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Results of analysis of the National Survey of Children’s Health 2011/12 showed the negative relationship between childhood trauma and school engagement as mediated by child mental health status. Physical activity was positively related to school engagement and sedentary activity was negatively related to school engagement. In addition to academic outcomes, activity had the same associations with health as measured by BMI.
Colleagues from the Home for Little Wanderers, Kara Sabalauskas and Michael Semel, recently presented results of our collaboration, “Understanding the impact of complex trauma for youth in residential care,” at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC), in Chicago, IL. The Home uses Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT) and found that it significantly improves functioning for children in the program. Over three-fourths of these children, ages 6 to 19, had experienced four or more traumas.
Just back from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, where I presented preliminary results of Open Circle implementation, “Collaboration to Enhance Whole-School Social and Emotional Learning for Elementary Students” (paper by Michelle Porche, Jennifer Grossman, Darcé Costello, Nova Biro, Nancy Mackay, and Sojourner Rivers) as part of the roundtable “Evaluating the Impact of Social and Emotional Learning Programs on School and Student Outcomes.” Results showed the success in scaling up the program and analysis continues on associations between fidelity of implementation and student outcomes.