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Schiro, Theodora – Educational Leadership, 2018
After her son died by suicide, Theodora Schiro vowed to raise awareness and teach others about depression and suicide. In this article, Schiro (a former teacher and principal) explains how educators can detect warning signs, devise preventative programs, and fight the stigma associated with suicide.
Descriptors: Suicide, Prevention, At Risk Persons, Intervention
Titone, Connie; feldman, erin; DeRosato, Marie – Educational Leadership, 2018
Mindfulness practice has increasingly been shown to provide a powerful method of addressing the mental health needs of young people. In this article, teacher-researchers discuss a mindfulness experiment in a high school English language arts classroom. Students practiced meditation and other mindfulness activities and were surveyed to see how…
Descriptors: Metacognition, High School Students, Language Arts, Student Surveys
Sehgal, Priya; Jeffries, Julia; Rappaport, Nancy – Educational Leadership, 2018
In a time marked by racial divides, the authors of this article argue that teachers are on the front lines of identifying and responding to race-related stress in the classroom. They provide suggestions for how teachers can educate themselves about students' racialized experiences and respond appropriately to support students' mental health.
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Racial Differences, Student Needs, Mental Health
Bushinski, Cari – Educational Leadership, 2018
The Handle with Care program helps schools help students who experience trauma. While at the scene of an event like a domestic violence call, drug raid, or car accident, law enforcement personnel determine the names and school of any children present. They notify that child's school to "handle ___ with care" the next day, and the school…
Descriptors: Student Needs, At Risk Students, Trauma, Violence
Minahan, Jessica – Educational Leadership, 2018
Students with anxiety are prone to giving up a difficult work assignment before they even start it. So how can teachers help these students develop skills to successfully start and finish assignments and succeed in school? Behavioral analyst Jessica Minahan offers some practical solutions that teachers can implement in the classroom to motivate…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Coping, Assignments, Skill Development
Souers, Kristin – Educational Leadership, 2018
Exposure to trauma--which many experts view as include ongoing life stressors like poverty, parents divorcing, death of a family member, or drug abuse in the home--is prevalent among school-aged children. Teachers know that facing trauma impedes students' ability to focus and learn, but it can be challenging to keep responding caringly to a…
Descriptors: Trauma, Coping, Stress Management, Teacher Role
Whitlock, Janis; Hasking, Penelope – Educational Leadership, 2018
Non-suicidal self-injury--the deliberate destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent--has become relatively common among U.S. adolescents: 18 percent of school-based youth report self-injuring at least once. The authors give suggestions and vetted resources for how schools can safely address the issue of self-injury, in ways that let…
Descriptors: Self Destructive Behavior, Injuries, School Role, At Risk Students
Kelly, John; Rossen, Eric; Cowan, Katherine C. – Educational Leadership, 2018
Collaboration between students' families and the school is an essential component to promoting student mental and behavioral health. Many schools structure their mental health services using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports that offers three different tiers of support from universal supports to personalized help for students with serious…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Cooperation, Mental Health, Student Behavior
Benson, Jeffrey – Educational Leadership, 2018
Teachers who work with students who have mental illnesses face day-to-day challenges and high burnout rates. In this article, Jeffrey Benson argues that messages about teacher self-care and resiliency are not enough. Instead, the structures must change--by way of clinical consultations, mentorships, and in-school support systems--to best serve…
Descriptors: Teaching Conditions, Self Management, Teacher Burnout, Mental Disorders
Reilly, Nadja N. – Educational Leadership, 2018
To better support students with conditions like depression, schools must take steps to shift away from a silo approach in which academics and emotional health are seen as separate. To illustrate, Nadja N. Reilly outlines an integrated approach to social-emotional learning accommodates both students and teachers' needs for emotional safety and…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Depression (Psychology), Mental Health
Welsh, Justine W.; Rappaport, Nancy; Tretyak, Valeria – Educational Leadership, 2018
Opioid abuse has become an epidemic in America and exposure to the drugs often begins in high school. This article shares some facts about opioid use and some signs and symptoms to look for in students who may be addicted to the drug. The authors also offer tips for educators on how to deal with the legal issues involved in assessing, reporting,…
Descriptors: Drug Abuse, Narcotics, High School Students, At Risk Students
Merz, Sandy – Educational Leadership, 2018
With the National Alliance for Mental Illness estimating that 20 percent of 13-18 year-olds live with a mental health condition, it is essential for teachers to know their legal and ethical obligations in assisting their students and creating a welcoming environment for them to thrive. Merz, a middle school teacher for 30 years, discusses what…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Mental Disorders, Teacher Role, Legal Responsibility
Armstrong, Thomas – Educational Leadership, 2017
The way special education is carried out in U.S. schools must change. Special education has become weighed down by its emphasis on deficits and disorders: As regular education has opened to new ways of thinking about brain neuroplasticity, growth mindsets, and other innovations, special education has held fast to its diagnostic categories,…
Descriptors: Special Education, Brain, Neurological Impairments, Neurology
Redford, Kyle – Educational Leadership, 2017
Redford, a veteran 5th grade teacher, addresses the question of whether, in the case of students with dyslexia, "it's time to ditch the disability classification and replace it with more positive language that embraces and appreciates [the condition] as a 'neurodifference' instead." Her answer is no--at least in the current education…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Student Needs, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
Boroson, Barbara – Educational Leadership, 2017
How has education evolved from exclusion to inclusion, from judgment to acceptance, and from disability to difference? This is the question that frames Barbara Boroson's article in the theme issue, "Differences, Not Disabilities." Boroson begins by taking a historical view of how schools have treated those who were perceived to be…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Educational History, Disabilities, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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