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Helping Children Cope with Trauma.  Many children are exposed to trauma and stressful life events and may struggle to cope with the after effects.  Parents, caregivers and teachers will find SAMSHA’s guide ‘Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers’ an excellent resource for thoughtful and supportive conversations with children and youth.


The current issue of Child Development includes a meta-analysis on Social and Emotional Learning.  The full text of the article, “Promoting Positive Youth Development Through School-Based Social and Emotional Learning Interventions: A Meta-Analysis of Follow-Up Effects” is available at the Child Development website. A summary report is available here.


How do Students with Disabilities Fare in Post-Secondary Life? A pair of reports from Mathematica Policy Research examines the post-high school outcomes and experiences of secondary students in special education.  Volume 1 examines how students with disabilities fare in comparison to their peers and Volume 2 looks specificially at outcomes and experiences for disabilitiy specific groups.  The report examines factors important to preparation for post-secondary life, such as socioeconomic health status, activities with peers, health, communication, social functioning and academic supports.


Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress Report 4:  Implications for Programs and Practice.  The Office of Planning Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services releases report on the importance of teaching self-regulation skills to children and youth.  The report provides numerous recommendations, including the implementation of a universal intervention to develop self-regulation for all students and targeted interventions for children and youth at risk.


New Jersey Tiered System of Support (NJTSS).  NJTSS is a framework of academic and behavioral supports and interventions to improve student achievement, based on the core components of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and the three-tier prevention logic of Response to Intervention (RTI).  Visit the New Jersey Department of Education to learn more about how NJTSS can help schools meet the academic, behavioral, health, enrichment and social/emotional needs of all students.

Department of Education launches RETHINK Discipline. Check out the many resources available including Addressing the Root Causes of School Discipline Disparities and Resource Guide.