Why Use Baseline Data to Drive Decisions in K-12 Education?
Believe it or not, data wasn’t always a factor in decision-making in schools. A lot of decisions were made subjectively. Lacking efficient digital records, educators didn’t have the data needed to make objective decisions. Fortunately, teaching has evolved into a science based on facts.
School Counselors’ Impact on Suicide Prevention
In 2019 we saw the first decrease in suicide rates since 1998. That’s the good news. But you would probably not be surprised to learn that the story was different in 2020. While it’s too soon to get the data for suicide rates, the CDC reports hospitals saw a significant uptick in the number of children under 18 admitted for mental health emergencies in the past year. Suicide attempts have skyrocketed, more than double the numbers in 2019.Continue Reading
Creating a Culture of Caring: Suicide Prevention in Schools
Mental health awareness is on the rise in education, and with good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 19 — only accidents cause more. It’s prompted many education leaders to consider what role they can play in supporting students affected by mental health challenges.
Diagnosing the School Nurse Shortage
As schools across the country grapple with the myriad challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, school nurses and their role in stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus have found themselves in the spotlight. This scrutiny has also served to highlight a problem that long predated the pandemic: the school nurse shortage.Continue Reading
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How DC Public Schools Use Student Data to Support Mental Health
The question of how to support students’ mental health was top of mind before the pandemic. Now it’s more critical than ever. COVID-19 has been an ongoing traumatic event for many students. And as schools reopen virtually or in person, figuring out which students need support — and how to support them — is a growing challenge for schools.Continue Reading
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[Interview] What Should Schools Do Right Now to Care for Students’ Mental Health Needs?
2020 has been a hard year: schools and workplaces have sent people home, unemployment is skyrocketing, loved ones have died. As schools closed, students found themselves navigating a new way of learning from home. For some, it was okay. For others, difficult home situations, hunger, lack of access to technology, and social isolation made learning impossible or close to it.Continue Reading
What School Nurses Want You to Consider Before Re-Opening K-12 Schools During COVID-19
Robin Cogan is a school nurse in Camden, NJ and the author of the blog The Relentless School Nurse. In a recent episode of Frontline’s Field Trip podcast, Robin discussed questions school leaders would need to answer as they consider re-opening. Where do kids go when they don’t feel well, skin their knees, or have a sore throat while at school? To see the nurse, of course. But when schools begin to re-open this fall, school is going to be a much different place.Continue Reading
33 Questions Every School Should Answer as You Prepare to Reopen
The most common question right now in the education sector is: what will school look like next year? In my own district, I have answered that for six weeks with a simple response: I don’t know. In recent days that has started to shift as the added uncertainty was creating anxiety, frustration, and even animosity at times.Continue Reading