Category: Mental Health

The Importance of School-Based Mental Health Services

The conversation around children’s mental health needs has been growing for years. There have been great advancements in neuropsychological research and neuroimaging that have improved our understanding of how our experiences affect brain chemistry and development. We now understand that exposure to chronic environmental stressors (poverty, community violence, familial disruption and instability) and the effects… Read more »

Understanding the Truth About Violence Against Teachers

violence against teachers

This blog originally ran last month on the American Psychological Association’s “Psych Learning Curve: Where Psychology and Education Connect.” APA invited NEA Healthy Futures to comment on the issue of violence against teachers and share their resources and commitment to preventing and addressing violence directed at teachers. We have all heard stories about teachers who… Read more »

10 Can’t Miss Childhood Moments

Kids blowing bubbles

April is one of my personal favorite months, and not just because I am an April baby. I happen to L-O-V-E spring — Mother Nature putting on her pretty green dress, puddle-jumping, starting seeds for my garden and dreaming of the barefoot summer days ahead. April is also National Garden Month and just a great time… Read more »

Why Growing Students Really Need More Sleep

Spring forward! My least favorite Sunday morning of the year happened this week. Sure, spring is coming and the daylight will linger in the warmer temperatures, but losing that hour can be rough for an already sleep-deprived nation. But it’s even worse for our nation’s teenagers, who already get less than the recommended hours of… Read more »

The Thursday Three: First Edition

Definition of Thurs·day Three (ˈTHərzdē ˈthrē): Three unique stories curated for educators, parents, policy makers and others passionate about education. Topics include student health and development, learning readiness, school climate and social emotional learning, and school employee wellness.

Kindness as a Gateway to…

I think it’s very easy to dismiss things like Random Acts of Kindness as frivolous, too cute or even a bit clichéd.   But I would like to offer an alternative way of thinking about it. In our 24-hour bad news cycle, cyber bullying, fat shaming and increasingly socially isolated society, practicing and teaching kindness… Read more »