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National Community of Practice on School Behavioral Health


National organizations, state and local agencies, and technical assistance providers came together and defined eight pressing problems in school behavioral health services; now many national organizations and a wide range of State and local stakeholders and technical assistance centers are forming Practice Groups to work on these problems. Sponsors of the National Community of Practice are the IDEA Partnership funded by OSEP and housed at NASDSE and the Center for School Mental Health funded by HRSA and housed at the University of Maryland. View the Power Point Summary of the community design and the current work at: The focus of this Community is to collaboratively work across diverse stakeholders to create a shared agenda across education, mental health and families. This community operates through 10 practice groups. 12 states, 23 national organizations and 6 technical assistance centers working together in this community.

Recent Announcements

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* Join the Webinar on June 6, 2011 at 1:00pm Eastern Time - "School Based Health Centers and Academic Outcomes: New Research and Future Directions from a Seattle-Based Academic-Community Partnership"
Posted on Wednesday 18th May 2011, 6:17am by Shared Work Administrator
In collaboration with the IDEA Partnership, the Quality and Evidence Based Practice (QEBP) Practice Group will be hosting a webinar on June 6, 2011 at 1:00pm Eastern Time titled "School Based Health Centers and Academic Outcomes: New Research and Future Directions from a Seattle-Based Academic-Community Partnership". The webinar will be presented by Dr. Eric Bruns, Associate Professor, and Dr. Aaron Lyon, Postdoctoral Fellow, from the University of Washington School Medicine. They will be presenting research on the connection between school-based health center service utilization (both health and mental health services) and academic outcomes, as well as several projects that are underway to promote positive social emotional and academic outcomes via effective school-based mental health services.

Please follow these instructions to join the online meeting.
1. To join the meeting go to This allows you to view the powerpoint slides, participate in instant messaging during the webinar, and listen to the presenters talk (speakers must be turned on your computer)
2. To listen to the meeting and participate in the discussion, please call in via telephone.
Primary Dial-In: 1-800-201-2375
Alternate Dial-In: 1-469-759-7753
Passcode: 434706
3. If you are listening via telephone, please turn off your computer's speakers.
4. If you want to prepare your system ahead of time, please visit
5. To learn More about iLinc Web Conferencing at

Please feel free to forward this announcement to other individuals or organizations who may be interested in order for us to reach a larger audience

Nicole M. Evangelista, Ph.D.
Program Manager
Licensed Psychologist
University of Maryland Baltimore
Center for School Mental Health
737 W Lombard St.
Office 415
Baltimore MD 21201

* The Cradle-to-Career Solution
Posted on Monday 2nd May 2011, 8:02am by Ron Benner
The Cradle-to-Career Solution
Providing a birth-to-employment education can stop students from falling through the cracks.
By Susan McLester
May 2011

Cradle-to-career programs seek to provide children living in poverty with a high-quality birth-to-employment education through a continuum of services that include health, social and economic supports in addition to school. School-family-community partnerships and data-tracking of student progress are central to the cradle-to-career model, which asks not just educators but all community service providers to take responsibility for student outcomes in an effort to break what the Children’s Defense Fund terms the “cradle to prison pipeline” of these communities.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, US News and World Report, 60 Minutes, PBS, CNN, Oprah Winfrey and the documentary Waiting for Superman are just a few of the media channels that have repeatedly covered the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) and its CEO, Geoffrey Canada. In a 2007 campaign speech, Barack Obama held up the HCZ as a model of education reform he pledged to replicate as president. He took a first step toward doing so with 2010’s Promise Neighborhoods competitive grant initiative.

* Study Finds Social-Skills Teaching Boosts Academics
Posted on Tuesday 8th February 2011, 12:25pm by Shared Work Administrator
Study Finds Social-Skills Teaching Boosts Academics

The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions

Recent Discussions

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Thursday March 31st, 2011 2:40pm

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Monday January 10th, 2011 12:27pm

Question from CoP member: LGB youth with disabilities