Build School Communities, and Support Students’ Social, Emotional, and Mental Health

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Landmark 2: Build school communities, and support students’ social, emotional, and mental health

My child is supported and set up for success

To create a strong foundation for students’ academic success we must prioritize their social, emotional and mental health. Here are some steps you can take to build school communities and support students’ social, emotional, and mental health this academic year. Below are resources from the Department of Education and across the Federal government to support this effort.

  • Assess social, emotional, mental health needs of students and staff
  • Invest in effective strategies to address social, emotional, and mental health needs of students. Provide professional development for educators and staff to address these needs
  • Invest in school counselors and mental health professionals in schools
  • Ensure restorative, equitable, and inclusive approaches to school discipline
  • Provide extracurricular opportunities to build school community and advance academic and emotional development of students

Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Resources

Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Examples from the Field

Schools and districts across the country have deployed innovative strategies to support the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students and educators. Check out a few examples below:

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