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Emporia, KS: School staff studies "social-emotional success"; 20% of kids have a mental disorder

Jan 25, 2018, Emporia (KS) Gazette: USD 253 participates in social-emotional success study session http://www.emporiagazette.com/area_news/article_3d2aacf6-a2f3-525d-b71d-73eeea57c3c9.html Students, administrators and teachers from Emporia Public Schools, as well as members of the community, participated in a study session about social-emotional success during a meeting of the Board of Education Wednesday night at Emporia High School. … Social-emotional growth helps students manage and understand their emotions, make responsible decisions, set and achieve positive goals, establish and maintain positive relationships and feel and show empathy toward others. … “We’re looking at attitude and behavior; we’re looking at attendance and completion,” Harder said. “We’re looking at bullying prevention; we’re looking at character development.” Harder said between 14 - 20 percent of students experience a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder each year. One in five students will experience a mental health problem of mild impairment, while one in 10 will experience a severe impairment.