February News

Teachers Seeking Supports Stress That the Sheer Number of Students Needing Help is Overwhelming

It has long been evident that teachers left to work alone often feel overwhelmed and unable to find the time to improve their practices because the sheer number of students needing help is overwhelming. This resource lists some ways schools have countered these challenges, but more needs to be done. Because meeting teacher needs is essential to meeting student needs, let’s make 2022 the year when teachers are no longer expected to carry the brunt of efforts to reduce the opportunity and achievement gaps that plague too many schools.

Teachers Seeking Supports Stress That the Sheer Number of Students Needing Help is Overwhelming

Too Many Students Are Not Doing Well: What Schools Need to Do to Help Them Succeed This Year

The Covid 19 pandemic has created such a disruption that many students have yet to make a good adjustment to this school year. Too many students remain disconnected from instruction and too many are absent. Schools need to rethink how they are addressing barriers to learning and teaching and improve their approach to reengaging disconnected students and their families.

Because such a transformation entails fundamental systemic changes, the Center for MH & Student/Learning Supports at UCLA has prepared, and is circulating, the following free books that can be accessed at

Too Many Students Are Not Doing Well: What Schools Need to Do to Help Them Succeed This Year

Education, Skills and Learning: Core Soft Skills

According to a World Economic Forum Report published in 2020, by the year 2025, the top 10 skills in terms of prominence in the job market are soft skills, including creativity, leadership, flexibility, complex problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration. Having these skills will be crucial for people in order for them to become better able to adapt to the changing needs of future jobs. Learning soft skills should start early in basic education, then refined at colleges and universities, and, ideally, continue during lifelong learning as an adult.

Education, Skills and Learning: Core Soft Skills

7 Skills Employees Will Need to Thrive in the New Workforce

Over the past decade, people-oriented competencies have been valued by employers. Then the Covid 19 pandemic came and further changed what employers want from employees. In order to keep up with the ever-changing recruiting landscape, applicants may need to brush up on just what kind of skills employers are looking for. This article briefly discusses the competencies that will be important to organizations in the decade ahead, including critical thinking, learning agility, digital dexterity, building relationships, embracing diversity, resilience and change orientation. May 20, 2021.

7 Skills Employees Will Need to Thrive in the New Workforce

Training for a Post-Pandemic Economy: The Role of America’s Community College System

The Covid 19 pandemic has disrupted education and training programs. At the same time, many unemployed workers are struggling to re-connect to the labor force as we exit the pandemic. The Community College System is playing a central role as career evaluation and re-engagement draws people into new career pathways. In this episode of the podcast Talent Talks, Josh Wyner, founder and executive director of the College Excellence Program (CEP) at the Aspen Institute, discusses the challenges and disruption caused by the Covid 19 pandemic when it comes to training and education and how community colleges have pivoted to meet those challenges. Wyner also explains why it’s necessary for college leaders to adopt a “3.0 Mindset.” January 19, 2022.

Training for a Post-Pandemic Economy: The Role of America’s Community College System

Countering LD and ADHD False Positive Diagnoses: Another Pandemic Challenge

Countering LD and ADHD False Positive Diagnoses:  Another Pandemic Challenge

Schools are seeing more students with learning, emotional and behavioral problems as a result of Covid 19. Kids come to school anxious, depressed, stressed and lagging behind academically. Schools are cautioned about misdiagnosing students with either a learning disability or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, two of the most common learning and behavior problems. Educators need to be aware that the problems manifested at school by most youngsters at this time tend not to be rooted primarily in personal pathology. This article highlights the challenge for schools by (1) underscoring the problem, (2) suggesting an alternative way of categorizing learning and behavior problems, and (3) exploring how schools can stem the tide of false positive diagnoses.

We are excited that JAKAPA can help students become engaged in their education and work on improving their executive functioning skills.

Countering LD and ADHD False Positive Diagnoses: Another Pandemic Challenge

Seven Ways to Ensure Students Bring Their Whole Selves into the Classroom

The following link provides an excerpt from Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success by Christopher Emdin. Ratchetdemic is an alternative educational model that encourages educators to provide spaces for students to display their academic brilliance without sacrificing their identities. Ratchetdemic, or both ratchet and academic, can empower students to embrace themselves, their backgrounds, and their education as parts of a whole, not disparate identities. October 7, 2021.

Seven Ways to Ensure Students Bring Their Whole Selves into the Classroom

A New Approach to Look Beyond Academic Learning

Over the last few years, there has been increased research on social and emotional skill development and how they complement academic learning, individual success and social functioning. Results from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Survey on Social and Emotional Skills (SSES)is one of the first international efforts to collect data from students, parents and teachers on the social and emotional skills of students at ages 10 and 15. This article summarizes some of the first results from this survey and outlines why it is important for education systems to strive for a holistic development of their students. September 7, 2021.

A New Approach to Look Beyond Academic Learning