Student connectedness vital to their school success
Research has demonstrated the link between student belonging (or connectedness or engagement) and their staying in school, academic success AND their positive and resilient mental health.
British Columbia has devoted a lot of resources to this, see the links below:
- British Columbia. Joint Consortium for School Health. (2010). Schools as a setting for promoting positive mental health: Better practices and perspectives. Retrieved from http://www.jcsh-cces.ca/upload/JCSH%20Positive%20Mental%20Health%20Perspectives%20Better%20Practices.PDF
- British Columbia. Healthy Schools. (2016). School connectedness: Creating trusting and caring relationships. Retrieved from http://www.healthyschoolsbc.ca/news/1/healthy-school-news/2378/school-connectedness-creating-trusting-and-caring-relationships/
- British Columbia. Healthy Schools. (n.d.). School connectedness: Action guide. Retrieved from http://healthyschoolsbc.ca/media/22187/sc-action-guide-final.pdf
See also these resources from the US-CDC:
- Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Adolescent and School Health. School Connectedness. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/protective/connectedness.htm
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009). Fostering school connectedness. Improving student health and academic achievement. information for school districts and school administrators. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/protective/pdf/connectedness_administrators.pdf
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009). Fostering school connectedness. Improving student health and academic achievement.Information for teachers and other school staff. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/protective/pdf/connectedness_teachers.pdf
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009). School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/protective/pdf/connectedness.pdf
The following is a research report created by the TDSB Research Department:
- Parekh, G., & Underwood, K. (2015). Inclusion: Creating school and classroom communities where everyone belongs. Research, tips, and tools for educators and administrators. (Research Report No. 15/16‐09). Toronto, ON: Toronto District School Board. Retrieved from http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/research/docs/reports/Inclusion_Creating%20Classroom%20and%20School%20Communities.pdf
TDSB teachers may contact the Professional Library for additional information (416) 395-8289 or email email@example.com OR you can check out a short list of resources in the followng Google doc https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XtePRyosZ1ZmASuvMM6uADKxLFbEhWkLV9DrklItUjM/edit Open the doucment using your TDSB google email and not your person gmail.
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