Weekly News Roundup: Mental Health Support for Student Trauma

Our team is always seeking the latest news in the field of education. As advocates for a high-quality education for ALL students, we know we have to stay up-to-date on everything that’s going on in the education spheres of our nation…from the White House to the local public school district, from new legislation to the small acts of bravery and kindness made by a single teacher, from the milestones and celebrations to the hazardous injustices affecting many of our nation’s students.

Here are the stories that had us talking this week.

In the Age of Social Media, Our Kids Need All the Mental Health Support They Can Get via Education Post

“This isn’t about those kids who need help. This isn’t about those families who need support. This is about all of our children. This is about all of our families. This is about me and mine, you and yours.” 

Arrests of 6-year-olds show the perils of putting police in primary schools via The Conversation

While the arrests of the two elementary students in Orlando are not everyday occurrences, they do reflect a body of research that suggests cops in schools – they are formally known as school resource officers, or SROs – can take what would otherwise be a routine school disciplinary situation and escalate it to a whole different level.

D.C. schools are trying to help students cope after a violent start to the academic year via The Washington Post

“Many students want to talk and share their feelings, and others want time to internally process or not process in the moment and get back to school and be around friends and staff who they know care about them and feel a sense of normalcy.”

One thing to read this weekend

This Top Gifted and Talented School Is Integrated. Is It the Future? via The New York Times 

“It doesn’t make sense that gifted and talented is so overwhelmingly white and Asian when we know there are black and brown kids who can do this, too,” said Eric Crump, the father of a black fourth-grade student, Carter, at TAG.

The loss of gifted programs in black and Hispanic neighborhoods has prompted some families to enroll their children in high-performing schools outside of their neighborhoods — decisions that in some places have exacerbated socio-economic segregation.

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