MIDYEAR BRIEF from the Centers
For the past three years, Tracy Gladston, Ph.D has screened 620 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students, in Holliston, MA. for depression. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus she and her team plan to conduct a follow up study as to how the pandemic has impacted these students (in terms of anxiety, coping strategies, and relationships) and then provide schools and parents with suggestions on how to best support those students most in need.
In conjunction with Strategies for Children, WCW is involved with recommending a focus on Early Childhood Care and Education as plans to reopen are being formulated in Massachusetts. Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D is helping to chart a path. "The goal is to make it clear that no economic recovery will be successful if employees and working families do not have access to safe, affordable, and high quality care for their children."
WCW has completed a study on new rules regarding Campus Sexual Assault which are to go into effect on August 15th. "Based on our research, many colleges.......will lose some of the flexibility they previously had to tailor their approaches to their communities and they will be required to behave more like the criminal justice system, which goes against their mission to be educators rather than adjudicators."
For additional information , especially about WCW's work in response to COVID-19, visit wcwonline.org/researchandaction