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April 19, 2019
Student and parent groups pushing Denver schools to hire ‘counselors, not cops’
Last year, the ratio of students to social workers in Denver was 681-to-1, according to state data. The recommended ratio is 250-to-1.
February 20, 2019
Younger Colorado students seek access to mental health care, without parental permission
A bill before the Colorado legislature would allow younger children to access confidential therapy on their own to fight mental illness and youth…
February 14, 2019
A social worker in every grade? Perhaps for 10 Colorado elementary schools
Educators, parents, and social workers told of students struggling with depression, younger and younger children attempting suicide, and youths ending up in prison. A bill…
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January 2, 2019
One Chicago principal’s pledge for 2019: Caring for his teachers
The principal of Chicago’s Sullivan High School in Rogers Park recalls the advice of a mentor to remind himself of the importance of caring for his staff.
secrets to success
November 27, 2018
Seven questions for the cartwheeling Chicagoan named national school counselor of the year
How an award-winning Chicago counselor who calls himself "weird" and "awkward" connects with students and helps them work through challenges.
October 30, 2018
Why two Aurora mothers are campaigning for their school district’s tax request
If Aurora voters approve a $35 million tax request, district officials said one priority will be funding after-school programs.
October 24, 2018
Colorado school districts seek voter support for school safety and mental health resources
Of 29 districts asking voters to increase local taxes, at least 19 have safety projects a priority if measures are approved.
August 31, 2018
What do you say to a young child who might be at risk for suicide?
Talking about suicide with young children can feel scary or inappropriate, but broaching the subject can save lives.
August 31, 2018
Young lives lost: Suicide prevention efforts expand slowly and cautiously in elementary schools
After the suicide of a 9-year-old Denver boy, lawmakers and educators are grappling with the realization that children need more mental health support.
August 30, 2018
We’ve come a long way in addressing student stress and trauma. I could use help, too.
There’s an old adage, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” But as a paraprofessional in Chicago, my cup is almost drained.
August 1, 2018
Trauma can make it hard for kids to learn. Here’s how teachers learn to deal with that.
There’s no debating that childhood trauma seriously impacts how students learn. Researchers have tied stressful events such as divorces, deportations, neglect,…
May 25, 2018
Adams 14 proposing expanding mindfulness and other programs for student well-being
The mindfulness program and a Random Acts of Kindness curriculum is already being used at a few schools.
May 11, 2018
A new guide aims to help Colorado school districts offer mental health support to students
A Colorado nonprofit group released a new tool kit to help teachers, parents, and administrators infuse mental health support into schools.
Progress of a sort
May 8, 2018
Colorado lawmakers take one small step – but no more – to reduce youth suicide
A bill that gives small training grants to schools is the only legislation this session to tackle the second leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 24.
November 15, 2017
Mental health crises are major cause of police interventions in New York City schools, new data show
Last school year, nearly 29 percent of the 9,385 incidents where police or safety agents were called involved a "child in crisis."
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