Make student mental health a priority

The fallout on classroom behavior and student achievement of student mental health is significant. Nearly 80% of school leaders surveyed by Communities in Schools of Chicago feel that mental health issues are having a larger impact on classes than three years ago.

To stop violence, start with the youngest children

As the prison sentences are handed down in the beating death of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert, this is also a time to reflect and question: What sparks such violence? At what age are children making critical, life-changing decisions about involvement in violent acts? How can communities— and especially schools—respond to help students?