Web Resources: March/April 2015
Mental Health Matters
With Stephen E. Brock, John Desrochers, Elizabeth Parker, and Robin Zorn
School counselors and psychologists map out an integrated system of support
- The National Association of School Psychologists offers a wide range of resources organized by topic areas such as depression, bullying, and parent involvement.
- Visit Principal magazine’s archives to access the special issue on Safe & Positive School Culture, which included articles on multitiered system of support, digital safety, and school security.
- The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools hosts a guide to federal education programs that can fund universal prevention and social and emotional learning activities.
Address Trauma With Calm, Consistent Care
By Pete Hall and Kristin Souers
Strategies to help educators avoid burnout while keeping students learning ready.
- ACEs Too High reports on research about adverse childhood experiences.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides trauma information and strategies for families, caregivers, and educators.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers information, bulletins, and resources to inform and support traumatized children, their families, and communities.
- The Twitter feed for the book project by Kristin Souers and Pete Hall contains links to articles and resources, informative posts, and motivational messages.
Grief Support Is on the Way
By David J. Schonfeld and Thomas Demaria
New resources to help your school overcome barriers to supporting grieving students.
- Visit the Coalition to Support Grieving Students website to download videos and grief support modules on a variety of topics.
- Read “Coping With Loss,” from the Principal archives. The article offers advice for schools in supporting students and families during difficult times.
When Students Act Out
By Tess Johnston, Kristy Snyder, and Christopher Wooleyhand
Six practices for supporting students with challenging behaviors
- Intervention Central offers a menu of teacher behavioral strategies.
- Find resources from Laura Riffel, also known as the Behavior Doctor.
- Learn about nonviolent crisis intervention training.
- The International Institute for Restorative Practices is a graduate school devoted to the teaching, research, and dissemination of restorative practices.
Smoothing the Transition to Kindergarten
By Anthony J. Sparano, Jr.
A Pennsylvania school district’s early childhood committee engages area preschools and day care providers to establish a foundation of learning for students before they enter kindergarten.
- Head Start’s National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning hosts resources to aid transition into kindergarten for students, schools, and families that includes articles, transition plan examples, and a transition activity calendar.
- Visit the Principal magazine archives to learn why “The Path to Lifelong Success Begins With P-3.” Author Kristie Kauerz argues that students’ early education experiences set the tone for future success.
- Read NAESP’s new early learning standards, Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice.
Making Rounds Work
By Lee Teitel
Instructional rounds engage teachers in prescribing school improvement solutions.
- Watch educators from Oakland Unified School District discuss instructional rounds on their Youtube channel.
- South Lane School District’s Instructional Rounds Project hosts sample instructional rounds agendas and facilitation guides.
- Visit the Principal magazine archives to access a helpful literacy walkthrough template for early learning classrooms.