Announcements

Posted: May 9, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance

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).

Posted: May 9, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance

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.

Posted: May 9, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences

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.

Posted: May 9, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
World Health Organization

This publication describes the global impact of the environment on children’s health and provides a framework for creating sustainable environments and reducing the exposure of children to modifiable environmental hazards. Learn more.

Posted: May 9, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health

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). 

Posted: May 9, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics

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.

Posted: May 9, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Environmental Protection Agency

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.

Posted: May 9, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Posted: May 8, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau

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.

Posted: April 18, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

This helpline provides accessible safety planning, crisis counseling, and culturally relevant referrals for Native survivors of domestic and dating violence. Developed by FYSB’s Family Youth Prevention and Services Program, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, this hotline is the first to provide culturally-appropriate, anonymous, confidential service specifically for Native American survivors. The helpline is 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) and is operational 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday. Learn more.

Posted: April 18, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau

This report from the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides state-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System on reports of abuse and neglect made to child protective services (CPS) agencies, the children involved, types of maltreatment, CPS responses, child and caregiver risk factors, services, and perpetrators. Learn more.

Posted: April 18, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

This report (PDF, 21 pages) highlights the nexus between domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking. Developed by FYSB’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA) and the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, the report shares information and recommendations from a roundtable hosted by FVPSA. The roundtable addressed models and strategies to deliver survivor-centered, trauma-informed services, policies that sustain coordination, and capacity building across federal, state, national, and local agencies and systems. Learn more (PDF, 21 pages). 

Posted: April 18, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

This resource (PDF, 4 pages) includes questions that can help communities assess their progress toward USICH’s benchmarks for reaching the goal of ending youth homelessness. Learn more (PDF, 4 pages). 

Posted: April 18, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

This technical assistance brief provides recommendations for successful family engagement within a juvenile drug treatment court program. Prepared by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the brief also includes a self-assessment tool and descriptions of two juvenile drug treatment courts that demonstrate a strong commitment to family engagement. Professionals working in juvenile drug treatment courts can use this brief to assess their current levels of family engagement and enhance their efforts to engage families. Learn more.

Posted: April 18, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

This toolkit describes evidence-based and promising models that span the HIV care continuum, as well as ideas for identifying and adapting interventions for people at risk for and living with HIV in rural communities. Developed by HRSA’s Rural Health Information Hub, this toolkit can help organizations in rural communities learn how to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain rural HIV/AIDS programs. Learn more.

Posted: April 18, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health

These profiles describe the programs of 25 PAF grantees working in 17 states and with two tribes. Communities can use this information to evaluate what strategies may be successful in their settings. Learn more.

Posted: April 18, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This website guides local leaders and stakeholders through the process of establishing a School Responder Mode (SRM), a behavioral health response to school infractions that provides an alternative to exclusionary school discipline and justice system referral. Launched by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, this site outlines key steps in setting up a successful SRM and provides tools and resources to implement an SRM and gauge its progress. Learn more.

Posted: April 18, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice

This report (PDF, 18 pages) by NORC at the University of Chicago describes a study that measured the nature and scope of teen dating violence, including who perpetrates such violence and who has been victimized. The study found that approximately two thirds of youth who were in a relationship, or had been in one in the past year, reported they had been victimized (69%) or perpetrated violence (63%). Learn more (PDF, 18 pages). 

Posted: April 18, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This fact sheet describes the specific bullying prevention needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities and highlights effective school-based anti-bullying prevention strategies for this population. Developed by SAMHSA’s Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center, school professionals who work with youth in Indian Country can use this fact sheet to prevent, address, and respond to bullying through culture-based interventions. Learn more.

Posted: April 18, 2017
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

This policy guidance (PDF, 13 pages) describes some of the unmet challenges that system-involved youth and their families may face, and explores the potential impact of their engagement on the outcomes for youth at all points in the juvenile justice system. The guidance also describes OJJDP’s commitment to strengthening partnerships to effectively engage youth and their families and offers focus areas for states, tribes, and communities. Learn more (PDF, 13 pages).