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Schools Must Use Effective Practices to Screen and then Validate Students’ Mental Health Status (Part I)

In the face of schools training teachers to screen and recognize the "early warning" indicators of students' social-emotional and mental health problems, this Blog discusses the ten necessary screenin...

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Why Do They Keep Trying to “Validate” Restorative Practices with Lousy (or Worse) Data?

New Blog critically analyzes (a) a new “research” report that inaccurately attempts to use a large-scale student survey to show that restorative practices “effectively” decrease disproportionate disci...

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(Pandemic-Related?) Behavioral Challenges and Student Violence in Our Schools Today

Given the increasing number of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges exhibited by students in schools across the country this school year, this Blog encourages schools to avoid “crisis-oriented...

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The Blog-Year in Review: Politics and the Pandemic, SEL and MTSS, Race and Disproportionality

The 23 Project ACHIEVE Blogs written in 2021 are organized into four themes that summarize the issues and needs for education come 2022. The themes are: (a) Politics, the Common Good, and How the Past...

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The Current State of SEL in our Schools: The Frenzy, Flaws, and Fads (Part II)

Blog discusses the lack of knowledge and poor SEL implementation choices made by educators across the country even as students’ social-emotional (Pandemic-related) needs are at high levels. A recent n...

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Disproportionate School Discipline, and How Long-Term Suspensions Don’t Work and Don’t Improve Classroom Conditions When Students are Gone (An Unexpected Part III)

This Blog reviews a recent study analyzing the academic and behavioral impact of different lengths of school suspensions across 1.24 million disciplinary incidents over 10 years in the NYC schools. It...

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