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Owens, Chastity L.; Johnson, Annette H.; Thornton, Aubrey – Children & Schools, 2022
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and rise in racial injustices signaled the need to engage students in macro-level interventions to maximize their contributions to their schools, communities, and society. School social workers are uniquely positioned to elevate student voices, hone their critical thinking skills, and capitalize on their strengths…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Racial Bias, Intervention
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Eveleigh, Abigail; Cook, Amanda; Naples, Lauren Hunter; Cipriano, Christina – Children & Schools, 2022
This study investigated the affective experiences of 30 educators of students with learning differences (sLD) and their use of social-emotional learning (SEL) early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Authors utilized a convergent parallel mixed-methods research design to collect and analyze data from educators through focus groups, interviews, and surveys.…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Students with Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Social Emotional Learning
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Humphries, Marisha L.; McKay-Jackson, Cassandra – Children & Schools, 2022
Race is often ignored as a core component of social and emotional competency (SEC) and social and emotional learning (SEL). This study explored preservice school social worker and elementary teacher interns' participation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary SEL training curriculum that integrates race. Nine preservice trainees (majority White…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Preservice Teachers, Social Emotional Learning, Social Development
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McGee, Blanca S.; Germany, Andrea F.; Phillips, Regina L.; Barros-Lane, Liza – Children & Schools, 2022
Social and emotional learning (SEL) and equity issues have each been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic for students of color. This brief seeks to call to action school social workers who can identify social and emotional barriers to learning that students of color experience in schools through a critical race theory (CRT) lens. School social…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Race, Racial Bias, Minority Group Students
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Ura, Sarah K.; d'Abreu, Ana – Children & Schools, 2022
Children of color are disproportionately referred for discipline in schools and subsequently receive harsher punishments than their peers. Teachers' implicit bias has been identified as a possible source of these disparities, particularly for Black boys. However, teachers' social--emotional competence (SEC) may mitigate biased responses to Black…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Interpersonal Competence, Emotional Development, Social Development
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Wagaman, M. Alex; Gattis, Maurice N.; Watts, Keith J.; Yabar, Mauricio P.; Blair, Dmitri; Haynes, Tiffany S.; Williams, Elaine G. – Children & Schools, 2022
Housing instability has a detrimental impact on the academic success of children and youth. Despite having federal policy to direct schools on how to identify and support students experiencing homelessness, many schools still face challenges to developing a systemwide approach that involves school staff in varying positions and addresses the…
Descriptors: School Role, Homeless People, School Personnel, Role Perception
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Garcia, Martha Lucia; Carnes, Stephanie; Hanssen, Daria – Children & Schools, 2022
Central American youth constitute one of the largest groups of newcomers in U.S. public schools, particularly in urban areas. Many have experienced traumatic events and interrupted or limited formal education. These factors, coupled with cultural and language differences, may lead these youth to struggle in public schools, unless specifically…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Youth Programs, Models, Trauma
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Sedillo-Hamann, Dayna – Children & Schools, 2022
Restorative justice (RJ) is both a philosophy and a set of practices meant to repair harm and maintain connection in the face of wrongdoing. While RJ is becoming increasingly popular among K-12 educators and in schools, emphasis is typically on its social justice applications, including its use as an alternative to zero-tolerance discipline…
Descriptors: Trauma, Justice, School Social Workers, Elementary Secondary Education
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Ballin, Amy Elizabeth – Children & Schools, 2022
Equity in education begins with creating structures that support students inclusive of their social-emotional needs. Students exposed to trauma perform best in schools that adopt trauma-sensitive practices. Many of these trauma-sensitive practices naturally prepare students to learn social-emotional skills, as the trauma-informed staff also models…
Descriptors: Trauma, Social Emotional Learning, Equal Education, Elementary Schools
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Clayton, M. Annette; Teasley, Martell L. – Children & Schools, 2022
Although students must successfully navigate transition years in school in pursuit of sustained academic success, not enough is known about the context-linked experiences of African American male adolescents as they seek to traverse their senior year, one of the most important pivotal points in time for all students. This study examined the…
Descriptors: Context Effect, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education, African American Students
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Marques, Sara Schjølberg; Braidwood, Ruth – Children & Schools, 2021
The mental health effects of the coronavirus pandemic are likely to be significant and sustained, especially for those who experience adversity or preexisting mental health difficulties. This article examines the experiences of older adolescents during the United Kingdom government's "lockdown" period (April 2020 to June 2020) on mental…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Mental Health, Late Adolescents
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Iachini, Aidyn L.; Childs, Tasha M. – Children & Schools, 2021
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted the educational system not only in regard to teaching and learning, but also in relation to the other services and supports (mental health services, meal and nutrition programs, and so on) provided to students and families. School district Web sites are critical access points for families…
Descriptors: Information Sources, Web Sites, School Districts, COVID-19
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Grumbach, Giesela; Johnson, Annette H.; Engel, Erik; Campos-Moreira, Linda D. – Children & Schools, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the natural rhythm of the school year, affecting the way services are rendered. This shift has implications for the termination of services and the guidance of school social work interns through the termination process. This article provides lessons learned from the rapid transition from face-to-face practice to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Mental Health, Mental Health Programs
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Rogers, Kelli – Children & Schools, 2021
Educational disparity has been a long-standing social and political concern, and is a grand challenge for social work because of its implications for equal opportunity and social justice. As stewards of social justice in public K-12 educational settings, school social workers help students gain access to and effectively use resources and support…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Equal Education, Social Work
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Cypers, Scott Jared; Lopez, Amy – Children & Schools, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine orders led to a lot of uncertainty, fear, and mental health difficulty around the world. To be able to support the community during this time of crisis, especially when no in-person crisis services could be provided, an online mental health support and parenting group was offered to the community.…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Mental Health, Access to Health Care
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