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Resources for Educators

Impact of Foster Care on Education
A Road Map for Learning: Improving Educational Outcomes in Foster Care: This framework was designed by Casey Family Programs and provides strategies to improve education on the individual, school, and policy levels. It can be downloaded for free at www.casey.org/Resources/Publications/RoadMapForLearning.htm.

Endless Dreams: The Endless Dreams video showcases the great potential of schools to support and enrich the lives of youth in care. The video features a young woman in care and describes how life in foster care impacts her education. Casey Family Programs offers this 15 minute video upon request at no charge. For a copy of the video, please send e-mail to contactus@casey.org. For more information visit http://www.casey.org/Resources/Initiatives/EndlessDreams/.

Tools for Promoting Educational Success and Reducing Delinquency: This toolkit identifies best and promising practices that were being implemented with success throughout the country and could be used by educators to prevent students from being referred to the juvenile justice system due to their behavior in school. Step 6 is dedicated to working with youth in the Child Welfare System. Download at www.edjj.org/focus/prevention/JJSE.htm

Mental Health Fact Sheets for the Classroom (MACMH)
Anxiety Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Conduct Disorder
Depression
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

Other Important Resources
Classroom Parent Involvement Questionnaire (CAMHPS)
Cultural Competence: Information for Educators (MSMHA)
Kinship Care (Grandparents Raising Children): Information for Educators (MSMHA)
Welcoming New Students: Information for Educators (MSMHA)
What Teachers Need to Know and Be Able to Do When Challenged by Student Mental Health (National Summit on School Mental Health)