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Goekler, Susan; Auld, M. Elaine; Birch, David A. – State Education Standard, 2019
Health education offers a natural curricular home for important life skills and ways students can optimize physical, social, and emotional health. Although many schools have implemented social and emotional learning (SEL), health education provides a broader framework by encompassing the connections between physical and emotional health and the…
Descriptors: Role, Health Education, State Boards of Education, Social Development
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Temkin, Deborah A.; Solomon, Bonnie J.; Katz, Emily; Steed, Heather – State Education Standard, 2019
In a healthy school environment, school staff are addressing a student's physical, emotional, and social needs in order to create the conditions for that student to learn. Creating this healthy school environment requires more than the traditional "grammar of schooling" -- a primary focus on curriculum and pedagogy--and encompasses a…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Holistic Approach, Wellness, Mental Health
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Minnich, Brian G. – State Education Standard, 2019
School leaders are feeling conflicted about their school buildings. On the one hand, they want to provide children with safe, secure spaces. On the other, they want to provide open, collaborative, and exceptional 21st century learning environments. By taking a holistic approach, they can have both. It's important to remember that many current…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, School Safety, Educational Environment, Holistic Approach
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Jones, Stephanie; Bailey, Rebecca; Kahn, Jennifer – State Education Standard, 2019
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) refers to the process through which individuals learn and apply social, emotional, behavioral, and character skills required to succeed in schooling, the workplace, relationships, and citizenship. In public discussion of SEL, not everyone can quite agree on what it is. To some, it involves a set of tools for…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Citizenship Education, Behavior
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Blanco, Megan – State Education Standard, 2019
A number of states have taken steps toward promoting student wellness, with many of their state boards of education in the middle of the action. This article contains some examples of states leading on student wellness by addressing physical fitness, social and emotional learning (SEL), and mental health supports. The Every Student Succeeds Act…
Descriptors: Wellness, Child Health, Physical Fitness, Social Development
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Hoover, Sharon A. – State Education Standard, 2019
Recognizing the effects of trauma besetting many of their students, many states, districts, and schools are revamping approaches to making schools physically and psychologically safer. Many of the steps to establish safer, more supportive schools are aligned with those needed to create trauma-responsive schools. State boards of education are…
Descriptors: Coping, School Safety, Trauma, Mental Health
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Eitland, Erika; Allen, Joseph – State Education Standard, 2019
Improving the school building may well be the most overlooked means of improving student health, safety, and academic performance. Yet in conversations about factors that lead students to academic success, only rarely does the role of the physical environment come to the fore. By downplaying the importance of the building, policymakers and parents…
Descriptors: School Buildings, Physical Environment, Role, Academic Achievement
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Goff, Jane – State Education Standard, 2019
On April 20, 1999, two Columbine High School students walked into their school midday and killed 12 students and one teacher. Twenty-one other students were injured. All that had been normal came to an abrupt end. Education leaders in Jefferson County, Colorado, quickly realized they were laying the groundwork for a new normal. Colorado's…
Descriptors: Homicide, Violence, School Safety, Crisis Management
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Sirinides, Philip; Coffey, Missy – State Education Standard, 2018
Americans share an expectation that government will serve the common good, creating inescapable pressure for public agencies--especially those that serve young children--to perform well. Yet education and human services agencies continually struggle to respond to the complex conditions in which children are born. How can they address the practical…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Evidence Based Practice, Decision Making, Educational Policy
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Vecchiotti, Sara – State Education Standard, 2018
There is ample opportunity for state boards to improve outcomes for children by strengthening the early care and education workforce and thereby improving the quality of early care and education. Ensuring that ECE professionals have the knowledge, supports, and resources they need to support children's learning is one avenue to improving the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Labor Force, State Boards of Education
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Loewenberg, Aaron – State Education Standard, 2018
Children enter kindergarten with a wide range of previous education experiences: Some have participated in pre-K programs: private, state-funded, or part of Head Start. Others have spent time in a family child care setting or in informal arrangements with family, friends, and neighbors. Regardless, this transition is fraught with stress and…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Transitional Programs, Educational Experience, School Readiness
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Barnett, W. Steven; Kasmin, Richard – State Education Standard, 2018
Pre-K is widely acknowledged to be a sound public investment. When their pre-K programs are of high quality, disadvantaged children see particularly large benefits--higher test scores, less need for grade repetition and special education, and increased educational attainment. Yet high-quality programs are in short supply. State boards of education…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Preschool Education, Finance Reform, At Risk Students
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Meléndez, Luisiana; Chamberlain, Patricia – State Education Standard, 2018
Between 2000 and 2010, the foreign born population in Illinois increased by over 200,000, and the number of young dual language learners (DLLs) also grew. By 2015, DLLs were thought to account for more than a quarter of the state's three- and four-year-olds. In addition, more K-12 children in Illinois were being designated as English learners and…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, English Language Learners, Standardized Tests, Agency Cooperation
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Connors-Tadros, Lori; Gardner, Madelyn – State Education Standard, 2018
The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) convened its Task Force on Early Childhood Education in the larger context of educational reform of the 1980s, which was characterized by two competing perspectives. One focused on state-mandated testing and increased graduation requirements, in response to the alarm sounded by the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Social Change, Economic Impact
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Wood-Garnett, Stephanie; Greene-Bryant, Betty – State Education Standard, 2018
Not much that state boards of education will undertake is harder than transforming low-performing high schools. Yet what they do is pivotal. State board members should keep 10 key principles in mind when they are working to transform low-performing high schools. These 10 key principles are presented in this article: (1) The school is the unit of…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Turnaround, State Boards of Education, Educational Principles
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