STUDENT SUPPORTS & STUDENT SERVICES onviolent schools create community. They motivate all students toward their own success and help them understand their intrinsic value. Climate improves when young people receive individualized attention, and when they don’t fall through the cracks. Resources and personnel must be in place to increase personalization and ensure stable, strong bonds between students and staff members. Young people can and should be empowered to assist each other to achieve. Nonviolent schools are genuine “community schools.” They address multiple needs in students’ lives. • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Institute youth-created peer mentoring programs in middle and high schools that pair older students with younger students who need to get on track. Engage every student in middle school and high school in creating a personal achievement plan. CNS SUCCESS: Train bilingual counseling assistants as quality interpreters. Provide adequate interpretation and translation for ELL students. Allocate one counselor for every 100 students. Counselors can assist students with their personal achievement plans. Create a school-by-school audit of student needs to determine services needed. Incorporate community-led anti-oppression and anti-bias learning for school staff to better identify and respond to bias. Connect students to programs that provide college access and career preparation. Disciplinary schools should have grade appropriate curriculum that holds students to the same standards as traditional public schools. Ensure that every school has a balance of new and more experienced teachers. Shift toward smaller learning environments – smaller schools, small learning communities and schools within a school of no more than 250 students. Empower local school councils at all schools that can act as liaisons for community service opportunities as well as community-led training. Use data from school audits to reallocate resources toward behavioral, physical, and emotional health professionals.
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