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June 20, 2018

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 Prevention e-Digest

The National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth (NDTAC) Prevention e-Digest addresses issues that touch on schools, communities, courts and law enforcement in support of students who are at-risk for entering or re-entering the juvenile justice system. Regular contents include news from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice and other partner agencies, salient research articles, examples of effective field practices, announcements submitted by subscribers, and relevant upcoming events. The Prevention e-Digest also highlights NDTAC resources and the availability of ongoing services, including technical assistance, products, and tools.
OJJDP Adds Court Data to Statistical Briefing Book
OJJDP has updated its Statistical Briefing Book to include national estimates of delinquency and petitioned status offense cases processed in juvenile courts through 2015.
Access the full list of Data Snapshots and Data Analysis Tools available from the Statistical Briefing Book.
Learn more about the OJJDP-sponsored National Juvenile Court Data Archive .
Keep up with the Statistical Briefing Book on Twitter .
OJJDP Announces New Funding Opportunities
OJJDP has announced the following fiscal year 2018 funding opportunities:
Funding Opportunity
Application Due
June 25, 2018
June 28, 2018
June 22, 2018
July 2, 2018
July 2, 2018
July 2, 2018
Visit the funding page for details about this and other OJJDP funding opportunities.
2015 Juvenile Court Statistics
The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) has released Juvenile Court Statistics 2015 . The report describes delinquency cases and petitioned status offense cases that courts with juvenile jurisdiction processed in 2015 and presents trends since 2005. Data include case counts and rates, detailed by juvenile demographics and offenses charged. In 2015, courts with juvenile jurisdictions handled an estimated 884,900 delinquency cases and an estimated 100,000 petitioned status offense cases. The report draws on data from the OJJDP-sponsored National Juvenile Court Data Archive .
See OJJDP's Statistical Briefing Book for additional information on juvenile court case processing.

Improving Life Outcomes for Children With a History of Mental Health Challenges and Trauma
SAMHSA announces the release of a new report, Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences , which shows that nearly half of the nation's children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Children and youth who have experienced traumatic events are at risk of developing serious emotional disturbances or serious mental illness. Evaluation data in the report shows that after one year of treatment:
  • Rates of suicidal thoughts among youth who experienced trauma and received treatment through systems of care reduced 68 percent, and suicide attempts reduced 78 percent.
  • Displays of externalizing behaviors (not following rules, exhibiting aggressive behavior, or expressing behaviors that are difficult to manage) reduced 17 percent.
  • Internalizing symptoms such as withdrawing from others and being anxious or depressed reduced 22 percent.
Read more about the report .
Access the report.

Spring Issue of AMBER Advocate Newsletter
OJJDP has released the Spring 2018 issue of The AMBER Advocate newsletter. This issue features articles on: AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program Administrator Jim Walters' vision for the future of child protection; Faces of the AMBER Alert Network; The role an Idaho AMBER Alert played in the recovery of two sisters; AMBER Alert in Indian Country; and AMBER Alert in international news.
The report draws on data from the OJJDP-sponsored National Juvenile Court Data Archive . Access previous issues of the newsletter.
Learn more about the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program , funded by OJJDP.
Learn more about the AMBER Alert program.
Find AMBER Alert on Facebook.

SEL Trends: Reorganizing District Central Offices
This Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) brief spotlights an emerging trend in the field of social and emotional learning: school districts reorganizing their central offices to reflect the need to integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) with academics, including professional development and teaching and learning. In particular, it provides context on this trend and then describes the approaches of three districts.

Access the brief.

Seize the Data Opportunity in California:
Using Chronic Absence to Improve Educational Outcomes
In this report, Seize the Data Opportunity in California: Using Chronic Absence to Improve Educational Outcomes , produced in collaboration with the Center for Regional Change, University of California Davis, and Children Now, analyzes chronic absence data recently released by the California Department of Education through its DataQuest portal. The report includes recommendations that key stakeholders - students and families, school leaders, community agencies and partners, district leaders, school board members, research institutions and the California Department of Education - can take to turn around chronic absence.
Download the report.

Communities in Schools (CIS) 2018 National Report
Communities in Schools (CIS) focuses on chronic absenteeism in its 2018 National Report. Because of its presence inside schools, Communities in Schools can bring districts, teachers, parents, nonprofits and community leaders together to put solutions in place. The report includes state profiles showing CIS involvement with more than 2,300 schools throughout the country.
Read the report .
Our SEL Journey: One School's Approach to Rethinking Advisory
The Association of Middle Level Educators recently posted a blog written by school leaders describe their experience in reinventing their advisory period.  Specifically, they describe how they developed a new approach, their challenges and successes once they got it underway, and plans for the future.
Access the blog post.

Responding to Interactive Troubles-Implications for School Culture

Lund, G., Winslade, JM. (2018). Wisdom in Education .

A Review of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports as A Framework for Reducing Disciplinary Exclusions

Gage, NA., Whitford, DK., Katsivannis, A. (2018). The Journal of Special Education.

Leadership: Reducing suspensions or building relationships? Reframing the problem

Starr, J.P. (2018). Phi Delta Kappan.

Community Approaches for Addressing Crime and Violence: Prevention, Intervention, and Restoration 

Soska, T.M., Ohmer, M.L. (2018). Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations in the 21st Century.

Educational and Emotional Health Outcomes in Adolescence Following Maltreatment in Early Childhood: A Population-Based Study of Protective Factors

Khambati, N., Mahedy, L., Heron, J., Emond, A. (2018). Child Abuse and Neglect.
Winslade, J.M. (2018). Wisdom in Education.  
Understanding Youth-Initiated Mentoring and How to Employ this Strategy with Today's Youth Webinar
June 21, 2018 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Youth-initiated mentoring is gaining momentum throughout the country. It involves engaging non-parental adults from young people's own social networks to serve as mentors. In this webinar, part of the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, which is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the National Mentoring Resource Center and facilitated in partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, panelists will discuss key elements of this practice as well as challenges youth-initiated programs experience and assets they possess. In particular, panelists will discuss what the research says about this innovative practice, how to support young people as they identify and contact a mentor, and the challenges that arise when the relationship transforms from informal to purposeful and goal-oriented. Hear from a leading researcher in the field of youth-initiated mentoring, a mentoring affiliate in how they support this practice, and a mentoring program representative.
  • Sarah Schwartz, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Suffolk University
  • Melissa Beagley - Mentoring Services Coordinator, Midlands Mentoring Partnership
  • Ellie Cuifalo - Youth Mentor Program Coordinator, Klingberg Family Centers
Register for the webinar.
The 2018 National Social Emotional Learning Conference
June 27-29, 2018
Nashville, TN
With more than 70 unique workshops and empowering plenaries, participants will learn from peers and experts from around the country. Content tracks will include SEL & academic integration, equity & diversity promotion, embedding mental health & trauma-informed practices, parents & stakeholders engagement, and policy, practice & systemic change.
View conference details here .

Supporting the Well-Being of System-Involved LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program
October 22-26, 2018
Georgetown University
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) is now accepting applications through July 13th, for the  Supporting the Well-Being of System-Involved LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program , which will be held October 22-26, 2018 at Georgetown University. This year CJJR has partnered with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Ceres Policy Research to provide a weeklong training focused on effective policy and practice reforms that promote positive youth development and take a holistic approach to addressing the needs of LGBTQ youth in child-serving systems.
View the  curriculum  and  apply  to the LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program by July 13, 2018.
Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program.
November 5-9, 2018
Georgetown University
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) is accepting applications through July 27th for the  Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program .  The training will be held at Georgetown University from November 5-9, 2018 in partnership with the Center for Children's Law and Policy, and will help jurisdictions identify the most promising areas for reform at key juvenile justice system decision points, including arrest, referral, diversion, detention, disposition and post-disposition. The training will also address specific strategies to reduce overrepresentation and address disparities at those decision points.
Learn more  and  apply  to the RED Certificate Program by July 27, 2018.
Registration Open for National Symposium on Juvenile Services
October 22-25, 2018
Greensboro, NC
On October 22-25, 2018, the National Partnership for Juvenile Services will host its 24th National Symposium on Juvenile Services in Greensboro, NC. This event will bring together juvenile and human services leadership and professionals for training and the opportunity to share program approaches being implemented within the juvenile justice system nationwide. OJJDP staff and grantees will present at the event.
Learn more and register to attend this event.
Email questions to or call 859-333-2584.
Archived Webinars
Building a Comprehensive System of Student Supports
May 29, 2018
To efficiently implement the strategies and interventions, as well as ensure students, especially those at risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system, do not fall between the cracks, schools and districts are increasingly working to create a comprehensive system of student supports that integrates policies and practices. The webinar included insightful presentations on:
  • Learning what a comprehensive system of student supports is;
  • Understanding how building a comprehensive system of student supports can help as you rethink discipline; and
  • Reflections, perspectives and lessons learned from the Austin Independent School District in Texas.
  • Greta Colombi, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research
  • Jane Ross, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Department of SEL & Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Austin Independent School District
  • Peter Price, Ph.D., Director, SEL & Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Austin Independent School District
Visit the SSDCoP website to access the archived recording and additional resources from the Austin Independent School District in Texas.
Team Up for Attendance:  Working Together Matters
May 8, 2018
Teaming up for attendance is critical to reducing chronic absence! What are the secret ingredients that strong schools use to improve attendance? And how do their districts and community partners support their work? Our second 2018 Attendance Awareness Campaign webinar featured speakers from Antioch, California, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Children's Aid National Center for Community Schools who shared their recipes for success. 
  • Ayeola Fortune, United Way Worldwide
  • Lukas Weinstein, Senior Director of Regional Initiatives, Children's Aid National Center for Community Schools
  • Daphne Strader, Director of Coordinated School Health, Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Dolores Espinosa, Assistant Principal, Lavaland Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Lindsay Wisely, Principal, Antioch Middle School
  • Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works

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The contents of the Prevention e-Digest are assembled under a contract from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education to the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Contract Number ED-ESE-10-O-0103. The contents of this e-digest do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the U.S. Department of Education, nor do they imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education.