Education TAG Resources

Create a Supportive and Safe School Climate

  • National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
    Information tailored for states, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities focused on improving student supports and academic enrichment. (U.S. Department of Education, National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments) 
  • Safe Youth, Safe Schools
    Information to help keep youth safe throughout the school day, including as they travel to and from school, during sports and at school. (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 
  • Bullying Prevention Online Course
    Everyone engaged in addressing bullying can use this free professional development tool. (StopBullying.Gov)
  • Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention Training 
    This online module is a free, online course available to educators, school personnel, youth mentors, and others dedicated to improving teen health. It provides scenarios, interactive exercises, and information from leading experts. (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Creating and Sustaining a Thriving Youth Advisory Council - PDF 
    This guidebook describes youth experiences and best practices for developing and maintaining a youth advisory council in school-based and school-linked health centers. (University of Michigan Health System, Adolescent Health Initiative)

Strengthen or Increase Health Curricula and Activities to Support Healthy Development

  • Health and Physical Education Resources 
    A vast library of resources and tools to help guide students towards a more healthy and fit lifestyle by implementing quality physical education programming. (Society of Health and Physical Educators)
  • Youth Compendium of Physical Activities 
    This tool can be used to identify activities of interest along with the estimated energy expenditures for those activities, including participating in games, walking, and running. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research)
  • Healthy Native Youth 
    This website houses health curricula and resources that are culturally- and age-appropriate for American Indian youth. (Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board) 
  • Lesson Plan and Activity Finder
    Teachers can find lesson plans on drug use with information on brain science, prescription drugs, risk taking, and peer pressure. (HHS, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • Wellness Policies 
    This webpage has tools for forming a wellness committee, refreshing your wellness policy, and evaluating progress, as well as a model wellness policy and wellness committee toolkit. (Alliance for a Healthier Generation) 

Support Social and Emotional Development

Be a Health Resource for Students and Their Families

  • School Health Resources 
    A vast library of research and tools to support health education and health services programs.  (American School Health Association) 
  • Parents for Healthy Schools
    These resources help schools and school groups (e.g., parent teacher associations, parent teacher organizations, school wellness committees) engage parents to create healthy school environments. (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 
    These infographics provide the latest statistics and trends on teen drug use in the United States. (HHS, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • The Role of High School Teachers in Preventing Suicide 
    This resource provides information on the role of high school teachers in suicide prevention. (HHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Implement Annual Health and Safety Assessments and Coordinate with Community Efforts  

  • Healthy Schools:School Health Index
    The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 2017 is an online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It was developed in partnership with school administrators and staff, school health experts, parents, and national nongovernmental health and education agencies.  (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 
  • Threat Assessment for School Administrators and Crisis Teams 
    Information and guidance on conducting threat assessments to keep schools safe. (National Association of School Psychologists) 

Ensure Schools Are Environmentally Healthy Settings for Learning

  • Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids
    A comprehensive schools website offering an array of resources to establish, maintain, or enhance a school environmental health program. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Team Nutrition
    Team Nutrition is an initiative that supports training those in food service, educating caregivers on nutrition, and supporting schools and communities to promote healthy eating and physical activity. (USDA, Food and Nutrition Service)
  • Local School Wellness Policy Briefs
    This series of briefs can guide local educational agencies or school districts in supporting school nutrition and physical activity environments. (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Use Open Spaces to Promote Physical Activity

  • Youth Physical Activity: the Role of Schools - PDF
    A brief outlining how physical activity affects academic achievement, as well as steps that schools can take to provide time for organized and free physical activity. (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Playgrounds 
    A series of resources to help certified playground professionals and novices alike in developing and improving the safety of playgrounds. (National Recreation and Parks Association)
  • Activity-Friendly Environments 
    Tools and resources such as webinars, videos, and presentations to help practitioners, policy-makers, and others create more activity-friendly environments. Resources include measures to assess schools, parks, streets, and other neighborhood settings to see how well they support physical activity. (Active Living Research) 
  • Young People and Placemaking: Engaging Youth to Create Community Spaces 
    An article featuring examples of community spaces designed with and for youth and concrete suggestions for creating spaces for youth in your community. (Project for Public Spaces) 

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Youth Briefs

How Individualized Education Program (IEP) Transition Planning Makes a Difference for Youth with Disabilities

Youth who receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and especially young adults of transition age, should be involved in planning for life after high school as early as possible and no later than age 16. Transition services should stem from the individual youth’s needs and strengths, ensuring that planning takes into account his or her interests, preferences, and desires for the future.

Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: How Holding Early Leadership Positions Can Make a Difference

Research links early leadership with increased self-efficacy and suggests that leadership can help youth to develop decision making and interpersonal skills that support successes in the workforce and adulthood. In addition, young leaders tend to be more involved in their communities, and have lower dropout rates than their peers. Youth leaders also show considerable benefits for their communities, providing valuable insight into the needs and interests of young people

How Trained Service Professionals and Self-Advocacy Makes a Difference for Youth with Mental Health, Substance Abuse, or Co-occurring Issues

Statistics reflecting the number of youth suffering from mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders highlight the necessity for schools, families, support staff, and communities to work together to develop targeted, coordinated, and comprehensive transition plans for young people with a history of mental health needs and/or substance abuse.

Young Adults Formerly in Foster Care: Challenges and Solutions

Nearly 30,000 youth aged out of foster care in Fiscal Year 2009, which represents nine percent of the young people involved in the foster care system that year. This transition can be challenging for youth, especially youth who have grown up in the child welfare system.

Coordinating Systems to Support Transition Age Youth with Mental Health Needs

Research has demonstrated that as many as one in five children/youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Read about how coordination between public service agencies can improve treatment for these youth.

Civic Engagement Strategies for Transition Age Youth

Civic engagement has the potential to empower young adults, increase their self-determination, and give them the skills and self-confidence they need to enter the workforce. Read about one youth’s experience in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).