Social and emotional learning occurs when teachers and school staff help students develop the interpersonal skills they need to succeed in school and work. This skill-building happens in the course of everyday instruction, when teachers pause to encourage students to pose a question in a more respectful tone, imagine how others feel, take a deep breath to calm themselves down, break a goal into manageable pieces and more. Social and emotional self-management is thought to set the stage for productive, cooperative learning.
The budget proposal is expected to significantly expand paid family leave, home visits to help parents teach and care for their babies and screenings to identify delays early.
Many educators say restorative justice has transformed school climates. Others say it is over-hyped. A new study by the RAND Corp. lends support to both sides.
Officials have identified three elementary schools that will take Paradise Unified students displaced by the deadly Camp Fire and are close to securing a site for middle and high schoolers.
The report, based on federal government data from 2015-16, also found that racial disparities in suspensions remain an acute problem. Nationwide, African-American students lost five times as many days as white students.
UCLA and two county education departments are collaborating to train teachers and administrators throughout the state on alternatives to traditional discipline.
California's FAIR Education Act is being emulated in Illinois and Massachusetts.
Efforts to expand California's ban on suspending students for “willful defiance," now limited to K-3 grades, also still in play.
Breaking the chain of misbehavior and punishment by recognizing students for what they do right.
The likely future governor of California opens a window to the painful world of dyslexia experienced by millions of children and adults.
The current era of discipline reform in California is putting greater emphasis on an aspect of teaching that has long gotten the short shrift in teacher credentialing programs.
While awareness of restorative justice is high among school officials statewide, budgets for programs remain tiny in most school districts.
Augustus F. Hawkins High, which is situated at the crossroads of multiple gang territories, almost died at its birth. A commitment to restorative justice helped save it.
Many tout the practice as a groundbreaking alternative to zero-tolerance policies and a way to alleviate discipline disparities, while some say it's being oversold as a quick fix.
A new national survey reveals a complex trajectory of how LGBT youth become homeless.
Researchers will spend five years studying California schools in order to get a better picture of how they can become places where people feel safer and more connected.