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New Survey of Superintendents Focuses on the State of Mental Health Among Youth

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: Susan Cole on the impact of trauma on student learning (2:33)

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

Experts: Keep Students in Focus When Addressing Safety, Mental Health Issues

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 […]