BackgroundEfforts to improve school climate, safety, and learning are inextricably linked. Students cannot learn if they do not feel safe, welcome, and supported. These efforts must be designed, funded, and implemented as a comprehensive schoolwide approach including:
- parent and community engagement;
- best practices on crisis prevention and training;
- adequate staffing levels; and
- a fully integrated, multitiered system of supports (e.g., school-based behavioral, mental health, and social services) for students.
Take ActionNAESP pushes for federal policy prescriptions to improve school-based mental health and school safety programs, including resources for principals and school personnel to improve access to mental health and to stop school violence before it happens.Visit NAESP’s Advocacy Action Center to see how you can support your students and school.
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SEL Leadership Cohort: Leadership and ForgivenessRead More
In this sixth and final session, Jamie Selfridge, principal of Caribou High School in Caribou, Maine, will discuss strategies to maintain professional relation…
NAESP Statement on the Introduction of Student Mental Health Services ActRead More
NAESP commends Reps. Abigail Spanberger and Brian Fitzpatrick for the introduction of the Connecting Students to Mental Health Services Act.
Assess Your School’s Safety PlanPrincipal, March/April 2023: Equity, Data, and Achievement, Volume 102, Issue 4Read More
Engage a variety of stakeholders in reviewing building security.
Train Staff to Recognize Trauma in AdolescentsPrincipal, March/April 2023: Equity, Data, and Achievement, Volume 102, Issue 4Read More
A trauma-informed approach starts with the four R’s.
SEL Leadership Cohort: Cultivating Healthy Relationships in the WorkplaceRead More
In this fifth session, discussion and activities focus on how to cultivate healthy relationships in the workplace. We will explore the value of “managing up,” …
Making Strides in Educator Mental Health SupportRead More
A bipartisan bill aims to increase access to mental health resources for education professionals—something NAESP and its members have been advocating for amid …
NAESP Statement Endorsing the Supporting the Mental Health of Educators and Staff ActRead More
We commend Rep. Suzanne Bonamici for taking the lead on the urgent challenge of addressing the mental health of school staff.
SEL Leadership Cohort: Understanding the Brain to Get to the Heart of SELRead More
In this fourth session, discussion and activities will focus on understanding the brain to get to the heart of SEL. We will explore how the brain functions in …
Webinar: The Three Things Educators Need from Their AdminRead More
A practical webinar focused on providing low-burden, high-impact strategies that help staff and students thrive with a focus on well-being, belonging, and empa…
Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity in SchoolsCommunicator, November 2022, Volume 46, Issue 3Read More
A mix-and-match approach to addressing growing cybersecurity challenges can help your school stay ahead of threats that might put student and family data and i…
Two Tracks Toward WellnessPrincipal, September/October 2022: Strong Start, Volume 102, Issue 1Read More
Address students’ and teachers’ mental health with a two-pronged strategy.