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Hope for the Future: Insights from the American Association of Suicidology’s Youth Advisory Board

Michelle Ramos October 17, 2018

 


Reflections and insights gleaned from meeting with the American Association of Suicidology’s Youth Advisory Board.

 

Across American schools and campuses, there’s a rise of youth involvement with campus activism, philanthropy, and social causes — and mental health awareness is no exception. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with members of the American Association of Suicidology’s (AAS) Youth Advisory Board and to hear more about the impactful initiatives they’re working on to advance suicide prevention.

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Posted in Suicide Prevention, Technology, Safety, Learning, American Association of Suicidology

New GoGuardian Features Coming Your Way (That Are Literally Made Just For You)

Marielle Gilbert September 25, 2018

 

GoGuardian’s got a fresh fall look: inspired by you!

At GoGuardian, we always build and adapt our products with our users in mind. As a customer-obsessed company, we’re continually assessing our users’ greatest frustrations, and looking to alleviate them. That’s why, in the past year, when you shared your feedback: we listened. We did some deep thinking about the challenges you encounter every day in your districts and produced creative solutions to meet your exact needs — from individual student reports for teachers, to the ability to test your filtering configuration, to proxy filtering support.

Today we want to share a few of the product updates that we’re most proud of. These enhancements were selected based on your feedback and designed with your workflows in mind. You’ll also catch a sneak peek at new features coming this fall to make student safety and classroom management easier and more efficient than ever.

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Posted in Filtering, Products, "Web filtering, classroom management, Safety

Social-Emotional Learning & Upstream Approaches to Suicide Prevention in Schools

By Dr. Lori Vollandt, Ed D., Co-founder, Achieve Beyond the Binder September 20, 2018

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How Promoting Social-Emotional Learning Can Help Support Suicide Prevention

There is an old parable about a fishing village, where each day, the fishermen had to rescue residents from nearly drowning in the river downstream. Knowing this was not sustainable, the fishermen decided that instead of rescuing victims, they would discover how villagers were falling into the river in the first place. They ventured upstream to discover a dangerous overlook on a cliff where people were losing their footing and falling into the river. After building a protective barrier and safeguarding the edge, the fishermen no longer had to rescue drowning victims.

For the past 27 years, I have worked as an educator and later as a Coordinator of Health Education Programs for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the nation. In that time, I’ve seen how educators and communities can form “protective barriers” to curb the devastating consequences of youth suicide. The idea of “upstreaming,” or identifying and mitigating the source of a crisis, has been the focus of my career as a teacher, advocate and school district administrator. All too often, after a crisis occurs, the common question arises: “Why didn’t someone do something?”

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Posted in Technology, Learning, Safety, Suicide Prevention, Social-Emotional Learning, SEL, Upstreaming

How Content-Based Filtering Helps Shape Student Behavior

Zach Spitulski April 06, 2018

We at GoGuardian believe there's always room for improvement. After all, a growth mindset is necessary for optimal performance in everything from education to business. So, when we wanted to identify areas where we could improve, we went straight to the source: our 120,000+ customers. We asked our trusted users one key question: What is the biggest challenge you face in managing the content your students see?

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Posted in Technology, Products, Safety

Why Content-Based Filtering Represents the Future of Filtering

Mike Daugherty, Director of Technology & Information Systems at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools March 22, 2018

As the Director of Technology and Information Systems at Chagrin Falls, it would not be hyperbole to say I’m on the frontline of student online safety. I manage a fleet of over 2,400 devices and go toe-to-toe with the likes of potential data breaches, inappropriate spam, and student hackers. It’s a jungle out there.

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When we initially rolled out our fleet of Chromebooks, we were opening the floodgates to the internet. Even with basic filtering, my best teachers were struggling to ensure that students were focused on the right content online. We needed a robust filtering solution that could truly understand what students were accessing online to keep students focused and safe. Pitted against the abyss that is the ever-evolving internet, the software also needed to be smart; smart like a fox.

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Posted in Technology, Safety
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