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Preparing for the unthinkable: School safety after Sandy Hook

The keys to developing comprehensive school safety plans are research and time, two factors that may be in short supply as governance boards feel public pressure to respond quickly to the awful events at Sandy Hook Elementary.

In This Issue

A conversation with... Nadine Burke-Harris, M.D.

Co-founder, Center for Youth Wellness

Researchers and physicians like Nadine Burke-Harris, M.D., a San Francisco-based pediatrician, are studying the link between trauma and disease, and seeing connections that have far-reaching implications for schools.

How can boards provide leadership and funding for summer programs?

This article is adapted from an online-only summer learning series prepared by the California School Boards Association’s Member Services Department with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.


Executive Director's note: From star thrower to star catcher

The plight of foster youth in our state, and the efforts to help them academically, remind me of the famous essay called “The Star Thrower,” also known as the Starfish Story.

Editor's note: Thanks for reading—or e-reading!

Thank you—more than ever—for all you do for California schools and children, and thanks for reading—or e-reading!

Boardwise: Is there a best way to disagree?

How does the concept of constructive conflict fit with the work of boards. Is there a "best" way to disagree?

Conditions of children: A pillar of CSBA’s Policy Platform

CSBA’s Policy Platform provides a broad policy framework for implementing the association’s mission to set the agenda for the public schools and students of California. It guides the association in its policy and political leadership activities, as well as in its partnerships, research efforts, and working with the media and the public.

Class act: CARE: Escondido Union SD and county collaborate

Recognizing that students’ emotional and mental health has a profound effect on their academic progress, the Escondido Union School District looked for ways to bring mental health services to campus, where the students who needed them spent most of their days.

Class act: WOOF: Moving past old problems to future success

In close collaboration with staff at the Boys & Girls Club of the Sequoias, reformers devised a three-pronged strategy that focused on academic intervention and enrichment, life skills development and job and career preparedness.