Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Upcoming Event: March for Our Lives on March 24

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

What are you doing Saturday, March 24, 2018? Students-organizers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are organizing a nationwide march called March For Our Lives – with the main march being held in Washington, D.C. – to demand lawmakers to take action in the fight for tighter gun control legislation. According to their website, “the […]

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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

How to address school tragedies with students

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Parkland, FL, children may feel the need to explore and express their feelings of concern and confusion. In partnership with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and former NASP president and co-author of its PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum Melissa Reeves, NPR provides five […]

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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Student Well-Being

According to ChildHelp.org, between four and seven children in the U.S. die every day because of child abuse and neglect, which makes for one of the worst rankings among industrialized nations. For children who do survive the abuse, the implications it can have on their future is unsettling. Key statistics include: Individuals who experience childhood […]

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Potential Legislation to Watch: Rosie’s Law

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Courses, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

All too often headline news covers families suing school districts after their children commit suicide to try to cope with bullying. This story from late 2017 highlights a family’s demands for better bullying prevention programs nationwide. Rosalie “Rosie” Avila was 13 years-old this past November when she hanged herself after months of alleged bullying at […]

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

The Importance of Concussion Training for PE Teachers

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Courses, Student Well-Being

With the effects of CTE on professional athletes continuing to make major headlines, it’s no surprise schools and sports leagues are increasing concussion safety training for coaches and volunteers. However, a new study conducted by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine suggests PE teachers are another audience in need of this safety training. […]

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Monday, January 29th, 2018

When Students are Bullied, Achievement Suffers

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Courses, Student Well-Being

It is well known bullying can lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, changes to sleep and eating patterns, alcohol and drug abuse, and deviant behavior – and these issues may persist into adulthood. However, much of the bullying research available today is conducted over short periods of time, and there isn’t […]

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Thursday, December 28th, 2017

School and Student Safety in the News

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

We scoured the headlines for topics you would find informative – here’s what we found “How active shooters are changing school security in the US,” CNN: According to a recent Government Accountability Office survey, two-thirds of schools in the U.S. conduct active-shooter exercises and nearly all of them have a plan if a shooter comes […]

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Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Supporting Homeless Youth

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses, Student Well-Being

According to a new study from the University of Chicago, approximately 4.2 million young people experience unaccompanied homelessness in the course of a year. While these students often hide their situations as best they can, the report reveals they often miss school or frequently switch schools, which results in lower graduation rates. NPR covered the […]

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Friday, December 1st, 2017

Safety Concern Highlight: Childhood Abuse

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses, Student Well-Being

Approximately 300 million children around the world between the ages of 2 and 4 years-old are subjected to physical punishment or verbal abuse from their parents or caregivers on a regular basis. This is just one of the many shocking statistics featured in UNICEF’s new report A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children […]

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Friday, October 6th, 2017

Preventing Bullying: A Month of Awareness

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Student Well-Being

Leading up to October, many education reporters, publications and blogs have focused on how common bullying and cyberbullying are in our schools (you can see statistics from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and the Cyberbullying Research Center here and here). But what are schools doing to prevent it? According to StopBullying.gov, all 50 states have […]

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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Are Your Students Doing the “Eraser Challenge?”

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Social Media, Student Well-Being

A game called the “Eraser Challenge” is making its way around schools, and it’s proving to be dangerous. It involves students rubbing an eraser on their hand or arm while completing a mundane task like reciting the A-B-C’s. Sounds innocent enough, right? However, the point of the challenge is to bear the friction until you […]

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

What’s your state’s stance on sunscreen?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Student Well-Being

Did you know the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers sunscreen an over-the-counter drug and therefore, so do almost all schools? Technically speaking, this means students cannot bring sunscreen to school without a doctor’s note and then must see the school nurse to use it. This sounds a bit unrealistic, right? Some states are […]

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The Cost of Bullying

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

A study published in the June issue of School Psychology Quarterly calculated the financial cost bullying has on school districts. The study, which is the “first to count the direct losses caused by bullying-related student absences” according to an article in The Sacramento Bee, found that bullying costs California school districts more than $276 million […]

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Crunching the Numbers on Restraint & Seclusion

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Restraint and seclusion have been controversial topics in the education industry for years. When used incorrectly, students can suffer long-term physical and mental side-effects. The federal government has made several attempts to draft legislation to specifically regulate the usage and reporting of these practices, but nothing has passed. To get a better sense of the […]

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Sexual Assault in Schools: New Data

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Crisis Response, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

The Associated Press (AP) recently finished a year-long investigation of state education records and federal crime data to better understand sexual assault by fellow students. The AP uncovered approximately 17,000 official reports of sexual assaults by students over a four-year period, from fall 2011 to spring 2015. The AP’s investigation is the most comprehensive compilation […]

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Monday, May 8th, 2017

Playground Safety: Keeping Students Safe at Recess

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Student Well-Being

Recess is an important part of young students’ days, but it does create an opportunity for students to get hurt if they are not careful. The Salt Lake City Tribune recently reported that according to a new study from the Utah Department of Health, about 5,100 elementary school students in the state were injured on […]

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Cyberbullying: Is it a technology issue or a behavioral issue?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Well-Being

Cybersecurity expert and advocate Reginald Corbitt recently authored an opinion piece in eSchool News to examine the root cause of cyberbullying. In his article, which you can read in its entirety here, he argues that many parents and educators alike believe curbing cyberbullying is as easy as limiting students’ access to technology. However, Corbitt references […]

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Is Bullying or Getting in School Fights Worth a Felony?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

The Washington Post reported that effective January 1, 2017 the Missouri law, which previously defined harassment in six different ways, will now broadly define harassment as any act that “causes emotional distress.” The law also elevates harassment from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. “Let me be clear, the consequences of poor choices and bad […]

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Friday, January 27th, 2017

Student Discipline and Violence Gets Media Attention

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

How schools manage student behavior and address acts of student violence continue to get extensive media coverage. We want to help you stay updated on what’s being discussed so we compiled a list of recent articles we suggest reading. “Detentions, suspension and expulsion do not curb violent behavior” The Hechinger Report. Authored by Lehigh University […]

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Friday, January 27th, 2017

Teen Dating Violence

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

With Valentine’s Day approaching, many students may be preoccupied by the romance of the holiday, but there is a darker side of teen romance faculty and staff should be prepared to recognize: teen dating violence. According to LoveIsRespect.org, teen dating violence is all too common. Their website states the following harrowing statistics: Nearly 1.5 million […]

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