Identifies communities of practice as a means to sustain positive results after successfully implementing a strategy for improving learning conditions. Describes how communities of practice function and why they are successful, and, provides real life examples.
Presents evidence and logic for school climate’s positive correlation with academic achievement. Examines evidence for and describes characteristics of the school climate variables of “Safety”, “Support, Care, and Connections”, “Challenge and Engagement”, and “Social Emotional Competency”.
Describes guides, briefs, tools, and websites that support improvements in school climate. Includes guidance for programmatic intervention, measures, school climate (engagement, environment, and safety), and special populations.
Describes three practice support tools that highlight research evidence on the experience of boys and young men of color, specifically, and youth of color in general. These tools include:
Ensuring the Well-being of Boys and Young Men of Color: Factors that Promote Success and Protect Against Substance Use and Misuse.
Presents a new approach to increasing student engagement and building relationships between students and staff. This video contains insights for how to reduce feelings of isolation in a rural school setting in an effort to minimize the likelihood of another school shooting.
Offers culturally sensitive information to Native American youth on human trafficking, ways to protect themselves and their friends, staying safe online, and fighting trafficking in the community. The toolkit describes where trafficking happens, and why it is hard to leave, and offers social media resources for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.
Provides a new, free online course designed to inform those who deliver teen pregnancy prevention programming. The course will help professionals understand key terms related to gender and sexual identity, the challenges that LGBTQ youth face and the importance of including them in prevention messages about teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and key strategies for creating safe spaces and classrooms for LGBTQ youth.
Incorporates years of research and prototype development and a variety of examples from trailblazing efforts at local, district, regional, and state levels. The prototypes and examples can be adopted/adapted to design and plan ways to transform the role schools play in addressing barriers to learning and teaching and re-engaging disconnected students.