Principal March/April 2015: Mental Health & Well-being

Principals know that in order for students to learn, they have to consider the whole child. And a huge part of that consideration is students' mental health and well-being. Whether it's dealing with student grief, behavioral issues, or simply making schools safe and comfortable, principals can have a meaningful impact on their students' wellness. This issue of Principal presents the latest thinking on, as well as practical strategies for, addressing student mental health. As always, a wide array of Web resources is available for readers to supplement these articles on principal leadership.

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Mental Health Matters
School counselors and psychologists map out an integrated system of support.

Address Trauma With Calm, Consistent Care
Pete Hall and Kristin Souers
Strategies to help educators avoid burnout while keeping students learning-ready.

Grief Support Is on the Way
David J. Schonfeld and Thomas Demaria
New resources to help your school overcome barriers to supporting grieving students.

When Students Act Out
Tess Johnston, Kristy Snyder, and Christopher Wooleyhand
Six practices for supporting students with challenging behaviors.


Smoothing the Transition to Kindergarten
Anthony J. Sparano, Jr.
A Pennsylvania school district engages area preschools and day care providers to establish a foundation of learning for students before they enter kindergarten.

Making Rounds Work
Lee Teitel
Instructional rounds engage teachers in prescribing school improvement solutions.


From the Editor
Support for All
—Kaylen Tucker

Modern classrooms, quick PD, schoolwide recognition

Best Practice
Museum Visits Can Bolster School Curriculum
—Karen McChesney Johnson

Parents & Schools
Engaging Dads: A Win-Win Effort

—Dina G. Wert

Practitioner’s Corner
3 Essentials to Motivate and Retain Veteran Teachers
—Roger Vanderhye

Raising the Bar
Fab Labs FAQs
—Amy Torok Mendel and Tim Rice

The Reflective Principal
A Call for a Kinder Kindergarten

—Wendy Crawford

Speaking Up
Vouchers: A Principal’s Take
—Mark A. Kern

Principal’s Bookshelf
Awaken the Learner: Finding the Source of Effective Education
By Darrell Scott and Robert J. Marzano
—Reviewed by Sylvia Zircher

It’s the Law
LGBT Students
—Perry A. Zirkel

Keeping Schools a Safe Haven
—Gail Connelly