What sets the stage for student learning? EdSource reports on major school reform initiatives rooted in improving the physical, emotional and behavioral health of children and teens. Strategies include social and emotional skill-building, trauma-informed teaching and school-based health centers. The goal: Attendance improves, discipline referrals fall, teen pregnancy rates drop and engagement in learning increases.
The suicide rate among Black youth is now nearly twice the statewide average, and they are more at risk of depression, anxiety and stress.
Demands for reckonings over school Covid closures scapegoat teachers, but spare the more glaring culprits.
California schools must be allowed to follow state-mandated quarantine requirements without losing funding.
Making sure that all students feel valued, seen and included must not be left to chance.
Advocates are calling for early releases from California's youth detention facilities amid their largest Covid-19 outbreak, citing early releases from adult prisons over the past two years.
Though experts say higher-quality masks are crucial to preventing the spread of the Omicron variant, few districts are providing those masks to students leaving parents looking for them.
Some are most worried about schools shuttering again, fearful of remote learning, which caused emotional damage and learning loss for many.
The influx of funding can help educators better collaborate to create a more useful, meaningful and humane educational experience for students.
Student absences, teacher shortages and high Covid rates marked the return to school. Some teachers are asking districts to tighten safeguards.
Helping students set attainable goals can provide the sense of meaning and belonging they need to fully engage with their learning.
Children Now's annual survey provides a comprehensive look at how youth have fared after nearly two years of the pandemic.
Health classes will soon include lessons on depression, bipolar disorder and other serious conditions to help students cope with emotional struggles.
Members of EdSource's Teachers Advisory Group share their experiences with returning to school after the pandemic lockdowns.
School officials are struggling to keep schools open amid Covid outbreaks and staffing shortages. Conflicting messages from California state officials are making it even more difficult.
No frozen pizza on the menu at Pacific Elementary in tiny coastal Davenport. The fifth and sixth grade chefs cook from scratch, luring families to enroll in their school.