Episode 12: Starting the Conversation about Race, Equality, and Bias in Schools

CHRIS LEONARD: Welcome to our podcast: Conversations About Student Mental Health. I’m Chris Leonard, clinical social worker working with adolescents for over 25 years. In this podcast, I talk with school administrators, educators, clinicians and parents to open a dialogue that will help the growing number of students struggling with mental illness. During the past year, three issues have dominated […]

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Are you feeling incompetent lately?

As educators and administrators, we all have our lesson plans and strategic plans. But oftentimes, reality challenges our plans. This is certainly one of those times. During COVID we find ourselves operating in a condition that we did not think we were signing up for, but as always we must meet the challenge. Silently, many of us are wrestling with […]

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Motivational Strategies in the Classroom (Live or Virtual)

The right motivators can help to engage students When students are failing to complete work, falling behind, and even failing to show up for class, it can be challenging to figure out what’s wrong and how to turn things around. COVID has magnified the problem: absenteeism rates have doubled (now averaging 10 percent) since the pandemic began, according to Education Week. […]

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The State of Student Mental Health in NJ School Districts

As schools adopt new teaching models and attempt to address learning loss, we all face a major obstacle: growing student mental health issues that interfere with learning. Understanding the challenges is the first step to overcoming them. That’s why we recently surveyed New Jersey school districts to quantify the scope of student mental health issues. The results highlight the impact […]

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Episode 11: Nancy Sulla on Engaging Students in a Hybrid Learning Environment

Welcome to our podcast: Conversations About Student Mental Health. I’m Chris Leonard, Clinical Social Worker working with adolescents for over 25 years. In this podcast, I talk with school administrators, educators, clinicians, and parents to open a dialogue that will help the growing number of students struggling with mental illness. Chris Leonard: Welcome back to Conversations About Student Mental Health. […]

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Episode 10: Dealing With Grief

Welcome to our podcast: Conversations About Student Mental Health. I’m Chris Leonard, Clinical Social Worker working with adolescents for over 25 years. In this podcast, I talk with school administrators, educators, clinicians, and parents to open a dialogue that will help the growing number of students struggling with mental illness. Chris: In our most recent episode, I discussed how to cope […]

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