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Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth More Likely to Experience Mental Health Disorders [ajmc.com]

Mental healthcare is an important priority for transgender and gender nonconforming children, who may experience distress related to gender dysphoria, compounded by stress resulting from prejudice and discrimination. Existing literature on this population, mostly from small, specialized, clinic-based studies, has shown a high prevalence of mental health diagnoses and self-reported emotional and behavior problems among transgender and gender nonconforming youth, but the existing literature...

Understanding education equity - and achieving it [edsource.org]

Hosted by EdSource and The Education Trust—West and recorded March 21, 2018, this video conference looks at how to define education equity and what California schools and districts can do to close achievement and opportunity gaps for their students. The discussion was moderated by Louis Freedberg, executive director of EdSource and Ryan J. Smith, executive director of The Education Trust—West. It featured a panel of education experts and practitioners with deep engagement and experience in...

Dear Teacher

Dear Teacher I remember you and I would imagine you remember me well. I am your student. We have shared space for many years yet have never come to know one another. Although I have known you over twenty years and spent more time with you than even my closest friends and family, our relationship has remained transactional, tense, contentious and at times violent. We have cursed, threatened and insulted each other, I have thrown chairs and spat at you and you have restrained me multiple...

Middle school tackles everybody's trauma; result is calmer, happier kids, teachers and big drop in suspensions

6 th grader Cayla White (right) helps lead class meditation with Niroga Institute’s Lauren Banister/ photos by Laurie Udesky During the 2014/2015 school year, things were looking grim at Park Middle School in Antioch, CA. At the time, staff couldn’t corral student disruptions. Teacher morale was plummeting. By the end of February 2015, 192 kids of the 997 students had been suspended -- 19.2 percent of the student population. “I was watching really good people burning out from the [teaching]...

Discussion Topics

An Opportunity to Inform an Educational Council

Katrina Masterson
Hello ACES in Education Community! I have a rare opportunity to speak to our Congressman's Educational Council in their upcoming meeting on March 29 Here's the thing: I'm not a teacher or parent! And I know that Virginia as a whole may be somewhat behind other States. But I'm not letting these things deter me. I'm passionate about ACEs and trauma-informed approaches! And as a concerned citizen, I know that spreading awareness to the schools can help shift the school/youth violence tide. We...Read More...

ACES Education and Health

Jessie Graham
Hello ACES Education Community, 1. I am wondering if anyone knows of schools who are collecting ACES questionnaires on their teachers and staff? 2. I am also wondering if anyone knows of any studies or organizations that study the wellbeing or health of educational employees? Thank you so much in advance! "the quote: "We Teach who we are" by Parker Palmer is driving these questions!Read More...
Dear ACEs in Education Community: I'm wondering if anyone has worked ACEs-related language into a School Council School Improvement Plan? I'm on the School Council for a charter school and we're looking at improving parent engagement., in general, and as part of that I'm trying to introduce two topics: 1) ACEs and 2)Race, Class & Parent Involvement We have kids from 30 different communities and 1/3 of the students are Haitian. The other 2/3 are mostly but not entirely Caucasian. Anyhow,...Read More...
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PAX Good Behavior Game- Is anyone using it?

Danielle Vander Linden
My district was recently approached with a possible opportunity of bringing the PAX Good Behavior Game into our elementary settings. This is a new model for us and we are trying to learn as much about it as possible. I'm interested to hear from others who are using it or who have chosen not to utilize the approach. What are the strengths and of the program? What successes have you seen? Is it an equitable approach? How does it promote resiliency for students who have encountered multiple...Read More...
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