This guide (PDF, 43 pages) helps school and district leaders use data to better inform their use of disciplinary actions. Developed by the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands Urban School Improvement Alliance, administrators can use this guide to determine whether disciplinary actions are disproportionately applied to some student subgroups and whether differences exist in student academic outcomes across the types of disciplinary actions that students receive. Schools and districts can also use the guide when designing and implementing their own analyses and when engaging in conversations with external researchers who are studying disciplinary data. Learn more (PDF, 43 pages).
This multi-volume descriptive report presents information from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012, a longitudinal study conducted over several decades to examine the characteristics, experiences, and post-high school outcomes of youth with an individualized education program (IEP). The report shows that, overall, youth with an IEP feel positive about school but are more likely than their peers to struggle academically and to lag behind in taking key steps toward postsecondary education and jobs. Learn more.
This study examined the accuracy of early warning indicators used by six Seattle-area school districts to identify students at risk of not graduating from high school. Published by Regional Education Laboratory Northwest, the report shows the indicators did not accurately identify many students who dropped out, especially newcomer English learner students, suggesting that school districts may want to examine the accuracy of their own indicators for different student populations. Learn more.
This resource (PDF, 16 pages) provides information and tools for implementing asthma control programs in schools. Staff in state health departments and others interested in “asthma friendly schools” can use this resource to develop comprehensive asthma management programs for school settings. Learn more (PDF, 16 pages).
This report illustrates changes in several key characteristics of the teaching force between the 1987-1988 and 2011-2012 school years, including the number of teachers, the level of teaching experience, and the racial/ethnic diversity of the teaching force. The report focuses on how these demographic changes varied across different types of teachers and schools. Learn more.
This archived webinar series features four hour-long technical web-based trainings that address how to improve or sustain indoor air quality (IAQ) management programs within schools or school districts. School professionals can use this training to learn about the implementation of a successful framework for IAQ management, critical actions needed to address building-related environmental health, and the use of tools in the School IAQ Assessment Mobile App to identify and prioritize IAQ improvements. Learn more.
This series of fact sheets describes complex trauma and provides recommendations for a variety of audiences on how to support youth. Developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Complex Trauma and Developmental Trauma Disorder Work Group, the fact sheets include:
- Complex Trauma: Facts for Directors, Administrators, and Staff in Residential Settings (PDF, 6 pages) — Gives information for staff in Residential Treatment Centers on how to understand behavior through a trauma lens and provides recommendations on trauma-informed residential policies, staff training and self-care, and the developmental and educational needs of youth.
- Complex Trauma: Facts for Treatment Staff in Residential Settings (PDF, 4 pages) — Provides general guidelines for treatment providers on using a holistic, multidisciplinary, multi-level approach to address the needs of youth with complex trauma in Residential Treatment settings.
- Complex Trauma: In Urban African-American Children, Youth, and Families (PDF, 4 pages) — Describes the specific barriers that African Americans face in obtaining needed services and offers ideas for providers on building supportive relationships with African-American children and families who have experienced complex trauma.
- Complex Trauma: In Juvenile Justice System-Involved Youth (PDF, 7 pages) — Describes the path from complex trauma exposure to involvement in the juvenile justice system and presents recommendations for judges and juvenile justice program administrators, parents and family members, and adults who supervise youth.
Observance Date: May 2017
This event is an annual observance that acknowledges foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. This year's theme is "Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families.” The 2017 NCFM website, by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides free resources and tools to help identify, develop, and support current foster and kinship caregivers. Learn more.
This website provides articles highlighting resources on research, program strategies, federal news, and funding opportunities. Articles include coverage of important decreases in homelessness and the 2017 Point in Time Count, free online training on Pathways to Adulthood, and a free tool to assess LGBTQ inclusiveness in homeless youth-serving agencies. Learn more.
This article describes the challenges youth face with employability and provides a framework, designed as a one-stop-shop for employability information, including a checklist for youth to track the development of employability skills. Additionally, the article details example employability preparation programs 4-H offers youth to experience and practice employability skills. Learn more.
Don’t lose your quick links to this website! Findyouthinfo.gov is now youth.gov, and the automatic redirects will expire January 31, 2017. Please update your links and bookmarks to the new URL (youth.gov) today!
This webinar provides an overview of facility-wide multi-tiered Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports’ (PBIS) theoretical foundation, as well as key aspects of evidence-based best practices, data-driven decision-making, lessons learned, and implications for high-quality implementation of Tier I and Tier II interventions and supports. It also features youth sharing their personal experiences with PBIS in a juvenile justice setting. Learn more.
This resource (PDF, 6 pages) describes the stark consequences of youth unemployment, especially among youth of color, and provides an overview of “what works” for youth workforce development. It highlights critical strategies and best practices, exemplars, and additional resources to support local practitioners’ efforts to develop and implement workforce development programs for young people in their communities. Learn more (PDF, 6 pages).
- National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention
Two new National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence prevention will work with local health departments and community partners to develop, implement, and evaluate youth violence prevention strategies in high-risk neighborhoods.
- Evaluating Practice-Based Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Approaches from CDC’s Rape Prevention Education (RPE) Programs
Five new awards will evaluate the effectiveness of primary prevention strategies being implemented by, or planned for implementation with, CDC’s RPE Programs to prevent the perpetration of sexual violence.
- Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence Related Injury
Three new research awards will evaluate the effectiveness of policies and programs that provide economic and other support to high-risk families in order to prevent child abuse and neglect.
This website provides a systematic review of teen pregnancy prevention literature and identifies effective programs that reduce teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and associated sexual risk behaviors. Users can access a database of studies and learn more about programs that might be a good fit in their communities. Learn more.
This brief (PDF, 9 pages) uses data collected for the Family Options Study of families in emergency shelters to examine the well-being of adolescents who stayed in the shelters 20 months following their experience. Adolescents who were recently homeless were found to have changed schools or missed school more frequently, which was associated with lower grades and motivation, and were shown to have more behavior problems than their peers nationally. Learn more (PDF, 9 pages).
This fact sheet explores eligibility for health care coverage for youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The fact sheet also provides information on subpopulations of youth who are likely to be eligible for health care coverage, which services are covered, and how to enroll. In addition, the fact sheet includes Medicaid and CHIP income eligibility levels for each state. Learn more.