[Indiana] Teachers’ group wants mandatory kindergarten, trauma-informed care [wishtv.com]

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana State Teachers Association published its 2018 legislative priority list Thursday, calling on lawmakers to make big changes for Hoosier students and schools next year.

The ISTA has 16 wishes for the new year ranging from changing teacher qualifying exams to making kindergarten mandatory.

“We are often accused of complaining about a lot of things but never offering solutions,” ISTA President Teresa Meredith said. “We have really been cognizant of solutions. We believe that educators are the ones who ought to be offering solutions and so we are.”

Meredith explained the lawmakers should adopt the same three priorities ISTA functions with: kids, schools and future. She began by addressing the $9.3 million deficit in the public education budget and called on lawmakers to restore the needed funds.

She also addressed the need to have schools implement trauma-informed care, a kind of counseling that could help change mindsets from “what’s wrong with this child” to “what has happened to this child.”

“You typically think of things like child abuse and neglect, but we’re also looking at things like students who have had parents who have been repeatedly deployed,” she said. “But also the opioid crisis that Indiana is experiencing right now. That is creating an even greater pool of students that we haven’t necessarily had to be superconcerned about in the past.”

[To read the rest of this article by Brenna Donnelly, click here.]

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Jim Sporleder posted:

Here are some great contacts for you Laura:  These people are doing amazing work around Trauma Informed practices.

Phil Lederach - District Administrator... Hamilton Southeastern Schools Fisher, IN   plederach@hse.k12.in.us

Janie Ulmer - Alternative School Director...Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Fisher, IN  julmer@hse.k12.in.us

Ashley Krumbach - Dept of Child Services, Indianapolis   ashley.krumbach@dcs.in.gov

JauNae Hanger - President, Children's' Policy & Law Initiative of Indiana (Positive School Discipline Institute Grant) jhanger@wapleshanger.com & Gwen Kelly gwenkelly.comcast.com

Nancy Springer - Administrator CHINS Division, Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division. Fort Wayne, IN  NancySpringer@allensuperiorcourt.us

 

 

Jim, thank you so much for this information!

Here are some great contacts for you Laura:  These people are doing amazing work around Trauma Informed practices.

Phil Lederach - District Administrator... Hamilton Southeastern Schools Fisher, IN   plederach@hse.k12.in.us

Janie Ulmer - Alternative School Director...Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Fisher, IN  julmer@hse.k12.in.us

Ashley Krumbach - Dept of Child Services, Indianapolis   ashley.krumbach@dcs.in.gov

JauNae Hanger - President, Children's' Policy & Law Initiative of Indiana (Positive School Discipline Institute Grant) jhanger@wapleshanger.com & Gwen Kelly gwenkelly.comcast.com

Nancy Springer - Administrator CHINS Division, Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division. Fort Wayne, IN  NancySpringer@allensuperiorcourt.us

 

 

Jim Sporleder posted:

Thanks for sharing, Indiana is building momentum around Trauma-informed schools, and communities.  I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing educators and community leaders who are committed to implementing trauma-informed practices into their daily routine.

Jim, would you be willing to share the names of some of these people and organizations you have worked with in Indiana?

Jim Sporleder posted:

Thanks for sharing, Indiana is building momentum around Trauma-informed schools, and communities.  I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing educators and community leaders who are committed to implementing trauma-informed practices into their daily routine.

I'm pleased to know that, Jim. I've lived in Indiana most of my life (born and raised here) and would like to learn more about the educators and community leaders in the state who are implementing trauma-informed practices. 

Thanks for sharing, Indiana is building momentum around Trauma-informed schools, and communities.  I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing educators and community leaders who are committed to implementing trauma-informed practices into their daily routine.

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