The pandemic has touched many students with heightened stress, disruptions and remote learning hurdles, but experts say it may have the greatest impact on the youngest learners, those in the formative years of learning to read. Creating a language-rich environment on Zoom has been hard for teachers, and that may impact reluctant readers, who may not spend enough time reading at home.
Here’s a guide to Individualized Education Programs, 504 plans and other aspects of special education. Each year, a greater percentage of students in California qualify for special education. Last year, about 13% of students in California’s K-12 public schools received individualized services for special needs, up from about 10% in the early 2000s. Navigating the special education landscape can be daunting for parents trying to get the best education for their children.
As a teacher, you may be the one person in a student’s life with whom they feel safe to talk about their thoughts of suicide. Educators often worry they will not know the right thing to say. The following guidance may help you feel more comfortable talking about suicide.
How can you provide support when a student demonstrates signs or talks about suicide? Watch this video from the DMH + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence to learn tips for approaching delicate conversations regarding suicide prevention. Additional resources can be accessed at learn.wellbeing4la.org.
In this video, DMH + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence Trainer and Curriculum Developer, Domenique Harrison, MA, MPH interviewsDr. John Piacentini from the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety and Resilience Education and Support (CARES), on the ways teachers, parents/caregivers, and students can learn to identify and respond to anxiety symptoms and provides strategies to help combat stress.