Principal March/April 2015: Mental Health and Well-being

Principals know that in order for students to learn, they have to consider the whole child. And a huge part of that consideration is students’ mental health and well-being. Whether it’s dealing with student grief, behavioral issues, or simply making schools safe and comfortable, principals can have a meaningful impact on their students’ wellness. This issue of Principal presents the latest thinking on, as well as practical strategies for, addressing student mental health. As always, a wide array of Web resources is available for readers to supplement these articles on principal leadership.
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Mental Health Matters School counselors and psychologists map out an integrated system of support.
Address Trauma With Calm, Consistent Care Pete Hall and Kristin Souers Strategies to help educators avoid burnout while keeping students learning-ready.
Grief Support Is on the Way David J. Schonfeld and Thomas Demaria New resources to help your school overcome barriers to supporting grieving students.
When Students Act Out Tess Johnston, Kristy Snyder, and Christopher Wooleyhand Six practices for supporting students with challenging behaviors.
Smoothing the Transition to Kindergarten Anthony J. Sparano, Jr. A Pennsylvania school district engages area preschools and day care providers to establish a foundation of learning for students before they enter kindergarten.
Making Rounds Work Lee Teitel Instructional rounds engage teachers in prescribing school improvement solutions.
From the Editor Support for All —Kaylen Tucker
Snapshots Modern classrooms, quick PD, schoolwide recognition
Best Practice Museum Visits Can Bolster School Curriculum —Karen McChesney Johnson
Parents & Schools Engaging Dads: A Win-Win Effort —Dina G. Wert
Practitioner’s Corner 3 Essentials to Motivate and Retain Veteran Teachers —Roger Vanderhye
Raising the Bar Fab Labs FAQs —Amy Torok Mendel and Tim Rice
The Reflective Principal A Call for a Kinder Kindergarten —Wendy Crawford
Speaking Up Vouchers: A Principal’s Take —Mark A. Kern
Principal’s Bookshelf Awaken the Learner: Finding the Source of Effective Education By Darrell Scott and Robert J. Marzano —Reviewed by Sylvia Zircher
It’s the Law LGBT Students —Perry A. Zirkel
Postscript Keeping Schools a Safe Haven —Gail Connelly

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