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Key Themes Emerge from Input Related to School-Related Teen Stress
Posted 4/16/19

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In November 2018, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) asked secondary students, staff, and parents to share their input about school-related teen stress via Thought Exchange. Thought Exchange allowed participants to share their thoughts on key contributors to school-related teen stress, and ideas on how we can reduce school-related teen stress. Participants then had the opportunity to consider and rate thoughts shared by others.

Nearly 400 middle and high school students provided more than 300 thoughts about school-related teen stress. Below is a summary of top themes that students shared as being the highest contributors to school-related teen stress:

  • Homework and assignments
  • Tests and assessments

  • Teachers and staff

  • College and career readiness

  • Communication and engagement

  • Calendar and schedule

When student feedback was combined with feedback from parents of secondary students, and staff at secondary schools the top themes as being high contributors to school-related teen stress were as follows:

  • College and career readiness

  • Homework and assignments

  • Tests and assessments

  • Communication and engagement

  • Teachers and staff

  • Social and emotional health

  • Tutoring and learning support

  • Calendar and schedule

  • Learning environment

“We appreciate everyone taking the time to provide thoughts on this important topic,” said Mr. Russell Lee-Sung, NMUSD deputy superintendent. “Listening to the students' voice is a critical step to build compassion for our students and heightened awareness of the impact of our actions,” he said.

District and school staff continue to review the data from this Thought Exchange with staff, and student and parent leaders to identify specific actions that can help address school-related teen stress and support the overall well-being of students. A more in-depth recap of the Thought Exchange will be presented at a future NMUSD Board of Education meeting.
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