BACK TO SCHOOL.
- Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities offers four tips for "easing back-to-school jitters; find it.
- Evolved.com provides a parent to-do list; find it.
- And the University of Alabama/Birmingham offers a brief article titled "Easing the Back-to-School Transition for Children with Special Needs"; find it.
SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS can be effective in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review in the September/October issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The programs deal with problems such as anxiety, behavior disorders, ADHD, and depression. The eight largest such programs have reached tens of millions of children. Read more at Science Daily. Separately, The CT Mirror notes that budget cuts in Connecticut might adversely affect gains that state has made in school mental health services; find out more.
THE G WORD is a documentary in production about giftedness, learning and high intelligence. Some of the content is drawn from Big Minds Unschool in California. Find out more about the documentary, whose producer was at the recent SENG conference.
EDUCATION LAW AND POLICY.
- We've written on the topic of reduced civil rights enforcement before, but an article at Politico notes that the current U.S. Department of Education administration is closing lots of education-related civil rights complaints. According to Politico, investigators have been told to "narrow their focus to the merits of a particular claim, rather than probing systemic issues." Read more.
- The Washington Post provides a summary of the accomplishments and agenda of the secretary of education over the past six months; find it.
- And the Associated Press recently interviewed the education secretary; find a transcript.