As we make preparations for the various ways of returning to school in person, we must also review the impact that coronavirus has had on students, families, staff, and administration.
Mental Health in Education Blog
CHRIS LEONARD: Welcome to our podcast: Conversations About Student Mental Health. I’m Chris Leonard, clinical social worker working with adolescents for over 25 years. In this podcast, I talk with school administrators, educators, clinicians and parents to open a dialogue that will help the growing number of students struggling with mental illness. During the past […]
As educators and administrators, we all have our lesson plans and strategic plans. But oftentimes, reality challenges our plans. This is certainly one of those times. During COVID we find ourselves operating in a condition that we did not think we were signing up for, but as always we must meet the challenge. Silently, many […]
The right motivators can help to engage students When students are failing to complete work, falling behind, and even failing to show up for class, it can be challenging to figure out what’s wrong and how to turn things around. COVID has magnified the problem: absenteeism rates have doubled (now averaging 10 percent) since the […]
Creating a positive school culture that supports mental wellness is a topic that’s getting increasing attention recently. It’s an idea that makes sense: when students feel supported and safe, they show up, they can focus on learning, and they’re more engaged. At the same time, school staff are also more engaged, effective, and satisfied in […]
As schools adopt new teaching models and attempt to address learning loss, we all face a major obstacle: growing student mental health issues that interfere with learning. Understanding the challenges is the first step to overcoming them. That’s why we recently surveyed New Jersey school districts to quantify the scope of student mental health issues. […]