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In the January 29 Edition:
Youth Voice Alexandria (January 29)
OJJDP Mentoring Workshop (January 30)
College Financial Aid Workshop (January
School Facilities Work Group (February
Healthcare Career Fair (February 10)
Bullying Prevention Programs (February
Parent Leadership Training Institute
Fundraiser (March 1)
National Conference on Health and
Domestic Violence (March 19-21)
35th Annual Salute to Women
Awards (March 26)
Restorative Justice – Guiding Principles
for Communities and Organizations (April 27)
SCAN’s 3rd Annual Croquet Day
Scholarship Program Urges 7th
Graders to Take Massive Open Online Courses
White House Student Film Festival
DC Water Summer Internship Program
DreamUP! Career Exploration Program
Virginia Forum on Tobacco Use Call for
National Arts and Humanities Youth
Out of the Box Prize
Parents Empowered Educational Support
AMA Foundation Minority Scholars Award
Program Invites Applications
Generous U Competition
Allies in Prevention Awards
Salute to Women Award Call for
Society of Pediatric Psychology
Accepting Applications for Diversity Research Grants
American Academy of Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry Accepting Application for Pilot Research Awards
‘Shark Tank’ Competition for Innovative
Enhancing Life Project Seeking Letters
of Intent for Scholarly Projects
SAPCA January Newsletter
DCHS Office of Youth Services Listing of Grant Opportunities
Research & Resources
ACPS Sees Historic Rise in AP Exam
ACPS Adds 22 More Courses to Its
School Board Approves Honor Code for All
Google Commits to Pledge on Student-Data
Condoleezza Rice Tapped to Lead K-12
Advocacy Group Founded by Jeb Bush
Bill to End A-F Accountability Before It
Begins Advances in Virginia
10 Tips for Setting Successful Goals with
Back to School: Exploring Promising
Practices for Re-engaging Young People in Secondary Education
Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood’s
Early-Childhood Education in the U.S.:
Chronic Absenteeism Challenges D. C.
Public Schools’ Preschool Program
Not Enrolled in Preschool: A
Hispanic Preschool Participation Varies
New Measures Help Build Relationships between
Families and Early Care and Education Providers
Day-Care Providers to Partner with Head
Doctors Enlisted to Deliver
Bus Brings Computers to Kids After
Shaking the Money Tree: Sources for
Afterschool Programs for Low-Income
Children Endangered by Proposed Senate Bill
Majority of Public School Students Now
Does the ’30 Million-Word Gap’ Have Gap
States’ Efforts to Close Achievement Gap
Examined in New Report
Schools Help Close Racial Gaps in Arts
YouTube Series Turn Classic Literature
into Modern Video Blogs
Teacher Licensing Program for Veterans
Owning Pets Has Pros and Cons for
Many Former Foster Youth Unaware of New
Health Care Benefits
Helping Youth and Families Get
Affordable Care Act Health Coverage
Young Family Caregivers Face Many
Struggles, Get Little Support
Girls with Same-Sex Partners More Likely
to Report Relationship Abuse
Cyber-Bullying Happens Less Often than
Bullying and Suicidal Ideation and
Behaviors: A Meta-Analysis
Broader Picture of International
Education Progress Unveiled in Study
Maryland Grooms Assistant Principals to
Take Schools’ Top Jobs
Workshops & Webinars
Mediation: Preparing for a Difficult
Conversation – Part 1 (On-Demand)
Voice Alexandria (January 29)
Youth Voice Alexandria is an initiative
of the City of Alexandria designed to help youth and young adults succeed by
improving the mental health, child welfare, education and juvenile justice
systems. The next meeting is from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room A104 at T.C. Williams
High School (3330 King Street). For more information or to RSVP, contact Jeremy Long (703.470.0506).
Mentoring Workshop (January 30)
A live stream will be available for the
Program Practices in Mentoring Programs Serving At-Risk Youth” at the 2015
National Mentoring Summit. The workshop will highlight research, programs, and
practices conducted under the Mentoring Best Practices Research initiative of
the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
Financial Aid Workshop (January 31)
The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria is
hosting a FAFSA Completion
in the Rotunda Room, T.C. Williams Main Campus (3330 King Street) to help
seniors and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid professionals will be available to provide free,
confidential assistance. The application takes less than 30 minutes; drop by
anytime between 9 a.m. and Noon to enjoy free snacks while completing the application.
Facilities Work Group (February 3)
The City of Alexandria and ACPS are
jointly developing a Long Range
Educational Facilities Plan to improve facilities planning, accommodate the
growing student population, and enhance educational programs and services. The
next meeting is February 3 at 6 p.m. at the ACPS Central Office (1340 Braddock
Place, 3rd Floor, Room 310-3A). The public is invited to all
meetings of the work group and is encouraged to stay informed regarding
upcoming meetings through the City of
Contact ACPS Facilities Planner and GIS Specialist Laurel Hammig (703.619.8298)
for additional information.
Career Fair (February 10)
The event is from 12-1:30 p.m. at
Stratford University (7777 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 5th Floor,
Jefferson Room) and is open to the general public. The deadline for registration is February 8.
Prevention Programs (February 19)
The 60-minute audio offers insight
into the federal and private funders who are the backbone of the effort to
reduce instances of bullying as well as the techniques and resources needed to
make an impact.
Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) Fundraiser (March 1)
The highlight of the annual PLTI
fundraiser will be the 20th anniversary production of Bessie’s Blues, featuring Helen Hayes
Award winner Bernardine Mitchell as Bessie Smith. The fundraiser sponsored by
Abaca Imports and MetroStage will feature a dinner buffet and silent auction at
5:30 p.m. The performance will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $85 per person
for the dinner and show. Contact Fay Slotnik (703.409.6872)
for tickets or information regarding ads or sponsorships.
Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (March 19-21)
Futures Without Violence will host the conference in Washington,
D.C. Topics will include sexual assault on college campuses, the social
determinants of health, and sex trafficking of youth. Sessions will also
include presentations addressing children’s exposure to violence and the Defending
Annual Salute to Women Awards (March 26)
The Alexandria Commission for Women
celebrates outstanding women, men, and youth who have made a significant impact
on women and girls in Alexandria. In addition to recognizing community leaders,
this year’s event will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the
Alexandria Sexual Assault Center. The awards ceremony and cocktail reception
will begin at 6 p.m. at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Madison
Auditorium (600 Dulany Street).
Justice – Guiding Principles for Communities and Organizations (April 27)
The philosophy of restorative justice in
an invitation to look beyond a punitive view of justice and discipline and
focus on the needs of everyone involved, emphasizing direct accountability,
reparation, prevention, dialogue and, in some cases, renewed relationship. The workshop at the Hilton
Crystal City (2399 Jefferson Davis Highway) is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3rd Annual Croquet Day (May 30)
The event will take place from Noon
until 4 p.m. at Hensley Park (4200 Eisenhower Avenue), featuring croquet with practice
green (no experience required); food, beer and soda; and games and activities
for the entire family.
Program Urges 7th Graders to Take Massive Open Online Courses
Seventh grade students who take an
online course designed for advanced high school and college-level students now
can improve their chances of getting a scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke
Foundation, which receives about 1,000 applications each year for 65 spots in
its Young Scholars Program. Designed for high-performing, low-income students,
the precollege scholarship provides students beginning in the 8th
grade with individualized academic advising, financial support, and access to
academic and extracurricular activities. It has the potential to fund students
through college with up to $40,000 a year as a last-dollar scholarship to cover
expenses such as a musical instrument, computer, study abroad experience, or to
pay college tuition. To generate more interest and awareness of the program,
the foundation has partnered with edX for the Middle School
By participating in one of five specified edX massive open online courses (or
MOOCs) this winter, applicants can secure a spot as one of 500 semifinalists in
House Student Film Festival
The theme of the second-annual White House Student Film Festival is “The Impact
of Giving Back”. The event is open to K-12 U.S. students to allow young people
to share their voices, stories, and creativity on a national stage through
original short films clocking in at three minutes or less. The deadline for
submissions is February 2.
Water Summer Internship Program
Students who are currently enrolled
full-time at an accredited college or university, have completed the first
semester of their sophomore year, and have at least a 2.75 grade point average
are eligible to apply for a 40-hour per week internship with the
District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. The program will run from May
27 – August 7. Applications must be received by March 31.
Career Exploration Program
The program sponsored by
the Office Depot Foundation enables middle school students to evaluate their
career interests and future career goals. Winning students will each spend one
day shadowing a mentor in the field of his/ her chosen dream career. U.S.
residents who are full-time students of a public or private middle school in
the 50 U.S. states and District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico) are
eligible to apply. Applications must be received by February 5.
Forum on Tobacco Use Call for Posters
A special Student Poster Award
competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Posters will be
reviewed to ensure they address a topic related to etiology and /or prevention
of tobacco use. There will be two awards of $200 each. For additional
information, contact Dr. Randy Koch (804.828.8633).
Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
The awards sponsored by
the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities recognize excellence
in afterschool and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for underserved
children and youth. These programs offer high-quality and intensive instruction
on weekends, afternoons, and summer vacations. Twelve winners will receive a
$10,000 award and an invitation to accept their award at a White House
ceremony. Programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts
organizations, schools and universities, arts centers, community service
organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to apply. Eligible
programs must have been in operation for a minimum of five years. The
application deadline is February 2.
of the Box Prize
Created by the University of Kansas, the
exemplary approaches to promoting community health and development in
communities worldwide. A community group’s work may involve activities to
improve community health, education, urban or rural development; to address
poverty or the environment, or promote social justice. The grand prize is
$5,000; the second place winner will receive $3,000. The deadline for
applications is April 30.
Empowered Educational Support Group
The weekly parent support group
sponsored by the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center offers an
opportunity for parents to share daily parenting frustrations and triumphs in a
supportive environment as well as learn new strategies from each other to deal
with these challenges. No registration
is required for the drop-in program; a light dinner and childcare services are
provided. For more information, call the FACE Center at 703.824.6865.
Foundation Minority Scholars Award Program Invites Applications
The AMA Foundation, the philanthropic
arm of the American Medical Association, is committed to increasing the number
of minority physicians to better reflect the needs of an increasingly diverse
society. The Minority Scholars Award program offers approximately eight to
thirteen medical student tuition assistance scholarships of $10,000. Eligible
students must be from traditionally underrepresented groups in the medical
profession, including African American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian,
Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino. In partnership with the Association of
Black Cardiologists, the foundation also offers a $5,000 scholarship to a
first- or second-year African-American medical student with an expressed
interest in cardiology. The deadline for applications is March 6.
The objective of the national contest is to increase
philanthropy and philanthropic values on college campuses in the United States.
Student groups are invited to demonstrate a successful effort to engage a
substantial number of their peers in charitable giving; increase philanthropic
awareness and a culture of giving on their campuses; nurture the lifelong habit
of charitable giving among their peers; and/or develop a philanthropic program
model that can be replicated on other campuses. The competition will consider
an organized activity intended to encourage charitable giving by students.
Application materials are due March 13.
in Prevention Awards
The Ally in Prevention Award recognizes
individuals in Northern Virginia who have gone above and beyond in their
efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect. One individual will be recognized
from Alexandria, Arlington, Loudoun, Fairfax/Falls Church, and Prince William.
Award winners will be announced in March 2015 at the Allies in Prevention
Awards Luncheon. The deadline for nominations is February 9.
to Women Award Call for Nominations
The Commission for Women celebrates
outstanding women, men and youth who have made a significant impact on women
and girls in Alexandria at its annual ceremony. Nominations must be submitted no later than February 20.
of Pediatric Psychology Accepting Applications for Diversity Research Grants
The annual program highlights the
importance of diversity in pediatric psychology research and clinical care. Grants of $5,000 will
be awarded to society members to conduct pediatric psychology research that
features diversity-related variables such as race/ethnicity, gender, culture,
sexual orientation, language differences, socioeconomic status, and/or
religiosity. Other aspects of diversity may be considered. Applicants must be a
member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology in good standing, and may be
students, fellows or early career faculty. Proposals must be submitted by
Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Accepting Application for Pilot
The annual program provides up to
nine grants of $15,000 each to general psychiatry residents who have an
interest in beginning a career in child and adolescent mental health research.
The program supports young investigators conducting pilot research programs in
order to encourage future careers in child and adolescent psychiatry research.
The award also includes the cost of attending the annual meeting in New York
City for five days. Applicants must either be a member of the academy or have a
membership application pending. The deadline for applications is March 16.
Tank’ Competition for Innovative Epilepsy Products
The Epilepsy Foundation has announced
its fourth annual epilepsy “Shark Tank” competition
for innovative ideas in epilepsy and seizure treatment and care. Examples of
novel ideas include a seizure-detection system with the capacity to provide
early warnings to the patient or family; a treatment that stops a seizure from
progressing; a system that helps patients manage their daily treatment; a
device that prevents physical injury that patients may experience when in
seizure; or an entirely new product concept with the promise to dramatically
improve the lives of people with epilepsy. Selected finalists will receive
international recognition and compete for grants totaling $200,000. Letters of
Intent are due February 16.
Life Project Seeking Letters of Intent for Scholarly Projects
A collaboration between the University
of Chicago and Ruhr University Bochum aims to explore the widely unexamined
dimension of human aspiration and social life. The project supports
relevant scholarly research projects in the areas of religious thought,
theology, and philosophy; philosophy of biology, science, and technology;
social sciences; and communications and media studies. The initiative will
support the research projects of fifteen advanced career scholars with awards
of $100,000 each and the projects of twenty early career scholars with awards
of $50,000 each. Letters of Intent are due no later than February 1. To be
eligible, scholars must have a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and be affiliated
with an accredited college of university (or another major public or private
The Department of Community
and Human Services will be hosting Youth Mental Health First Aid courses in the
coming months. Learn more in the January edition
of Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria.
DCHS Office of Youth Services Listing of Grant Opportunities
The DCHS Office of Youth Services compiled a listing of grant opportunities on January 16.
Research & Resources
Sees Historic Rise in AP Exam Results, Participation
During the 2014-15 school year, the
greatest number of Advanced Placement (AP) exams were taken by the greatest
number of students ever recorded in the history of T.C. Williams High School.
As a result of this achievement, ACPS has been
placed on the College Board’s Fifth Annual AP District Honor Role for
Significant Gains in Student Access and Success. ACPS is only one of six school
districts in Virginia to earn this honor.
Adds 22 More Courses to Its Curriculum
The Alexandria City School Board approved adding 22 new
courses to expand high school and middle school offerings for the 2015-16
academic year. Five are high school courses, one is an addition for middle
school, and 16 are new online courses. In addition, the School Board approved
adding honors courses for the 2016-17 school year.
Board Approves Honor Code for All Secondary Students
The Alexandria City School Board
approved an honor code for all ACPS
secondary schools -- the first time any formal honor code has been adopted in
the history of ACPS. Students at all ACPS middle and high schools will be
required to sign the agreement, which bans plagiarism and cheating. They may
also be required to sign the agreement again before major tests or essays. Any
student who violates the code will receive a zero on the assignment with no
chance of correction or retake.
Commits to Pledge on Student-Data Privacy
After initially declining to sign, the
technology Giant has joined a growing number of companies committing to a “student-privacy
pledge” launched by advocacy groups and endorsed by the White House. Google
has come under heavy scrutiny for privacy practices that critics have feared
would open the door to students’ personal information being used for
Rice Tapped to Lead K-12 Advocacy Group Founded by Jeb Bush
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice has been picked as the next
leader of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the influential advocacy
organization founded by former Florida governor and potential presidential
candidate Jeb Bush.
to End A-F Accountability Before It Begins Advances in Virginia
Legislation to discard the A-F system
was approved January 19 by a Virginia Senate
on a 3-2 vote. Last year, the legislature agreed to delay the start of giving
schools letter grades until 2016. Republican Senator Richard Black said he
introduced the bill because students at schools receiving F grades would be
unfairly stigmatized, and such schools would find recruiting new teachers very difficult.
Tips for Setting Successful Goals With Students
A teacher shares concrete steps for creating
action plans and action items with students.
to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-engaging Young People in
A paper by America’s
Promise explores ways to strengthen and expand re-engagement options for young
people who need more time or different pathways to finish school. It is
designed as a resource for educators, practitioners, community stakeholders,
communications professionals, and policymakers interested in supporting
out-of-school youth who wish to obtain a high school credential.
to Launch: Early Childhood’s Academic Countdown
The 19th annual edition of Quality Counts takes a broad look at the issues
and forces shaping the discussion around early-childhood education. It examines
how new academic demands and the push for accountability are changing the
nature of early-childhood education for school administrators, teachers, and children
Education in the U.S.: An Analysis
The Education Week Research Center
analyzed American Community Survey data to identify patterns in the school
enrollment of young children. Results indicate that
preschool participation is heavily influenced by a range of socioeconomic
factors, including household income, parental education levels, and race and
ethnicity. The state where a child lives also has an impact.
Absenteeism Challenges D. C. Public Schools’ Preschool Program
According to research released by the
Washington-based Urban Institute, about 1 in 4 preschoolers attending Title I
schools in the District of Columbia missed 10% or more of 2013-14 school year.
The children who missed the most preschool were the ones experts believe to be
most in need of the boost that a high-quality early-childhood program provides
– children with disabilities, homeless children, and children whose families
were on welfare, for example.
Enrolled in Preschool: A State-by-State Breakdown
One-third of the 4.3 million 3- and
4-year olds who are not enrolled in school
across the nation live in four large states: California, Florida, New York, and
Texas. California accounts for the largest share, at more than 12%.
Preschool Participation Varies by State
Hispanics are the nation’s largest
minority group, comprising a quarter of all 3-and-4-year olds. They also have
the lowest preschool
on any major ethnicity or race in the United States, 39% as compared to about
50% for Asians, African-Americans, and whites. But that rate varies
considerably by state.
Measures Help Build Relationships Between Families and Early Care and Education
It is an accepted fact that high-quality
relationships between parents, childcare providers, and teachers can have a
positive effect on parents, children and families in several ways. But there
have been no tools for measuring the quality of these relationships. The Family and
Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality (FPTRQ) project has identified
five new measures to accomplish that.
Providers to Partner with Head Start
The Obama administration wants the
half-billion dollars in Early Head
Start-Child Care Partnership Grants to boost the quality of child care available
to infants and toddlers from low-income families by forging partnerships
between small centers and family-day-care homes and Early Head Start (which
serves infants, toddlers up to age 3, and pregnant women). But the benefits of
federal funding come with substantial challenges for these small businesses.
There are just 18 months from the time they receive their money until they must
fully meet Head Start’s many standards.
Enlisted to Deliver Early-Literacy Message
The American Academy of Pediatrics has
long recognized the importance of telling parents to talk to and read with
their children. But it has only recently begun advising its doctors to deliver
for the first time at a child’s two-month checkup. What has been less clear,
and never studied systematically, is how to deliver that information in a way that
sticks during the 12-18 minute visits physicians generally have with families for
well-baby checkups. That’s where Too Small to
Fail, a national campaign encouraging parents to talk, read and sing to
their infants and toddlers as a key precursor to literacy.
Brings Computers to Kids after School
A school bus in Mitchell County, Georgia
has been outfitted with 24 computers, printers, a whiteboard and an overhead
projector, providing youth and their parents in the rural, high-poverty county
with an afterschool
During a test run in December, the bus went to seven locations with 400
students using it. Even more surprising was 300 high school parents also showed
the Money Tree: Sources for After-School Funding
In its latest Note of the Week (a free
subscription from the otherwise for-profit ExtendED Notes), the company
provides a list of potential afterschool
Programs for Low-Income Children Endangered by Proposed Senate Bill
A draft of the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act (a bill proposed in the U.S. Senate) proposes
cutting programs funded by the 21st Century Community Learning
Centers initiative that serve more than 1.66 million children. The bill would
kill the program and shift the funding to local agencies for a wider variety of
of Public School Students Now Considered Low-Income
According to an analysis of federal data
by the Southern Education Foundation, a majority of students in U.S. public
schools are low-income – the first time in recent history. In 2013, 51% of
public school students qualified for free and reduced-price lunch.
the ’30 Million-Word Gap’ Have Gap in Authenticity?
According to the Clinton Foundation, the
word gap is too big to
ignore and “too small to fail.” This gap – also known as “language gap” or
“vocabulary gap” is based on an old research finding that children from
“welfare” families were exposed to an average of 30 million fewer words than
children from high-income families during the first four years. This has
spurred large-scale university-led interventions such as the University of
Chicago ‘Thirty Million Words Initiative”. Missing from Clinton’s
pipeline-to-adult failure argument are institutional disadvantages that parents
do not control, such as inequitable school funding, biases in standardized
tests, and the effort spent to navigate life in poverty.
Efforts to Close Achievement Gap Examined in New Report
A recent report from the
Education Commission of the States, “Closing the Achievement Gap: Four States’
Efforts,” examines how Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin
have tried to shrink the separation between wealthy and privileged students and
Help Close Racial Gaps in Arts Education
New studies by the National
Endowment of the Arts suggest schools play a critical role in providing
students of color access to music, drama, and other arts classes.
Series Turn Classic Literature into Modern Video Blogs
A recent trend in online storytelling
may offer opportunities for teachers looking to help connect students to
literature: Literary YouTube
seek to transform classic works into video blogs set in the modern day.
Licensing Program for Veterans Working
Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa is
touting the success of a teacher
aimed at helping veterans and their families.
Pets Has Pros and Cons for Homeless Youth
Researchers wanted to know whether
owning a pet significantly affected homeless young people’s mental health
symptoms, their use of services, and their ability to find and keep housing. Based on the results of their study, the
authors feel that youth and family service providers should acknowledge the importance of pets for the safety and emotional well-being of homeless
Former Foster Youth Unaware of New Health Care Benefits
Young adults in every state who have
aged out of the foster care system are now eligible for Medicaid
under a new provision of the Affordable Care Act. Analysts believe that
anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 young people who have aged out of foster care in
New York are eligible, but have yet to be connected to coverage.
Youth and Families Get Affordable Care Act Health Coverage
The Family & Youth Services Bureau has
made available an overview of resources regarding
health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Family Caregivers Face Many Struggles, Get Little Support
At least 1.3 million American children
between the ages of 8 and 18 are enlisted to care for elderly, ill and disabled
family members, according to a 2005 survey that is the
only one of its kind in the U.S. But experts think the numbers are much higher
and growing, as the proportions of Americans over age 65 and living with
chronic health conditions climbs. For many of these children, their duties add
up to a part-time job that can interfere with the business of growing up. A
recent survey of Florida middle school students, presented in October at the
American Academy of Pediatrics conference, found that youth caregivers spend an
estimated 12 to 20 hours a week in that role. These children face an increased
risk of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and school failure.
with Same-Sex Partners More Likely to Report Relationship Abuse
Researchers wanted to examine relationship
abuse and sexual and reproductive health among girls and young women who engage
in same-sex behaviors, whether or not they identify as lesbian or bisexual.
Relationship abuse was defined as physical, sexual, and psychological abuse or
harassment in romantic or intimate relationships. Compared to girls and young
women who only had male partners, those who had same-sex partners were more
likely to come to a clinic for sexually transmitted infection testing or
treatment, and more likely to report recent relationship abuse.
Happens Less Often than In-Person Bullying
Researchers found that
youth were twice as likely to bully or be bullied in traditional settings
compared to digital spaces. Across the 80 studies the researchers looked at, an
average of 35% of youth had been bullied in person. An average of 15% of youth
had been bullied online or via mobile devices. This pattern was consistent
within and across studies, the authors say, with most studies reporting higher
offline than online rates.
and Suicidal Ideation and Behaviors: A Meta-Analysis
Researchers conducted a meta-analysis to estimate the
association between bullying involvement and suicidal ideation and behaviors.
Findings demonstrated that involvement in bullying in any capacity is
associated with suicidal ideation and behavior. Future research should address
mental health implications of bullying involvement to prevent suicidal
Picture of International Education Progress Unveiled in Study
A new report by the Horace
Mann League of the U.S.A. and the National Superintendents Roundtable entitled
“The Iceberg Effect” seeks to put student achievement and long-term educational
outcomes within the broader social and economic context of different countries.
Researchers concluded the United States ranks last among nine industrialized
nations on the levels of violence and cultural stress that students encounter.
Grooms Assistant Principals to Take Schools’ Top Jobs
Through the Governor’s
Promising Principals Academy, officials will train nearly 48
assistant principals this academic year, selecting two of the best and
brightest from each of the state’s 24 districts.
Workshops & Webinars
Preparing for a Difficult Conversation – Part 1 (On-Demand)
The webinar is designed to
provide the working knowledge needed to prepare for a face-to-face conversation
in order to maximize the chances for a helpful and productive meeting.