Keeping students and staff safe is a priority that’s been at the forefront of everyone’s minds lately. From preventing tragedy like school shootings or suicides to responding to medical and personal emergencies, exhibitors at the National Conference on Education in San Antonio this year are showcasing products and services to bring ease to school districts. […]
EAB, a research firm in education, used the AASA national conference to release its 2023 Voice of the Superintendent report, which highlights findings from a survey of 198 school district superintendents across 37 states. The survey focused on the state of mental wellness among students. Eighty-one percent of superintendents stated student behavioral concerns are worse […]
[Video] Jill Gildea on Some Tools for Schools in the Quest for Better Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Among Students (3:59)
Park City, Utah’s superintendent, Jill Gildea, discusses the importance of mental health and what parents can do if they suspect their child is struggling with mental health issues. She addressed the topic at AASA’s 2022 National Conference on Education in Nashville, Tenn. (Video produced by Logan Reid)
Utah School District Illustrates How Outside Partnerships Can Attend to Students’ Mental Wellness Needs
“I’ve shared that probably the biggest ah-ha moment that I learned from the pandemic was really how many families we have that solely rely on the schools for mental health services,” explained Tobin Novasio, superintendent of the Lockwood School District in Lockwood, Mont., Saturday morning at the AASA National Conference on Education in Nashville. Novasio […]
Mental Health Services Make Big Showing in AASA Exhibit Hall, Promoting Their Wares for Students, Staff
Working through the negative voice in your head after being bullied. Reconnecting with friends after a suicide attempt. Working through LGBTQ+ issues as a teen. These are just some of the storylines explored in the animated web series “My Life is Worth Living,” a free resource offered by the Cook Center for Human Connection. The […]
Harvard educator Susan Cole discusses the serious issue of student trauma and the primary characteristics of what she calls “trauma-sensitive schools” in a 2½-minute video produced at the AASA national conference in San Diego, where she was a presenter on Feb. 13. Cole is the project director for the trauma and learning policy initiative, a joint collaboration between the Harvard Law School and the Massachusetts Advocates for Children. For more information, visit aasa.org.
Schools are increasingly invested in not just their student’s academic scores, but their overall mental health. New resources, strategies, and organizations are emerging to assist these schools in their mission to better the lives of the community around them. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the issue in perspective. In some […]
Lynette Saucedo, a student support specialist in Torrington, Wyo., discussed the challenge of providing mental health services in a rural school setting.