Previously Featured Resources
Previously Featured Resources
EMBRACING DIVERSITY: A CASEBOOK FOR TEACHERS
Human diversity brings with it diversity in our schools. Yet, educators may not have adequate preparation to engage in culturally sensitive encounters with students and their families.  Our team decided to write a casebook that might enhance educators’ skills and knowledge in communicating and interacting effectively with students and their families who identify with different cultures.
 
The casebook is divided into chapters, each exploring a different aspect of diversity. Each chapter includes an explanation and need for cultural sensitivity, and two cases with questions for discussion. One case involves an interaction with a student, while the other case focuses on a parent-teacher interaction. The cases illustrate missteps that adults may make in their interactions with children and their families. Following each case study is a list of questions that may be used for discussion. In addition, three sections titled “What?”, “So what?”, and “Now what?” provide information and tips associated with each of the seven content areas. Finally, a resource section within each chapter includes additional resources that teachers and educators may find useful. Books, websites, and films are included in these resource sections.
 
Our casebook is designed for use in teacher preparation classes, new teacher induction, or professional development sessions in schools and youth agencies. It is our sincere hope that these initial suggestions and resources will be useful to educators as they talk about cultural influences and pursue improved practices.  Embracing Diversity: A Casebook for Teachers

First Impressions Really Do Matter: The Importance of the First Weeks of School.

This is a special issue of the Behavior Brief, a newsletter designed to
disseminate important facts about behavior and behavior management in schools. This issue discusses the importance of supportive student/teacher interactions during the first weeks of the school year. Research supports that harmful first impressions can lead to detrimental student outcomes such as disengagement, a loss of self-efficacy, and withdrawal from instruction. Included within this resource are tips designed to help teachers avoid early mistakes and create a good first impression with lasting positive effects.

To find out more about this resource and download a copy, click here. This resource can be found on the For Families, For Professionals, and For Youth pages.



Managing Medication Side Effects: A Guide for Teens.

This is a practically designed pamphlet to aid teenagers in managing the side effects of their medications. It includes information on how commonly prescribed medications may make them feel, how they can cope and the benefits they will experience from their medications. It will also include some advice on the benefits of proper nutrition. This booklet also aims to help teens better understand why their medication is important as is their compliance, medication can help them at home, school and their daily lives. Better knowledge of medications can help them become better advocates for their own health and well-being.  Lastly, it aims to reduce the stigma associated with "mental health" by providing some simple statistics and facts of how common certain disorders really are and for the adolescent to realize that he or she is not alone.

To find out more about this resource and download a copy, click here. This resource can be found on the For Families, For Professionals, and For Youth pages.


How Teachers Can Help Me: Student Self Advocacy Booklet

In this student self advocacy booklet, students with mental and behavioral health disorders are able to check off a wide variety of strategies and accomodations that they feel will be beneficial to them while in school. When using this booklet, you may want to use only selected sections, depending on the settings the student finds challenging.

To find out more about this resource and download a copy, click here. This resource can be found on the For Families, For Professionals, and For Youth pages.

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