Tagged With "Education Reform"

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Trauma Informed Schools: Part 2, Creating Trauma Informed Classrooms

In October a video showing a senior deputy yank a student from her seat and flip her desk at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina went viral on the Internet. This incident gained wide national attention and demonstrates the need for...
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Re: Trauma Informed Schools: Part 2, Creating Trauma Informed Classrooms

Jim Sporleder ·
If not us educators to be that caring adult in that child or teenager's life...then who will fill that role? A school that will implement these trauma informed practices creates safety and consistent predictable outcomes. Another excellent article and example for us to understand we must circle around the students... not work from silos that cause confusion.
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An open letter to Governor Wolf:

Daun Kauffman ·
      Childhood Trauma:     "The elephant in the [class] room".. . and it doesn't "just go away"   Dear Governor Wolf and Education Secretary designee Rivera : I write regarding injured, marginalized children in our schools, to ask that you include them explicitly in a broad, “Healthy State” paradigm in your new administration.   Read more at: WHYY NewsWorks   http://lucidwitness.com/…/childhood-trauma-versus-public-e…/...
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Roger Kluck ·
In response I'd like to share this article about a program I work with: http://www.theatlantic.com/nat...-nonviolence/277893/ Not spoken in this article - is this dramatic change - a 90% reduction in violence and police calls - came from training only the adults in the building. We changed how the adults interact with the kids and got these results! We've since returned to train the students also. Roger Kluck
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Daun Kauffman ·
Sorry, having trouble with the link Mr. Kluck. Daun
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Daun Kauffman ·
OK, got the link to work. Thank you for sharing. Results seem impressive ! Would you fill in some blanks on total student population before/after ? number of "engagement coaches" ? class size before/after ? have you gotten same results at other schools ? Did you get the same results in 2013/2014 school year ? Are you still there for 2014/2015 year ? Did you share results/get response from SDP ? Daun
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Wendy Stokesbary ·
Thank you Daun for this insider's summary regarding the elephant in the room named TRAUMA. I have made the comment that really the public school is the largest social service agency we've got but nobody but me views it that way (I guess that sounds like a bleeding heart liberal). The remedies seem overwhelming, but your emphasis on an environment of safety instilled by training the adults make sense. As a mental health professional who has had some experience working in public schools, I...
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Daun Kauffman ·
Thank you Wendy ! I couldn't agree more regarding both teacher training and schools(and teachers in classroom) providing social services. My post on "Do children have the right to be safe ?" contains a section on the U. S. Educational System shortfalls (vs. legal and healthcare systems). In spite of seemingly being the most broad, most frequented, most convenient (neighborhood), and probably most crucial system to receive children in efficient 'brain states. Acknowlegement of, and response...
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Daun Kauffman ·
Wendy, also see my comment at the end of RWJF blog on Culture of Health http://lucidwitness.com/2014/0...a-culture-of-health/
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Steven Dahl ·
Greetings All - I am jumping in as I have what may be a somewhat unique perspective on the topic of funding (or fueling) the work we are generally engaged in from within various roles. As a central office admin for 10 years I knew that content literacy (ie, reading, math, science, etc) was important. From a resiliency and asset management perspective, I also knew that learners impacted by trauma/neglect/ACE's were at a distinct disadvantage with peers who did not contend with such adversity.
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Defending Childhood

Daun Kauffman ·
  Common Sense   Millions of injured children whose pleas are not being heard are waiting at the intersection of the  “Defending Childhood” Report  from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Congress’s rewrite...
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Nowhere to Hide the Elephant in the [Class]room

Daun Kauffman ·
Developmental trauma changes the architecture of the physical brain, ability to learn and social behavior. It impacts two out of three children, but I didn’t even know what it was…
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Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine

Daun Kauffman ·
Wiry, active, savvy. Jasmine. There were not many good days. . . only random moments of calm in a violent storm, erupting on a ‘hair trigger’ When you look inside a classroom there are some things you can not see….
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An Epic Battle for Public Education: A Front Line View

Daun Kauffman ·
As one single example of one key complexity (there are many others), children in our Public School classrooms have massive rates of trauma, described by a U.S. Department of Justice report as an “epidemic” and by past Surgeon Generals as “national crisis.” The Center for Disease Control(CDC) says it is critical to understan
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine

Melissa Sadin ·
This is an excellent piece!!! Educators need to ask "What's happened to this child?" rather than "What's wrong with this child?" when confronted with inappropriate or acting out behaviors. Children come to school each day and give the best they have, even if that best includes ripping up paper and kicking and screaming. Teachers and administrators need to provide effective and appropriate opportunities for children with trauma to release their pent up frustration. They need to keep these...
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine

Daun Kauffman ·
Thank you so much Melissa ! Thank you for your passion, your insight and your support.
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine

Julie Beem ·
Daun - THANK YOU! This is incredibly real and pertinent storytelling of what traumatized children can look like in our schools and how they can be misunderstood. I'm sharing with everyone I know here in Georgia is is advocating for changes based on the DOJ's findings of illegally segregating facilities, called GNETS, for children with emotional disturbances. A disproportionate number of these children are foster/adopt (hugely at risk of trauma) and who knows about the rest -- high levels of...
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine

Daun Kauffman ·
Thank you Julie, I am so thankful. I'm also a little overwhelmed. Thank you so much for all you are doing in Georgia ! On a "higher order" note, some of it seems like " Common Sense " at the national level, if you are so inclined to rattle cages about ESEA and NoChildLeft Behind. (An earlier blog at LucidWitness.com) Peace
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine

Former Member ·
Thanks Daun I love this non-fictional piece. What is so hard for me is that what is so obvious to me like gravity or the sky is blue is so not obvious to others. I cannot wait for the critical mass to move us all to where we understand, are compassionate and move society to health so all kids have a chance. I read the Compton lawsuit and I just keep shaking my head... I'd never try to get that dropped, I'd move to action to help those kids... Keep writing... I'll keep tweeting and sharing...
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Echo Conference Highlights & Evaluation

Louise Godbold ·
Echo Parenting & Education Changing the Paradigm Conference 2016 “See it, believe it, act on it!” That was the exhortation at the end of the Building Trauma-Informed Schools & Communities conference last week. Around 250 people gathered to share experiences, best practices, questions and dreams as Echo hosted the first ever national conference on trauma-informed schools. We were fortunate to have many extraordinary thought leaders, including Dr. Ross Greene “Lost at School” and “The...
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Great Resource for Educators and Parents - New Online training from CDC

Shelley Rogers ·
CDC has launched a new free online training to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It includes information about the risk and protective factors and outcomes associated with ACEs and evidence-based prevention strategies. Module 1 is an ACEs overview. Module 2 is a public health approach to preventing ACEs. Additional modules for specific professions such as mental health providers and medical providers are coming soon. No cost CEs are available. ...
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Hawaii asks for input from residents to shape education strategic plan

Leisa Irwin ·
An article published today by the Hawaii Tribune Herald states that the state of Hawaii is seeking input from residents to assist in creating an updated strategic plan for the public school system. There was a meeting held today (the same day the article came out), and there is another meeting slated for August 24th from 4:30 - 6:30 at Waiakea High School in Hilo. This could be a great opportunity to ask the state to address adverse childhood experiences in their education goals. The full...
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Please respond to our ACEs In Education Survey!

Seeking input on the ACEs in Education community As curator of our community site, I am seeking input from the community on what we would like the future of the ACEs in Education site to be. I would like to first understand how you currently use the site and then get feedback on your vision for ways to maximize its usefulness. Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey and help guide our shared learning forward! You need to be signed in to access the survey. You can find the survey...
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Policy Brief on the Impact of ACEs in the Education System

Leslie Lieberman ·
ACEs Policy in Education The Illinois ACEs Response COLLABORATIVE has released a policy brief on the impact of ACEs in Education. It includes promising practices and recommended actions for change. Rooted in social justice, this briefs is a call to action to move upstream, build resiliency, and recognize how addressing inequity and trauma can improve systems while also building resiliency. Read the complete brief here: http://www.hmprg.org/assets/root/ACEs/Education%20Policy%20Brief.pdf This...
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ACEs Validated My Teaching Experience

Bronwyn Harris ·
When I first heard about the CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study , it felt like a light bulb had actually gone on. Finally, FINALLY, someone was validating what I saw every single day teaching in East Oakland. For eight years, I taught at an elementary school in the most violent part of Oakland , the part that the police called the “Killing Zone.” The kids in my class had seen friends, neighbors, and family members shot or stabbed, and routinely hid in bathrooms and closets when gang fights...
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Schools Ramp Up Efforts to Prevent, Reduce Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences [education divide.com]

By Linda Jacobson, Education Divide, December 12, 2019 Do your school staff members have gatherings or activities to help them build relationships with each other? Is there a process for collaborating with community-based behavioral health providers for students who need support? Does your district track schools’ use of social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices or other efforts to support students’ and staff members’ well-being? [ Please click here to read more .]
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Secondary Traumatic Stress for Educators: Understanding and Mitigating the Effects [KQED]

Mai Le ·
By Jessica Lander Roughly half of American school children have experienced at least some form of trauma — from neglect, to abuse, to violence. In response, educators often find themselves having to take on the role of counselors, supporting the emotional healing of their students, not just their academic growth. With this evolving role comes an increasing need to understand and address the ways in which student trauma affects our education professionals. In a growing number of professions,...
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Child Trauma and the Challenge of Inclusive Education

Dr. Kay Ayre ·
Picture this. Its 10:00 am and you have had to evacuate students from your class. There are posters on the floor, several of them ripped up. Pens and markers thrown across the room. You have one student, Carly, standing in front of you, with a chair raised over her head, threatening to throw it at you. Carly’s eyes are glazed over, she keeps calling you “mum” and you’re worried she is going to step onto a shard of your favourite coffee mug she broke a few minutes back. What are you going to...
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The Future of Education: Mindful Classrooms [mindful.org]

Alicia Doktor ·
A new Guide by mindful.org: What can you d to bring mindfulness into your child’s school? What are the best strategies, practices, and resources to implement a mindfulness program? Implementing a school-wide mindfulness program can take several years, so create a well-thought-out plan that includes presenting programming to parents and faculty. Be patient— making changes in schools can be a lengthy process. [To check out this guide, go to...
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Seeking Community input on the ACEs in Education community

As curator of our community site, I am seeking input from the community on what we would like the future of the ACEs in Education site to be. I would like to first understand how you currently use the site and then get feedback on your vision for ways to maximize its usefulness. Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey and help guide our shared learning forward! Thank you, Lara Kain
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[Webinar] Using Trauma-informed care to identify and support at-risk students (4-part series: 4/10, 4/20, 4/23, and 5/8)

Julian Golder ·
Join Dr. Sampson-Jackson - a leader in Trauma-Informed Care - to learn how school leaders and support staff can proactively identify and support student needs.
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Teachers - Share your stories!

Flo Griffin ·
The California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators is looking for teachers to interview for their teacher-focused Professional Development this summer. They plan to host an online conference on September 15 (with pre-recorded mini-lectures and interviews) entitled, "Educational Justice: Turning Policy into Practice" with a focus on student equity and social justice. I did a training for them in March on ACEs, so this would be a great opportunity for some of the...
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Re: Do Children have a Right to be Safe ?

Leslie Lieberman ·
Dear Dawn, Thank you for this thoughtful, comprehensive and amazing compilation of information about safety. You have done a masterful job of uncovering how our various systems define safety and make excellent suggestions. You are to be commended! I do agree with your point that it is critical to keep the child at the center of our understanding of safety - however, I also think it's important to acknowledge that environmental safety (such as creating safe buildings and developing safe...
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Re: Do Children have a Right to be Safe ?

Daun Kauffman ·
Leslie Thank you for your many kind words ! Daun
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Re: ACEs Validated My Teaching Experience

Andi Fetzner ·
Thank you for sharing your experience. I worked in Community Behavioral Health in Arizona as a therapist for a couple of years and remember the grief that I experienced within myself as I was unable to use the therapy skills I had learned, mostly CBT and other cognitive interventions, because the children and families were experiencing such high levels of stress and so many unmet needs. The ACEs Study opened my eyes and lit a fire under me to become an advocate for system change. How can we...
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Re: Seeking Community input on the ACEs in Education community

Jane Pepa ·
I'm based in Liverpool, UK but really find this community helpful, hoping to visit San Francisco and New York this August and keen to connect to groups to gain understanding that I can bring back to UK.
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Do’s and Don’ts of a Trauma-Informed Compassionate Classroom

Louise Godbold ·
The summer break is upon us and right now parents and teachers are taking a much-deserved deep breath before jumping into the new school year. One of the programs Echo provides each summer is the salary point Trauma-Informed Compassionate Classrooms training to help educators meet their professional development requirements and to give them the space to think about the classroom environment they would optimally like to create while not yet inundated with the day-to- day demands of the school...
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Educational Trauma

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray ·
Greetings!   As a clinical and forensic psychologist and P16 educator, I am very concerned about the ACEs in education. I believe Educational Trauma is the "inadvertent perpetration and perpetuation of victimization by educational systems against...
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FREE MASTER CLASS FOR EDUCATORS:

Julia Rose Polk ·
FREE MASTER CLASS FOR EDUCATORS: "The Top 10 Truths Every Teacher Needs to Know About Trauma" This 60-minute Master Class is an opportunity for teachers to take their FIRST STEP into becoming "trauma-informed." Learn how trauma impacts your students' brains, bodies and behavior, and the approaches that can make your job easier and less overwhelming! TUESDAY, May 7th @1pm (PST) - ONLINE Certificate of Attendance available for attendees Link for Deets: https://www.traumacamp.com/masterclass...
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Run, Don't Walk, to Movie Titled Raising Bertie

Karen Gross ·
This is a fabulous new movie about rural education in Bertie NC and the lives of three young men, regularly experiencing toxic stress and trauma. The lives of the people in Bertie -- the prisons, the teen pregnancies, the poor schools, the lack of support both economic and psycho-social is stunning in its presentation of reality. Movie makes you want to cry but it also serves to energize. As this review notes, take action; see the movie as a true call to action. Time is a wasting'.
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Closing the Empathy Gap in Education

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray ·
In the Hechinger Report, Amanda Wahlstedt wrote about the empathy gap she experienced as a poor student with a disconnected privileged teacher. She wrote: As a young girl in rural southeastern Kentucky, I remember distinctly hearing my teacher talk about “first of the month-ers,” or people who were out and in the grocery stores at the first of the month, typically with shopping “buggies” overloaded with preserved food. When I looked around the classroom I noticed many of my friends either...
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Re: Educational Trauma

Leif Cid ·
Great work. Looking forward to reading more of your articles.
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Re: Educational Trauma

robert hull ·
Great point often children are shown the hand of avoidance rather than the hand of compassion. Have you read up on this concept of sanctuary trauma?
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Re: Educational Trauma

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray ·
Thanks! No, I hadn't heard of Sanctuary Trauma. Thank you for mentioning it! Reminds me of Freyd's Betrayal Trauma . Yes, children need empathy and compassion. Aiming to mitigate Educational Trauma with EmpathicEducation for a CompassionateNation. Here's a blog about it: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...-thin_b_7696404.html Kindly, Lee-Anne
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Re: Educational Trauma

robert hull ·
yeah i use freyds work in my class that i use for teachers especially those teachers working in the criminal justice system
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Re: Educational Trauma

Kary Wilson ·
I was a teacher for the last 7 years and have had to leave permanently because I felt the stress created by the education system was causing real harm to the students, their families, and myself. The environment triggered me because it reminded me of my own dysfunctional family - never talk about the real problems and push all issues under the rug, and find a worthy scapegoat. The scapegoat was the administration. I tried everything to stay in education - I adored working with the kids - but...
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Re: Educational Trauma

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray ·
Dear Kary, Thank you for commenting on my post. I was very touched by your experience, and the clarity with which you see it. Karen Horowitz wrote "White Chalk Crime," and says that teachers are abused and scapegoated by the educational system. She compiled 678 pages of stories... May I help with your noble cause of shedding light on teacher trauma? Please email me drgray(at)me(dot)com if you are interested. Teachers need a team of heroes! Warmly, Lee-Anne
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Re: Educational Trauma

Kary Wilson ·
Lee-Anne, I am so sorry for the delay in response! I will send you an email shortly. Kary
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