Tagged With "students"

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The Importance of Training Teachers to Better Understand Their Native Students [yesmagazine.org]

Alicia Doktor ·
"Native American students make up 1.4 percent of the students in Washington state public schools. And they have the lowest graduation rate of any ethnic group, with just 56.4 percent earning a high school diploma in four years. “I was that young person, I dropped out of school. I was one of those statistics of Native women dropouts,” says Dawn Hardison-Stevens, who is a member of the Steilacoom Tribal Council. Hardison-Stevens, who at the time was a young mother with a 3-year-old and a...
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Rural schools find an online resource to fill gaps in mental health services for students

Heidi Johnecheck ·
In rural Kentucky, students go to school with people they’ve grown up with. It’s not uncommon for their teachers and principals to be family friends or even relatives. This can create a tight-knit school community, but it can also make privacy hard to come by. Vivian Carter, a longtime teacher and principal and the current innovation coordinator at Hazard Independent Schools, in Eastern Kentucky, said students don’t always open up to the adults in the school building if they have issues at...
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Re: CONNECTING WITH KIDS IN PAIN

Brandon Nelson Wait ·
Well stated and and good reminder for all of us! Something I like to practice: DRAWO2 D - All people want to be treated with Dignity R - All people want to be treated with Respect A - All people would rather be Asked than told what to do W - All people want to know Why they are being asked O - All people would rather have Options than threats 2 - All people want a 2nd chance to make things right
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Re: CONNECTING WITH KIDS IN PAIN

Jim Sporleder ·
Dysregulated adults working with dysregulated students is not a good combination for success. Excellent regulation strategies, thank you for sharing.
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Re: CONNECTING WITH KIDS IN PAIN

Julie Beem ·
Great tools! Thanks!
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Re: CONNECTING WITH KIDS IN PAIN

Andi Fetzner ·
I will be practicing this with some adults I know! Thank you for the practical tools and reminders on how to relate first!
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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: 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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Re: Navigating the Holidays for Students with ACEs

Sylvia Young ·
Thanks for these suggestions, I am the school nurse and have realized for sometimes that the holidays/ festivities will trigger a multitude of emotions for young people. We as adults must be aware, sensitive and understanding when a young person is expressing their emotions, and support them so that can feel safe, and accepted, at this time of the year.
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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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Re: Empathy and Reading Comprehension Song!

Wonderful lyrics, Linda. So that people can get an idea of the song, here they are: 1 HANDLE WITH CARE CHORUS Where there is hatred, I'll bring love; We can settle things by talking, you'll see. Where there is sadness, I'll bring joy; I'll help you to smile again. Where there's been harm done, I'll ease the pain, And help the forgiving begin. 1. My vision is all people living in peace, Though I can't change the world in a day, I'll start with myself and the people I know, And from there the...
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Re: Empathy and Reading Comprehension Song!

These lyrics are all wonderful but for people of all ages, I especially love the second stanza. Instead of waiting for you to dry my tears, I'll dry yours, and comfort you. Instead of waiting for you to understand me, I'll do my best to understand you. Instead of waiting for you to love me, I'll show my love for you. I'm going to share these lyrics with my daughter. Also, I'm sorry for your loss. It's inspiring that you took something so painful and created something so good. I'm glad it...
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Re: California's First Surgeon General: Screen Every Student for Childhood Trauma [nbcnews.com]

Debbie Wells ·
MN has required developmental screening for all 3-4-year-olds that is funded through the State, and implemented at the local level by the school districts, who utilize an interdisciplinary team of health care and educators. I have often thought that we could leverage this existing practice to better understand which children have experienced childhood trauma. This would give the receiving schools an opportunity to look at incoming classes of Kindergartners and better prepare their staff and...
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Re: Student Discipline & Co-Regulation

Alison Morris ·
Great piece that should be taught to every teacher (and every school resource officer)!
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Re: Student Discipline & Co-Regulation

Mary Spence ·
Love the article, Michael. As a long time school psychologist, I am very familiar with the dance up and down the discipline process, as adults (both teachers and parents) are very much partners with the student in how the trajectory goes for students were are already suffering and lacking skills. Often our responses can lead to further disengagement in school and adult level conflicts which the student observes, which further detracts from their ability to have agency in their developing...
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Trauma in the Classroom: How Educators Should Approach it and What Parents and Students Should Expect From Schools [newsstand.clemson.edu]

By Michael Staton, Clemson University College of Education, November 18, 2019 When students arrive at school, they don’t check their trauma at the door or ignore it. Considering the effect trauma can have on student learning, teachers can’t choose to ignore it, either. Trauma leads to learning problems, lower grades, suspensions, expulsions and even long-term health problems. Teachers are increasingly expected to identify and work with issues students bring to school, and based on related...
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Trauma-Informed Classrooms: Choices

Alexandra Murtaugh ·
One thing that is common among many traumatic events is a complete lack of choices. When a person feels like they do not have a choice or control, it can be triggering and cause the negative emotions that the person ties to the original trauma. While you can do a lot relationally with how you interact with your students, you can also set up your physical space with choices in mind. As you think about choices in your classroom, here are a couple of options you may want to consider. First of...
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Trauma-Informed Classrooms: Educator Self-Care

Alexandra Murtaugh ·
Working in a school is hard. It doesn’t matter if you work in a suburban, urban, or rural area. It doesn’t matter if you work with 5 year-olds on building empathy, teach 11 year-olds about symbiosis, coach teachers in aligning curriculum, or help high school seniors choose their postsecondary pathways. It is hard work. From the cacophony of lockers closing at dismissal, to the challenge of getting 25 sets of 8 year-old eyes looking at you in synchrony, schools are a special kind of organized...
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Trauma Informed Schools--An Essential for Student & Staff Success

Part I: The Implications of Trauma & Student Misbehavior In this three part series we will explore the issues of complex trauma, the effect on emotional and cognitive development of young people, and interventions at the classroom and system level that can mitigate negative outcomes. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...olsan_b_8234038.html
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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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Trauma-informed Schools: What Can YOU Do?

Drew Schwartz ·
There are tools to promote healing and growth and you can foster them within your school!
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Trauma-informed teaching changes culture in Caldwel [IDEDNEWS.org]

From the Idaho Education News - Trauma-informed teaching changes culture in Caldwell By Andrew Reed 01/31/2018 CALDWELL — Abuse. Bullying. Divorce. Neglect. Some students bring these experiences to school from home, which they can’t get out of their brain and truly focus on their learning. Angela Layne is no stranger to working with students who have experienced trauma. The Lewis and Clark Elementary counselor is changing the way students’ express feelings at school. She introduced...
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Trauma is Messy

Jon Eppley ·
I will always remember the day that, as a student teacher, I watched as a student entered my second-grade room covered in blood. After quickly establishing that he was not injured, we learned that the blood was that of his brother who had been shot the night before. No parents were around that night, so this second grader became the sole caregiver of his bleeding brother. My student would never be the same. We didn’t care about grades or test scores. We just knew that this moment would...
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Trauma Sensitive Schools: A Perspective

Michelle Sieg ·
When talking about trauma sensitive school trainings, school administrators will sometimes say, “I don’t want my teachers to be therapists, I need them to be teachers.” As trauma sensitive school (TSS) trainers, we couldn’t agree more. That’s why TSS training doesn’t teach treatment skills; it gives you as educators the tools to recognize trauma in a student, understand it, and help the student adapt accordingly.
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Using Big Data with a Warm Hand-off to Help Students

Karen Gross ·
This piece is about how big data can be a service provider -- and there can be a warm handoff. We can use data and technology to improve education and healthcare and many other fields.
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What's Missing ?

Daun Kauffman ·
What's Missing ?   "Education Reform" is primarily a systemic concept, oblivious to children, and treading on justice issues.   http:// lucidwitness.com/2014/09/25/wha ts-missing-3/  
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When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too [edutopia.com]

Laura Pinhey ·
Alysia Ferguson Garcia remembers the day two years ago that ended in her making a call to Child Protective Services. One of her students walked into drama class with what Garcia thought of as a “bad attitude” and refused to participate in a script reading. “I don’t care if you’ve had a bad day,” Garcia remembers saying in frustration. “You still have to do some work.” In the middle of class, the student offered an explanation for her behavior: Her mom’s boyfriend had been sexually abusing...
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Youth Survey Data Shows Rise in Vaping, Depression [vtdigger.com]

By Lola Duffort, Vermont Digger, February 7, 2020 Half of all high school students in Vermont have tried electronic vapor products like e-cigarettes, up from just 30% in 2015. That’s according to results from the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a study administered statewide to thousands of Vermont students every two years. The YRBS was developed by the Centers for Disease Control in 1990 to monitor behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disease and injury among young...
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ACEs survey and support in primary schools

Kinyofu Mlimwengu ·
Greetings, I am wondering who out there has done an ACE survey for students in K - 5? If so, what supports did you offer them? - Kinyofu
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Re: Our Students: The Reality

Thanks for posting the link, Karen. The excerpt is well worth a read!
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Re: Education Transformations - Providing Soc/Emot Training to Schools & More

Hi, Carla: Thanks for posting information about your services. I, too, saw the article about the benefits of teachers learning about SEL. One question: Have you integrated ACEs science into your curriculum? Cheers, Jane
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Re: Education Transformations - Providing Soc/Emot Training to Schools & More

Carla Swan Gerstein ·
Hi Jane, thanks for your interest. While Ed Trans is relatively new to the ACEs concepts, so we have not integrated their science in directly, indirectly we feel our curriculum supports children in working through some of these, through our person centered foundational approach, which elicits empathy, authenticity and non-judgement.
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Re: Education Transformations - Providing Soc/Emot Training to Schools & More

Monica Lopez ·
Wonderful and exciting to hear that this is being implemented! Working with at risk and homeless youth, they lack the tools necessary to be socially accepted by their peers, to begin with. So, if the staff, teachers and students have the tools to be socially and cognitively conscious about how they treat others' our kids will have a better chance at succeeding in a system that sometimes turn them into outcasts. Regards, Monica
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Re: Education Transformations - Providing Soc/Emot Training to Schools & More

Carla Swan Gerstein ·
Exactly Monica!! However it is not being implemented much yet. It is available though. Money and time issues seem to still prevail over its priority, unfortunately.
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Re: Education Transformations - Providing Soc/Emot Training to Schools & More

And it's critical that education about ACEs science be included in any curriculum, so that teachers, administrators, etc., have a complete understanding of why kids and adults behave and react the way they do! We figure that there are several hundred schools that are learning about ACEs science and are integrating trauma-informed and resilience-building tools, such as SEL and restorative practice. It's definitely a drop in the bucket, but it's a trend that's growing rapidly.
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Re: Trauma is Messy

Vincent J. Felitti, MD ·
As a teacher, keep in mind the great potential role of Theatre as enabling people to speak about the unspeakable: "Hey, I'm not talking about me! We're talking about what's up there on the stage." So, what if you were to ask a class if they've ever written a play. No? "So let's write a play today. Let's write a play, Hmm, let's write a play about someone who's growing up in a house where someone's getting hurt. What's his or her name? And where's the house: In town or out in the country? And...
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Re: Trauma is Messy

Thank you, Jon. This article is so inspiring. I am sharing it as widely as I can on social media and sending it to teacher friends who are so desperate to help their kids succeed. I love how you have let the students work, as best you can, at their own pace and space. Kids are rushed so much, and every experience of being rushed is a little reminder that they aren't fast enough; good enough. Allowing choices takes a little pressure off. A little pressure relief in the form of movement from...
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Re: One Teacher’s Heartfelt Strategy to Stop Future School Shootings—And It’s Not About Guns [msn.com]

Jennifer Lynn-Whaley ·
Laura - thank you so much for re-posting this blog. I turn to it again and again. The part about how every outward act of violence begins with inner loneliness is a kernel of truth that feels like the very reason we talk about the importance of relationship building, and asking questions like what happened to you? What's going on at home? I sent this to a handful of teachers at my kids' elementary school as well as to principals in the district I'm working with to support trauma informed...
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Re: Trauma-informed Schools: What Can YOU Do?

Hi, Drew: Thank you for your amazing, inspirational post! Recalling our meeting together last year, please know I'd like to schedule a phone meeting with you for a few minutes on including your trauma-informed online video courses with the menu of training opportunities on behalf of our San Diego region which our San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team's Training Committee is compiling.
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