State-wide Initiatives in New York and Ohio: Creating Positive Learning Environments

Presented by: Mark Barth, Mary Lou Rush and Cheryl Kish
Presented at: 3rd International CRE Summit
Date of Session: March 26, 2010

Session Description: The New York Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Education will share current and developing initiatives to create positive learning environments in their states. The Ohio Department of Education will highlight various risk and climate indicators and the relationships that provide powerful, empirical predictors of school and student success. The New York Department of Education will discuss the New York Social and Emotional Development and Learning (SEDL) Guidelines which encourage school districts to address children’s and adolescents’ affective development in support of their challenging academic preparations. SEDL is part of a united effort outlined in The Children’s Plan, 2008 written by New York’s nine child-service agencies. This Plan is in support of the NY Board of Regent’s Reform Agenda which views social-emotional supports and community services to students as key strategies in turning around low performing schools.