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The Shift Away From ‘No-Excuses’ Discipline [TheAtlantic.com]

A few years ago, if a student arrived at an Ascend elementary school wearing the wrong color socks, she was sent to the dean’s office to stay until a family member brought a new pair. Now, the school office is stocked with extra socks. Students without them can pick up a spare pair before heading to class. It’s a simple shift, but part of a revolution in the culture at Ascend, which oversees five charter elementary schools, three middle schools, and a high school in Brooklyn. Making sure...

Why So Many Jails Are Embracing Aquaponics [CityLab.com]

Dressed in traffic-cone orange, a similar shade to the fish under their care, inmates at the San Francisco County Jail set about their weekly duties: checking for pests, pH levels and the overall welfare of the jail’s pilot aquaponics program, the first of its kind in the state. With guidance from their instructor, who has been schooling them on everything from plant biology to economics, the inmates check on the roughly 80 goldfish swimming in a 400-gallon blue water tank, and the beds...

By the numbers....spreading the word about ACES!

The number of states completing ACE surveys at least once is now 32 . 7,907 — Number of people who are members of ACEsConnection.com. 40 — Number of countries ACEsConnection.com members represent. 1,752,000 — Number of page views on ACEsConnection.com since January. 10 — Number of states participating in the ACE Interface Master Trainer Program ; 516 master trainers now do presentations about ACEs science * in their communities. 74 — Number of organizations that have earned certification in...

Press Response when Faced with the Consequences of Trauma

I read lots of news. From my days as a paper boy in Seattle delivering the Post Intelligencer, I had respect for those who reported the news. But over the decades, the role of reporters seems to have shifted and on air reporters have greater prominence. They also seem to require more sensationalism, much of what they create with their reporting. In past blogs, here and elsewhere, I have examined a news article, looked online into the background and reported behaviors of a perpetrator of...

Children’s Village Transformative Mentoring [JJIE.org]

The Children's Village in the Bronx offers mentors to teenagers who face aging out of foster care. The mentors, or "credible messengers," are former foster children themselves. They use writing and conversation and draw from their personal experiences to motivate these foster teens. [For more of this story, written by Deborah S. Esquenazi, go to http://jjie.org/childrens-village-transformative-mentoring/206329/]

Loneliness Has an Antidote and You’ll Never Guess What It Is [PsychCentral.com]

I’m somebody who’s struggled with feelings of loneliness my whole life. It’s a big part of why I decided to become a relationship coach. I wanted to understand why some of my relationships felt more substantial than others. I wanted to understand why sometimes I relished being alone, yet other times being alone evoked feelings of profound sadness. The question I wanted to answer was this: What makes some relationships feel better than others? It was a mystery I was determined to solve. I...

What Do You Want to Let Into Your Life? [Blogs.PsychCentral.com]

A few weeks ago I wrote this piece about the real reason personal boundaries are powerful: Because they help us define who we are. Boundaries also are “as much about what we let in as what we keep out,” according to psychologist Sherry Walling, Ph.D, in the same article. Which is a great perspective to have when contemplating what decisions to make and how to live our lives. That is, we can turn that sentence into two simple yet significant questions that we can ask ourselves regularly: What...

A wonderful tip for helping children be more resilient....and many more!

Copy and paste this link into your browser and find one fabulous suggestion for helping kids become more resilient. On the site are many more ideas and strategies! Enjoy! http://www.gozen.com/close-the-compassion-gap-to-boost-resilience-in-kids/ For more information and ideas for supporting the resilience of children and adults, visit www.centerforresilientchildren.org

MARC Advisor: Christopher Blodgett, Ph.D.

Christopher Blodgett, a clinical psychologist and Washington State University (WSU) faculty member, spent most of his career working in areas of community violence, child maltreatment and adolescent substance abuse—issues that, too often, occupied separate professional realms. The ACE study put those pressing concerns together. “It gave us the integrating language,” he says. “It moved us from isolated, fragmented conversation to an organized, concurrent process.” New insights into trauma and...

Gov. Kate Brown is doing plenty to boost graduation rates (OPINION) [OregonLive.com]

A little research goes a long way. In education — and in editorials. Tuesday's editorial, "As governor stalls, education advocates propose measure to boost graduation rates," could have benefited from a little additional research itself. The editorial suggested that Gov. Kate Brown has done little or nothing to address Oregon's shocking absenteeism issue. That's not accurate. We know, because we've discussed this with her in person, hosted her education experts as speakers at our conferences...

Hanna Boys Center hosts trauma, adversity seminars [NorthBayBusinessJournal.com]

Following last year’s seminar on adverse childhood experience (ACE), with expert Robert Anda, Hanna Boys Center has planned an extensive collaboration with an expert in the field of trauma and healing. Robert Macy will lead five workshops with topics on youth violence, relationship-building, and healing in the family and community. “What we’re really talking about is the impact of adversity and trauma, and what you do about it. What are some strategies to get kids to make better decisions?”...

Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood — United States, 2011–2012 [CDC.gov]

[Photo by I nternational Fund for Animal Welfare Blog ] Summary What is already known about this topic? Sociodemographic factors and environmental influences in early childhood have been demonstrated to have significant impact on development, mental health, and overall health throughout the lifespan. What is added by this report? This report provides recent national data documenting significant associations of early childhood mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders (MBDDs) with...

Traumatized, Locked Up, LA Girls Starting to Get More Help [JJIE.org]

Moriah Barrett, then 14, woke up to burns on her body one night along with physical evidence that she had been raped. She had been invited to a party the night before by someone she considered a friend. She eventually came to realize that she had almost been looped into a human trafficking scheme. This event, among many other traumatic events, affected Moriah mentally, physically and emotionally. [For more of this story, written by Xin Li and Phillomina Wong, go to ...

Researchers link inequality to high school dropout rates [CSMonitor.com]

Social scientists have long pointed to economic inequality as a prognosis for lowered social mobility, given the rate that students from low-income communities drop out of high school. But until now, researchers have been unable to establish the mechanisms that drive that correlation. A new paper presented by the Brookings Institute Thursday ties income inequality to reduced rates of upward mobility using empirical data, specifically examining the role of students’ perception of their...

‘Americanitis’: The Disease of Living Too Fast [TheAtlantic.com]

In the decades after the Civil War, a lot of things were changing in the (re-)United States. The late 19th century and early 20th saw a huge increase in the country’s population (nearly 200 percent between 1860 and 1910 ) mostly due to immigration, and that population was becoming ever more urban as people moved to cities to seek their fortunes—including women, more of whom were getting college educations and jobs outside the home. Cars and planes were introduced to the public; telephones...

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