State and local policymakers

Social and Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention

Schools using a social and emotional learning (SEL) framework can foster an overall climate of inclusion, warmth, and respect, and promote the development of core social and emotional skills among both students and staff. Because bullying prevention is entirely congruent with SEL, it can be embedded in a school's SEL framework.

Paving the way: Meeting transition needs of young people with developmental disabilities...

Paving the way: Meeting transition needs of young people with developmental disabilities and serious mental health conditions is a new report by RTC staff, Mandy Davis, Pauline Jivanjee, and Nancy Koroloff that examines best practices in services for these young people. While this population is generally underserved, the report features case studies of eight programs serving young people with dual diagnoses across the U.S. with descriptions of recommended practices.

Sexual Minority Students

Sampling of concerns facing sexual minority students and staff, including: violence, homophobia and prejudice, social and psychological issues, suicide and health, coming out. Also included are programs for supporting sexual minority students and enhancing school policy. 

School Engagement, Disengagement, Learning Supports, & School Climate

Student engagement involves not only engaging and maintaining engagement, but also re-engaging those who have disconnected from classroom instruction. For school personnel to do all this effectively, they must broaden their understanding of motivation, especially intrinsic mitivation, and the complex relationship between extrinsics and intrinsics.   Our Center continuously stresses the importance of a focus on motivation, especially intrinsic motivation, in all facets of our work.

School Dropout Prevention: A Public Health Role for Primary Health Care Providers

As the true dropout figures emerge across the nation, the crisis nature of the problem is apparent. Recent reports indicate that more than half a million young people drop out of high school each year, and the rate at which they drop out has remained about the same for the last 30 years (Dynarski, et al., 2008). The data confirm that in far too many school districts a majority of students do not have sufficient supports to enable them to succeed at school and will not graduate.

RENEW

RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural supports, Education and Work) is a community-based, person centered planning and secondary transition model for youth with emotional and behavioral disporders. Using the principles of wraparound, RENEW has helped over 300 youth in New Hampshire to finish high school, go to college and obtain employment. A project of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, RENEW is currently being implemented as the intensive level intervention in high schools that are implementing PBIS, and in community mental health centers.

Social Policy Report Brief

The Social Policy Report Brief on Making Schools Safe for Sexual-Minority and All Students is a two-page summary of a longer research report that reviews the evidence on how to create safer school environments for LGBTQ and all youth. The brief provides an overview of research on the subject and provides policy and practice recommendations that will be relevant for educators, parents and students, in addition to federal, state and local policymakers.

Professional Development of Youth Service Professionals: Why Professional Development?

Youth service professionals, including intake workers, case managers, job developers, teachers, transition coordinators, counselors, youth development group leaders, and independent living specialists, are often the first contact or 'face' of the workforce development system. They play an important role in connecting all youth to workforce preparation opportunities and support.

SaySo, Inc. (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out)

SaySo,Inc. (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) is a youth driven advocacy organization for youth ages 14-24 who are or have been in substitute care. This includes foster care, kinship care, group homes, mental health placements and others. The mission of SaySo is to work to improve the substitute care system by educating the community, speaking out about needed changes, and providing support to youth who are or have been in substitute care. The website provides information, resources and tools to help youth who are in transition.

Social Policy Report: Safe Schools Policy for LGBTQ Students

The Social Policy Report on Safe Schools for LGBTQ students provides an extensive review of the research evidence on creating safe schools for LGBTQ students. The report makes policy and practice recommendations that will be relevant for educators, parents and students, in addition to federal, state and local policymakers.