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. As we record […]
Mental Health in Education Blog
Return to School: Addressing Mental Wellness
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.
PODCAST: Starting the Conversation about Race, Equality, and Bias in Schools
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 […]
Are you feeling incompetent lately?
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 […]
Motivational Strategies in the Classroom
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 […]
Mental Wellness Culture in Schools: Why and How
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 […]