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Goekler, Susan; Auld, M. Elaine; Birch, David A. – State Education Standard, 2019
Health education offers a natural curricular home for important life skills and ways students can optimize physical, social, and emotional health. Although many schools have implemented social and emotional learning (SEL), health education provides a broader framework by encompassing the connections between physical and emotional health and the…
Descriptors: Role, Health Education, State Boards of Education, Social Development
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Temkin, Deborah A.; Solomon, Bonnie J.; Katz, Emily; Steed, Heather – State Education Standard, 2019
In a healthy school environment, school staff are addressing a student's physical, emotional, and social needs in order to create the conditions for that student to learn. Creating this healthy school environment requires more than the traditional "grammar of schooling" -- a primary focus on curriculum and pedagogy--and encompasses a…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Holistic Approach, Wellness, Mental Health
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Minnich, Brian G. – State Education Standard, 2019
School leaders are feeling conflicted about their school buildings. On the one hand, they want to provide children with safe, secure spaces. On the other, they want to provide open, collaborative, and exceptional 21st century learning environments. By taking a holistic approach, they can have both. It's important to remember that many current…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, School Safety, Educational Environment, Holistic Approach
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Jones, Stephanie; Bailey, Rebecca; Kahn, Jennifer – State Education Standard, 2019
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) refers to the process through which individuals learn and apply social, emotional, behavioral, and character skills required to succeed in schooling, the workplace, relationships, and citizenship. In public discussion of SEL, not everyone can quite agree on what it is. To some, it involves a set of tools for…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Citizenship Education, Behavior
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Blanco, Megan – State Education Standard, 2019
A number of states have taken steps toward promoting student wellness, with many of their state boards of education in the middle of the action. This article contains some examples of states leading on student wellness by addressing physical fitness, social and emotional learning (SEL), and mental health supports. The Every Student Succeeds Act…
Descriptors: Wellness, Child Health, Physical Fitness, Social Development
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Hoover, Sharon A. – State Education Standard, 2019
Recognizing the effects of trauma besetting many of their students, many states, districts, and schools are revamping approaches to making schools physically and psychologically safer. Many of the steps to establish safer, more supportive schools are aligned with those needed to create trauma-responsive schools. State boards of education are…
Descriptors: Coping, School Safety, Trauma, Mental Health
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Eitland, Erika; Allen, Joseph – State Education Standard, 2019
Improving the school building may well be the most overlooked means of improving student health, safety, and academic performance. Yet in conversations about factors that lead students to academic success, only rarely does the role of the physical environment come to the fore. By downplaying the importance of the building, policymakers and parents…
Descriptors: School Buildings, Physical Environment, Role, Academic Achievement
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Goff, Jane – State Education Standard, 2019
On April 20, 1999, two Columbine High School students walked into their school midday and killed 12 students and one teacher. Twenty-one other students were injured. All that had been normal came to an abrupt end. Education leaders in Jefferson County, Colorado, quickly realized they were laying the groundwork for a new normal. Colorado's…
Descriptors: Homicide, Violence, School Safety, Crisis Management
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Wonthey, Wanda – State Education Standard, 2019
While their authority for program approval may vary from state to state, state boards of education should ensure that the secondary school career and technical education (CTE) programs are part of a continuum that prepares students for further education, training, and the workplace. By expanding apprenticeship programs, state boards can give…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, State Boards of Education, Vocational Education, State Legislation
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Perry, Alex – State Education Standard, 2019
Following the passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century (Perkins V) in the summer of 2018, state education leaders are crafting four-year plans to implement the law, which are due to the U.S. Department of Education next spring. They ought to take full advantage of the flexibilities Perkins V has to…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Vocational Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Planning
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Northern, Amber M.; Petrilli, Michael J. – State Education Standard, 2019
The 2018 reauthorization of the Perkins Act--the principal federal program supporting career and technical education (CTE)--expressly aims to "align workforce skills with labor market needs." But it does little to define or operationalize such alignment. Likewise, the Foundation for Excellence in Education admonishes states to phase out…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Alignment (Education), Labor Market, Demand Occupations
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Estes, Austin; McCain, Brianna – State Education Standard, 2019
An evolution has taken place in Career and technical education (CTE) over the past few decades. CTE students often go on to graduate high school, enroll in college, and secure high-wage employment at higher rates than their peers. Every learner should have the opportunity to benefit from CTE, but even today many students cannot access these high…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Vocational Education, Data Use, Family Involvement
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Mathers, Kathleen – State Education Standard, 2019
Significant economic shifts--spurred by rapid technological advancement and the Great Recession--fundamentally altered the path toward economic security and self-sufficiency in the United States, with major consequences for education and work. More states and communities are prioritizing career pathways that start in high school and culminate in a…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, Vocational Education, Educational Policy, Accountability
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Wise, Rachel; Blomstedt, Matt; Foor, Ryan – State Education Standard, 2019
When the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) began rethinking Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Nebraska in the early 2000s, it first developed the Nebraska Career Education Model to provide a framework for career awareness and for structuring CTE courses and programs. The model defined six major career fields: agriculture, food, and…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Career Education, Models, Career Planning
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D'Antoni, Kathy – State Education Standard, 2019
In order to provide students with demand-driven skills that will set them up for career success, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and state businesses collaborated to create the Simulated Workplace--powerful learning environments that transform the traditional classroom into student led companies that replicate real-world work…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, School Business Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Classroom Environment
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