Education

Adolescent Brain Development: The Child Welfare – Education Intersection

Adolescent Brain Development: The Child Welfare – Education Intersection

In the past couple of years, we have begun to learn more about adolescent brain development. In conversations with professionals across many disciplines (law, education, mental health, etc.), the topic of adolescent brain development has arisen with increasing regularity. While I have encountered a few individuals who have expressed to me that I am simply making excuses for bad behavior (and I admittedly tend to stick up for teenagers; I am a defense attorney after all), as the research results

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Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

It’s a lot thicker! That was the most common initial reaction from NACC members at our recent annual conference in Philadelphia to our new, third edition of Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases. Yes, pick up this substantial book and you’ll notice we’ve gone from 788 pages to 1,127 in order to more fully cover what an attorney (or judge, or social worker) needs to know in this field.

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What Child Development Teaches Us About Permanency For Kids in Foster Care

What Child Development Teaches Us About Permanency For Kids in Foster Care

Parenting would be easier if kids weren’t so good at learning from their parents. That’s one conclusion embedded in an upcoming book by psychology professor Alison Gopnik, previewed in a recent New York Times opinion piece. Research in the field of early childhood development increasingly reinforces the notion that kids have always learned best “by watching what the people around them did every day, and playing with the tools they used.” Education and foster care, though, are both based to

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Every Student Succeeds Act Brings Modest Progress on School Exclusions

Every Student Succeeds Act Brings Modest Progress on School Exclusions

Congress has officially left the No Child Left Behind Act behind, replacing it with the Every Student Succeeds Act. Despite a similar title, the new law is significantly different. My colleague Derek Black has a good summary of the law here and here. I’ll highlight one provision that represents a modest but real step forward. The new law requires state governments to annually report each school district’s rates of in-school suspensions, out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, school-related arrests, and referrals to law

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Something to Be Thankful For: The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2015

Something to Be Thankful For: The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2015

Federal legislation that serves to increase opportunity for homeless and foster youth does not come along every day. This is why there was such excitement earlier this month when the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2015 was introduced by Senator Patty Murray. As we as members of NACC know, homeless and foster youth face unique and significant barriers in higher education. Over 1.2 million homeless children and youth are currently enrolled in U.S.

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