March News

10 Strategies For Supporting Autistic Learners In Middle and High School

This author offers 10 tips and strategies to support middle and high school autistic learners, but says these tips can be great for anyone working with older students. JAKAPA can help all students develop the life skills they need to be ready for life. Contact us so we can explain how! March 2, 2022.

10 Strategies For Supporting Autistic Learners In Middle and High School

We Must Transform How Schools Address Barriers to Learning

An increasing number of students are coming to school with learning, behavior and emotional problems. To address these needs, researchers from the national Center for MH in Schools & Student/Learning Supports at UCLA recommend that the various programs, services, initiatives, and strategies that schools use be grouped into six arenas of classroom and schoolwide student and learning support to help clarify what supports are needed in and out of the classroom to enable effective teaching and engaged student learning. JAKAPA can help students become engaged in school and their future by using self and peer assessments to help them set goals and gain skills. February 28, 2022.

We Must Transform How Schools Address Barriers to Learning

Bibliotherapy for Youth and Adolescents—School-Based Application and Research

Bibliotherapy in the elementary, middle, and high-school classroom is used to foster healthy social and emotional growth in children and young adults to develop insight, a deeper understanding of self, solutions to personal problems, development of life skills, or enhanced self-image. The focus of this article is on how bibliotherapy can be used to address students' specific issues ranging from mild behavioral issues to physical and psychosocial conditions. JAKAPA can supplement bibliotherapy in the classroom by taking students on a journey of self-discovery to improve psychological well-being.

February 14, 2013.

Bibliotherapy for Youth and Adolescents—School-Based Application and Research

PROOF POINTS: Many Young Adults Choose Work Over College, Report Shows

Many were not surprised when there was a decline in college enrollment during the last two year of the Covid pandemic, but it was a surprise that after colleges resumed in-person learning in the fall of 2021 that enrollment numbers did not return to pre-pandemic levels. In fact, even fewer students showed up than during the worst months of the pandemic in the fall of 2020. This is especially true of low-income young adults who appear to be going to work instead of going to college, in part due to rising wages and the need to support their families through hard times. The big question is, “ Will some of the students we’ve lost in the last two years come back to college, and, if so, when?” Regardless of whether students choose work over college, JAKAPA can help students get career ready with a focus on soft skills development. November 21, 2021.

PROOF POINTS: Many Young Adults Choose Work Over College, Report Shows

College Students in the Western World are Becoming Less Emotionally Intelligent: A Cross-Temporal Meta-Analysis of Trait Emotional Intelligence

A study published last year examined the emotional intelligence (EI) of college students in western society over the last two decades and found that the digital landscape and/or the rise of individualism did not change overall trait EI, however, the trait EI domains "well-being," "self-control," and "emotionality" demonstrated significant decreases with time. JAKAPA can provide SEL strategies to college students for better behavioral, social and academic outcomes. April 29, 2021.

College Students in the Western World are Becoming Less Emotionally Intelligent: A Cross-Temporal Meta-Analysis of Trait Emotional Intelligence

5 Things That Are Motivating Students Even More Than Good Grades

According to a 2021-2022 State of Engagement report by GoGuardian, the following outcomes are most important when motivating students to be engaged in a lesson or project: 

  1. Creativity and self-expression
  2. Academic engagement
  3. Curiosity and lifelong learning
  4. Critical thinking
  5. Social-emotional well-being (tied with conceptual understanding).

JAKAPA can help students develop self-awareness and increase skills in five domains (self-management, innovation, emotional resilience, social engagement, and cooperation) with assessments and activities that directly connect to the above five outcomes that are motivating to them. February 8, 2022.

5 Things That Are Motivating Students Even More Than Good Grades

Why The Skills Gap Is Still Growing

Skills gap in the workforce affects productivity and costs employers money and that is a recipe for bad business. Many business leaders do not have a well-defined strategy to identify and address the skills gap hindering their workforce’s potential. In order to have a clear vision for how their workforce needs to change and grow, companies need to invest in skills planning. Skills planning starts by tracking data on their employees’ current skills and capabilities. By knowing their employees' strengths and weaknesses for both hard and soft skills, businesses are equipped with a data-driven foundation to efficiently develop an action plan to make effective business decisions. JAKAPA can help determine the SEL and executive functioning workplace skills needed in your business and then provide resources to employees that can help improve these needed skills. June 11, 2019.

Why The Skills Gap Is Still Growing