Tagged With "students"

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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: A "When the Nickel Dropped" Story - Sometimes It's Something So Small

I really love this story! I love the focus on the students' interests and how it leads to the building of relationship, and how this effort had the unanticipated impact of identifying a major talent, with ensuing benefits for the child and teacher in the classroom. It has all the elements that you would anticipate from a knowledge of human, child, and lifespan development, and it played out with just a little attentiveness from the teacher. What a great example of resilient teaching. I hope...
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Re: Closing the Empathy Gap in Education

Thank you so much Lee-Anne for your post! The Connect Group's development of your empathy circles is an exemplary model of intentional listening, reflection and sharing through authentic vulnerability. Profound! Having the blessing of your youth leaders facilitating and teaching empathy circles with our systems engaged youth in our City of San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention & Intervention's Youth Sub-Committee, we were grateful for their leadership on behalf of our youths' skill...
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Re: Closing the Empathy Gap in Education

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray ·
You're welcome, Dana! Thanks for all you do to support the movement, and for recommending the post! Our youth leaders are eager to serve, and found very empowered peers at the Sub-Committee meeting. Bravo!
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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: 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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Re: Trauma-informed Schools: What Can YOU Do?

Drew Schwartz ·
Hello, Dana, Thank you for your kind words! I recall from our phone conversation that you infuse an exorbitant amount of heart, talent and vision into trauma informed work to help so many people. Yes, I would like to speak with you about including my trauma-informed online video courses in the opportunities you are compiling as part of the San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team's Training committee. Please reach out at your convenience.
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Re: One Teacher’s Heartfelt Strategy to Stop Future School Shootings—And It’s Not About Guns [msn.com]

Laura Pinhey ·
You're welcome, Jennifer. I shared it here because I feel like the teacher described in the article "gets it" -- and it's at the heart of why I believe so many of us choose to gather here on ACN for sharing and discussion.
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SOURCE Seminar Helps Learn4Life Students Thrive

Nevin Newell ·
Students of Unity, Respect, Consciousness and Empowerment (S.O.U.R.C.E.) is a seminar offered at Learrn4Life’s Innovation High School National City and Chula Vista resource centers that promotes empowerment, resiliency building, and leadership skills. Students engage in the seminar using project-based learning where they are tasked with creating a public service announcement. This exercise gives students a platform to voice their needs and explore issues that are relevant to them. It also...
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The Educators Helping Students Through Trauma

Ian Gordon ·
A comic strip depicts how one New Orleans school’s emphasis on student safety and emotional well-being has helped a 13-year-old navigate a family crisis. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/10/the-educators-helping-students-through-trauma/544188/
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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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Starting the School Year Optimally

Karen Gross ·
So, the start of the school year is not easy for many students, especially those who have experienced or are experiencing trauma and stress and abuse. And, for those who have experience Big T trauma (immigration issues; fires; floods), the beginning of the academic year may not be easy. I think we have, unfortunately, not recognized the many aspects that need to be considered on the first few days of school. Transitions are not easy and we tend to think that one day orientations, filling out...
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Re: Starting the School Year Optimally

Hi, Karen: Nice essay! If you’re interested in posting the whole essay on ACEs Connection, we can include it in the Daily Digest and will clone to ACEs in Education. If you decide to do so, feel free to link to your blog, LinkedIn page or web page at the end of the essay. Cheers, Jane Jane Stevens Founder, publisher ACEsConnection.com ACEsTooHigh.com ACEs = Adverse Childhood Experiences 707-495-1112 jstevens@acesconnection.com > On Aug 6, 2018, at 8:24 AM, ACEsConnection <...
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Holiday Stress, Self Care and Mirror Neurons

Josh MacNeill ·
With Thanksgiving behind us, and the new year looming ahead, we are clearly in the midst of the holiday season. It is easy to focus on our students and their behavior this time of year. However, I would like to turn the focus back on us: the educators, caregivers and administrators. Though it is likely for different reasons than our students, many of us find the holidays to be a rather stressful time. You may be hosting, cooking, traveling, shopping, wrapping, financially strained,...
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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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Navigating the Holidays for Students with ACEs

Josh MacNeill ·
Over the last few weeks, I have had countless conversations with schools about the uptick of behavioral issues this time of year. Many educators are recognizing that students with ACE’s have a tough time around the holidays, but very few people know what to do about it. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, below are the top three pieces of advice I have been sharing. Avoid some of the most common holiday traditions: When we have negative experiences, our brain latches on to everything...
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An Interview with Alfonso Ramirez on Trauma Informed Schools

Maureen Hinman ·
In 2016, the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance (OSBHA) worked to pass a bill to pilot trauma informed schools and funds were allocated to support two pilot schools, Tigard High School (THS) in Tigard, OR and Central High School (CHS) in Independence, OR. This is the third year of the pilot. OSBHA has been providing technical assistance to the two schools, working closely with the Trauma Informed Schools Coordinators’ hired to transform the schools. Alfonso Ramirez is the coordinator at...
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Re: An Interview with Alfonso Ramirez on Trauma Informed Schools

Loved the info about "student advisory committee called the Trauma Informed Equity Committee which has created a pilot student climate survey to get a good look into how students experience teacher and peer relationships, the student environment, and equity in their education." Wondering if they educate students about ACEs and if so, how is that done? Also loved how he talked about the subtle nature of the outcomes of this work but also the fact they were able to drop their disciplinary...
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Shootings & Suicides Past the Tipping-Point: ACEs Epidemic & Declining Lifespans in US

Michael Sirbola ·
Re: Building community by facing collective trauma with hope I am writing from Broward county, Florida, the school district in which the MSD school shooting occurred and that gave rise to the March for Our Lives Movement sparked by our students. Mankind has developed solutions to deal with self-perpetuating waves and EPIDEMICS of BEHAVIORALLY TRANSMITTED Neuro-Toxic Stress, CPTSD Trauma & ACEs that cause FIXED-MINDSET reactive black and white Scarcity-based thinking to increase and...
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Student Discipline & Co-Regulation

Michael McKnight ·
Co-regulating Students Correcting student behavior is part of our work as educators yet often it can lead to escalation of student behaviors. As teachers we can learn ways that can lead to students actually hearing what it is we say. Note: For anything positive to come of our concern both the adult and the young person need to be in the executive center of our brains!! I intentionally use the term "care-fronting" rather then confronting. As teachers and administrators we want to learn skills...
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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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25 WAYS TO SAVE TIME & TAKE LESS WORK HOME (teach4theheart.com)

Alfredo Leano ·
"So many teachers take home loads of work each night, yet others somehow find themselves going home empty-handed. What’s the difference? While you may be tempted to say this is due to laziness or a lack of effort (which, unfortunately, is sometimes the case), that’s not always true. Some teachers have really learned the art of being ultra-efficient while they’re at work…..so they can take less home." "6. Focus on efficiency, not speed. If you’re anything like me, when you try to rush &...
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It's Tricky

Martha Merchant ·
Use your words. It seems like such a friendly, gentle reminder. And it would make grown up lives so much easier if kids would just say what they want! Except what if they a) don’t know the right words or b) don’t know what they want? I walked up on an educator (let’s call them G) and a small child in the hallway. I could see the child had been crying, and was now stomping their feet and making sounds with their mouth, something like, “Uh uh uh uh uhhhh!” G, who was kneeling down on the...
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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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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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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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Native American Students Suspended at Higher Rates Than Peers. New Report Looks at Solutions [desertsun.com]

By Risa Johnson, Palm Springs Desert Sun, September 30, 2019 Native American students in California's public schools face higher-than-average suspension rates, according to a new report. A joint effort between California State University, San Diego, and the Sacramento Native American Higher Education Collaborative, the report outlines what it calls troubling trends regarding how school administrators discipline students. Racial disparities in school discipline, particularly for African...
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The Beginning of the End of Random Searches: Students Know What They Need Next [fixschooldiscipline.org]

By Ashley Ruano, Fix School Discipline, October 1, 2019 The #StudentNotSuspects coalition has long worked in Los Angeles to end the random searches policy that discriminate against students and create a hostile campus environment for students to learn. For many years, Los Angeles Unified School District implemented mandatory random metal detector searches in middle and high schools. The searches did not make campus environments more secure. Instead, the policy targeted, and criminalized...
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California Plans to End 'Lunch Shaming' That Guarantees Meals for All Students [usatoday.com]

By Joshua Bote, USA Today, October 14, 2019 A bill signed Saturday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to cut the recent trend in schools of "lunch shaming." SB 265, which was originally introduced by California state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, will require that all public school students have a "state reimbursable" meal provided by the school "even if their parent or guardian has unpaid meal fees." It amends the Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act of 2017, which previously stated...
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Study: Black Students Face 'Accumulation of Disadvantage' [educationdive.com]

By Naaz Modan, Education Dive, October 10, 2019 Dive Brief: A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles' Center for the Transformation of Schools finds a student's quality of life is linked to his or her academic performance. Where they live, access to healthy food, and quality of air and healthcare are among factors that influence academic performance and the schools they attend. Black students in Los Angeles — who are already faced with higher suspension rates, attend...
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California's First Surgeon General: Screen Every Student for Childhood Trauma [nbcnews.com]

By Patrice Gaines, NBC News, October 11, 2019 Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has an ambitious dream: screen every student for childhood trauma before entering school. "A school nurse would also get a note from a physician that says: 'Here is the care plan for this child's toxic stress. And this is how it shows up,'" said Burke Harris, who was appointed California's first surgeon general in January. "It could be it shows up in tummy aches. Or it's impulse control and behavior, and we offer a care...
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California Plans to End 'Lunch Shaming' That Guarantees Meals for All Students [usatoday.com]

By Joshua Bote, USA Today, October 14, 2019 A bill signed Saturday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to cut the recent trend in schools of "lunch shaming." SB 265, which was originally introduced by California state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, will require that all public school students have a "state reimbursable" meal provided by the school "even if their parent or guardian has unpaid meal fees." It amends the Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act of 2017, which previously stated...
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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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A Landmark Lawsuit Aimed to Fix Special Ed for California's Black Students. It Didn't. [kqed.org]

By Lee Romney, KQED, October 18, 2019 Darryl Lester was at his mom’s place in Tacoma, Washington, when a letter he’d been waiting for arrived in the mail. At 40, he was destitute, in pain and out of work. The letter delivered good news: Lester would be getting disability benefits after blowing out his back in a sheet metal accident. But he crumpled it up and threw it in the trash. Why? Because he couldn’t read it. From first through seventh grades, Lester had attended three public schools in...
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In School Suspensions the Answer to School Discipline? Not Necessarily, Experts Say [edsource.org]

By Carolyn Jones, EdSource, October 29, 2019 More California schools are allowing disruptive students to serve suspensions on campus instead of sending them home. But experts said educators need to provide those students with high-quality behavior counseling for that approach to be successful. Schools throughout the state have embraced in-school suspensions in recent years, as studies have shown that traditional out-of-school suspensions can hurt students’ academic performance and actually...
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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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No More 'At-Risk' Students in California [insidehighered.com]

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, November 5, 2019 A decades-long effort to change how educators talk about students facing economic or social challenges has been backed by California lawmakers. A bill to remove references to “at-risk youth” and replace the term with “at-promise youth” in California’s Education Code and Penal Code was approved by California governor Gavin Newsom in mid-October. The California Education Code is a collection of laws primarily applying to public K-12...
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Re: No More 'At-Risk' Students in California [insidehighered.com]

Jessie Graham ·
I am so glad to see this! we have some more work to do. The most stigmatizing language we use is in Special Education: Special Day Classes; Mild Moderate and Moderate Severe.... I am not sure what they mean? I would love to work with others to shift this to more of a Growth Mindset!
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Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills in Schools Could be Traumatic for Students [npr.org]

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro, Sophia Alvarez-Boyd, and James Doubek, National Public Radio, November 10, 2019 A regular drumbeat of mass shootings in the U.S., both inside schools and out, has ramped up pressure on education and law enforcement officials to do all they can to prevent the next attack. Close to all public schools in the U.S. conducted some kind of lockdown drill in 2015-2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Last year, 57% of teens told researchers they...
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