Health and wellness

Where is teacher confidence headed? New surveys provide insight

Teacher confidence hit rock bottom in 2022 but now appears to be on the rebound even as political divisiveness continues to roil K12.

Comfort counts: How superior school design can boost attendance

Two concepts are driving school designers these days: Physical safety and emotional well-being. Even simple adjustments have demonstrated a positive impact.

How to help families overcome social media health problems

The medical community doesn’t have a full grasp on just how social media affects the health of students but a new report offers some solutions without calling for an outright ban.

AI is tracking student suicide risk. Here are 6 ways to improve the technology

Many educators agree that AI monitoring tools can identify at-risk students but some worry the technology may also "compromise student privacy and perpetuate existing inequalities."

Suicide prevention: 5 steps for better protecting our students

The most effective solutions start long before a student begins thinking about committing self-harm, says Brandy Samuell, a former K12 administrator who is now director of product management at eLuma, a teletherapy provider.

Active shooter drills: Many parents support them but prefer investing in SEL

Active shooter drills may not be as controversial as has been portrayed in many communities as a large majority of parents are confident their schools are keeping children safe.

The vaping crisis: Districts resort to dramatic measures, including indictments

Several counties in Alabama are taking what's surely among the nation's most aggressive responses to the problem: Vape courts.

Is your state in the top 10 for bullying problems at school and online?

One in five students between the ages of 12 and 18 suffer bullying, as face-to-face harassment moves behind the anonymity of online attacks, according to federal estimates.

Why one principal says, “We’re at a good place. We want to take it up a notch.”

Principal Nikol Youngberg says establishing a welcoming and nurturing climate for students is not a cliche—it's her "why" for being an educator and for leading Flour Bluff Primary & Elementary Schools in Texas.

Drugs, bullying, weapons: Which are the safest states for high school students?

If you're trying to figure out if you work in one of the least dangerous states for high school students, consider: California has the lowest rate of bullying but students in the Golden State are also the most likely to be exposed to illegal drugs. 

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