Healthy School Communities

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Raising Awareness and Reducing the Stigma of HIV: The entire senior class at Urban School in San Francisco, Calif., has taken on a group project that involves each student getting tested at school for HIV. The students hope to increase participation in and awareness of sexually active high school youth getting tested. Read more.

School-Based Health Centers Linked to Keeping Students in School: We know that students learn better when they are healthy and know that they are safe. According to the National Assembly on School-Based Health Centers, a Whole Child Partner, accessing services through school-based health centers (SBHCs) also decreases absenteeism and dropout rates and increases GPAs. In recognition of National School-Based Health Centers Awareness Month, share your story about how an SBHC has successfully helped students in your community.

Profile of the School Bully May Not Be So Obvious: A recent study suggests that the average school bully may not fit the typical descriptions that include the most popular or the biggest outcast. According to researchers at the University of California, Davis, the most common bullies tend to be students within the middle social hierarchies at school.


How Does Your School Nutrition Program Measure Up? Students and parents who take an active interest in the nutrition and quality of food that is available at school can use these guiding questions from the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools to assess their school's program. Alternatively, schools can use these same questions to guide the management of school nutrition policies and programs and solicit input from parents and students.

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Spring Is Around the Corner, Time to Plan That School Garden: The garden tool company Mantis is offering charitable organizations—including schools—a chance to be awarded a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator gardening tool, which is valued at $349. Any nonprofit gardening program may apply and up to 25 applicants will be selected. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2011.

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Announces Next Webinar (Two Sessions Available): Participate in Establishing Supportive Relationships Between Teachers, Staff, Students, and Families in one of two identical sessions this week. Space is limited. If registration is full, the center will maintain a waiting list and contact those on the list if space becomes available.

During this webinar, participants will learn

  • Why is a focus on relationships important? What is the research supporting attention to this topic?
  • What does effective relationship building look like when it's done well?
  • Who can be involved in this kind of relationship building in schools?
  • What are specific ways this can be done?
  • How do you maintain this effort over time?

Healthy School Communities is a worldwide ASCD effort to promote the integration of health and learning and the benefits of school-community collaboration. It is part of a large, multiyear plan to shift public dialogue about education from a narrow, curriculum-centric and accountability system focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes. Visit the Healthy School Communities group on ASCD EDge and share everything from ideas and solutions to common concerns.

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