooms during school hours. So, how can families, schools, and community organizations -- like afterschool programs, museums, and libraries, to name just a few -- join together to share responsibility for children's learning throughout days and over years? To explore this question, we invite you to participate in an upcoming web conference, How Families, Schools, and Communities Are Reshaping Family Engagement to Reach All Learners. This web conference is part of our year-long strand of work exploring the idea of family engagement in anywhere, anytime learning. It will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST).
Presenters will be:
- Margaret Caspe, senior consultant, Harvard Family Research Project
- Betsy Nikolchev, executive director, Family Engagement Institute (FEI)
- Carmen Ponce, director, FEI's Stretch to Kindergarten and Early Learning Programs.
Moderator: Christine Patton, senior research analyst, Harvard Family Research Project
Topics will include:
- An exploration of the three principles of the expanded definition of family engagement in the context of anywhere, anytime learning
- Examples of how the Family Engagement Institute's Stretch to Kindergarten Program puts these principles into action.
Before and after the event, you can join the conversation online using#HFRPinteract and by following @HFRP.
"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."
From The Respect Institute Website: "Our mission is to make respect the status quo. We give youth and their influencers the tools to redefine respect and build self-respect so they can break cycles of disrespect and thrive."
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"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 Website http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit