ERIC Number: EJ1132637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
Managing Stress for At-Risk Students
Spiegel, Ellen J.
Phi Delta Kappan, v98 n6 p42-46 Mar 2017
The BRIDGE Alternative Middle School in Lowell, Massachusetts, serves students ages 12-16 who have exhibited behavioral problems in traditional school settings, including problems such as truancy, multiple suspensions, mental health issues, peer conflicts, family dysfunction, academic problems, and gang involvement. Students referred to BRIDGE are often involved with the court system and/or with the state's Department of Children and Families, and many have been in and out of specialized hospital placements and residential or respite care facilities. When they arrive at BRIDGE, they tend not only to be struggling in school but also exhibiting problems at home or in the community. After enrolling at the BRIDGE, however, these same students reduce their suspension rates, increase their attendance, and improve their academic growth. The author shares the school's strategies for preventing and responding to problems that arise from stress, frustration, rage, and emotional dysregulation. Whether in an alternative setting or a more typical classroom, a number of small steps can lead to a significantly improved emotional climate and a more stable, healthy school culture.
Descriptors: Stress Management, At Risk Students, Adolescents, Middle School Students, Nontraditional Education, Behavior Problems, Program Effectiveness, Truancy, Suspension, Attendance Patterns, Academic Achievement, Peer Relationship, Family Relationship, Emotional Development, Educational Environment, School Safety, Communication Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts