School Climate News: Social Emotional Learning, Bullied Student Reflects, Training, and Help for Parents

SSTAC 2018

School Climate News

Your Go-To Source on Bullying Prevention and Safe, Supportive Schools in Minnesota

April 2018

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Center Releases Social Emotional Learning Tools to Help Improve School Climate and Prevent Bullying 

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Social Emotional Learning Helps Students Succeed in School and Life 

The School Safety Technical Assistance Center has developed and released a toolkit of resources to help Minnesota schools better support students’ mental and emotional health, prevent bullying, and improve school climate. Our new resources will help schools put in place proven strategies to develop students’ social and emotional skills, which improve students’ capacity to learn and boost student academic achievement.

Use the Social and Emotional Learning Implementation Guidance and resources.

School Climate Improvement News 

Jake Ross

Once-Bullied Teen Reflects on Importance of Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act

On April 9, 2014, 11-year-old Minnesota student Jake Ross stood beside Governor Mark Dayton as he signed the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law. Jake spent two years advocating for the anti-bullying law until it was signed. To mark the fourth anniversary of the law’s signing, 15-year-old Jake Ross reflects on the importance of the law.

Read Jake Ross' Blog Post.

Learn How to Investigate and Respond to Bullying

The center is offering two Bullying and Harassment Investigation Trainings: From Complaint Intake to Investigation on May 7 and May 11. They are designed to help schools and charter schools meet the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act requirements.

Learn more and register for the Bullying and Harassment Investigation Trainings

Register Now for June Restorative Practices in Schools Trainings

The center is offering Restorative Practices in Schools trainings in Cloquet, Bemidji and Crystal this June. Schools can use restorative practices to improve school climate and reduce discipline disparities. The trainings are open to school administrators, teachers, school resource officers, student support staff, out-of-school time staff, youth workers, school volunteers and community partners.

Learn more and register for the Restorative Practices in Schools Trainings.

Other Upcoming Events and Training

Tools You Can Use

Child Bullied? The Resource Every Parent Needs 

Your child comes home from school and tells you they’ve been bullied. What do you do? After comforting and listening to your child, it can be daunting to decide what action to take next. Don't worry. We’ve got your back with our step-by-step resource How to Work with the School to Address Bullying

education.mn.gov/safeschools