What Teachers Should Know

Teachers are faced with an enormous amount of pressure these days.  They not only have to help students make specific achievement benchmarks in large classroom settings, but also manage students who many times come to school with a myriad of personal challenges. 

The resources listed below can help you, as a teacher, serve all those purposes without adding "one more thing" to your already full plate.

Included below are books, articles, and websites.  Some of the websites contain video examples and lesson plan samples. Please feel to visit the Resource Library for more information or contact us.

Eliminating Barriers for Learning

Eliminating Barriers for Learning is a continuing education program for secondary school teachers and staff that focuses on mental health issues in the classroom. Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), its goals are to inform teachers about adolescent social-emotional wellness and provide specific skill-based techniques for classroom use.


Teaching Kids With Mental Health and Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom: How to Recognize, Understand, and Help Challenged (And Challenging) Students Succeed, by Dr. Myles Cooley, may be ordered online through his website.

The Minnesota's Association of Children's Mental Health provides publication resources, mental health fact sheets for teachers, as well as a book, An Educators Guide to Children's Mental Health. 

How to Address Stigma Around Mental Health in Schools

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