School Support Staff

School support staff include a variety of staff members who provide specialized instructional support as well as support to students while they utilize school facilities.

School support staff play an important role in ensuring students are learning in a safe and supportive learning environment. They can foster positive, trusting relationships with students and improve school climate by encouraging parent and family involvement in education. Because students connect with school support staff on many occasions throughout the school day, support staff can model positive behavior and send positive messages to students.

 

Featured Resources

Logo of Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package

Offers school and district administrators and staff a framework and roadmap for adopting a trauma-sensitive approach school- or districtwide. The Training Package includes a variety of resources for educating school staff about trauma and trauma-sensitive practices and for providing school leaders with a step-by-step process for implementing a universal, trauma-informed approach using package materials. 

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Provides research-based, user friendly materials trainers can use for in-person training events on assessing, preventing and intervening Teenage Dating Abuse.

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Fostering School Connectedness: Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement (Information for Teachers and Other School Staff) cover page

Answers questions about school connectedness and identifies strategies teachers and school staff can use to foster connectedness among their students.

 

Cover image - Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students

Provides examples of policies and emerging practices that some schools are already using to support transgender students. It also includes common questions on topics such as school records, privacy, and terminology, and explains how some state and school district policies have answered these questions.

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Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for School Staff cover page

Offers practical suggestions and ways in which school staff, teachers, and administrators can support students in these uncertain economic times. Includes strategies to promote a sense of safety, calm, self-efficacy, individual and community efficacy, connectedness, and hope.

Adolescent Health Highlight: Access to Mental Health Care cover page

Describes barriers to treatment of adolescent mental health disorders; discusses the connection between insurance status and access to mental health treatment; and explains funding for adolescent mental health services.