Tagged With "School Nurse"

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The Relentless School Nurse: A Back to School Message From Your School's Chief Wellness Officer - The School Nurse

Robin M Cogan ·
The school nurse is your child’s Chief Wellness Officer! So first things first: be sure your school has a school nurse in your child’s building every day. If not, there are 55 million reasons to have one. School nurses have access to 95% of our nation’s 55 million children every day, all day. We are the dedicated, licensed health professionals in your school community, whose eyes and ears are an extension of yours. The history of school nursing goes back more than 100 years, to the tenements...
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The Relentless School Nurse: Finding Flowers and Hidden Biases

Robin M Cogan ·
When one of my four preschools celebrated Cinco de Mayo, they held a parade to kick off the fiesta. Since all of my students were marching in the parade, of course, I joined in the fun and provided extra support as we marched 60 students around several city blocks. I was the caboose at the very end of the parade line as we marched two by two in the neighborhood. My partner, 4-year-old Janielys (the name is changed), seemed very excited to be marching with the nurse! My students are primarily...
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Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School [npr.org]

Alicia Doktor ·
Your child doesn't want to go to school. It's a daily struggle that many parents are familiar with. But what if your child refuses to go to school? Mental health professionals and educators say what used to be considered run-of-the-mill truancy could actually be something else. Some cases of chronic absenteeism are now being called "school refusal," which is triggered by anxiety, depression, family crises and other traumatic events. It can lead to weeks or even months of missed school days.
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Re: Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School [npr.org]

Andi Fetzner ·
Underlying the term "refusal" are so many assumptions. Specifically, that there is a choice being made. When we can understand what is beneath this aversion, we can help choice exist. This cannot be achieved by the adults in the situation being frustrated, hopeless, and punitive. So many solutions are coming to a head. Thank you for this post. I hope we can continue to shift this conversation to a more solution-focused approach for kids and adults in distress.
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Thanks to One Mom, Schools Join the Farm-to-Table Movement (nationswell.com)

In New York’s Hudson Valley, farm-to-table food is no longer limited to upscale restaurants like Blue Hill Stone Barns. Because of mom Sandy McKelvey, fresh food grown on local farms is now bettering the fare in school cafeterias. The Farm-to-School movement took off in this rural, scenic region north of New York City in 2009, shortly after McKelvey and her family moved to Cold Spring Harbor. At her daughter’s new elementary school, she volunteered to introduce a new curriculum centered on a...
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The Relentless School Nurse: Grieving Alongside my Student

Robin M Cogan ·
I usually love the fall, anticipation of cooler days, the beauty of the leaves changing, back to school excitement and all that comes with a new season. That was true until the fall of 2009. There are events that mark before and after periods when life is irrevocably changed. In September of 2009, that moment came via the most unwanted phone call. My father had experienced, what the doctor called a “life-ending event”. The days leading up to and following his death are a blur, the impact...
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The Relentless School Nurse: What Happened at School Today - There are Just Some Things Nursing School Can’t Prepare You For

Robin M Cogan ·
Aaron Schaidle, BSN, RN is a new school nurse working in Indiana. He contacted me via Twitter to share his view of why we need a school nurse in every school. Aaron provides a compelling perspective on safe staffing, through his lens as a new school nurse. I appreciate Aaron adding his voice to this important discussion. The health and safety of our students and staff are at risk, why is this even a question in 2019? But, as we know it is...there is no shortage of school nurses willing to...
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The Relentless School Nurse: The Ripple Effect - When Community Violence Comes to School

Robin M Cogan ·
Elizabeth (Liz) Clark, MSN, RN NCSN is a school nurse's school nurse. Her leadership skills were honed as President of the CO Association of School Nurses. She served on the national level as the CO NASN Director, completing her term in 2017. Liz has a prominent presence on Twitter and uses the social media platform to elevate school nursing practice. Liz is a natural teacher and you can find her sharing the most recent peer-reviewed articles with colleagues to promote health and learning. A...
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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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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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The Relentless School Nurse: Imagine the School Nurse as the Chief Wellness Officer

Robin M Cogan ·
My summers are spent teaching at Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing in the School Nurse Certificate Program. It is truly one of my most cherished roles and this summer was no exception. Every year I learn alongside my students, all who are adult learners returning to school to meet the state requirements to become school nurses. But truthfully, it is so much more than only meeting course requirements. The students are vulnerable, learning a new nursing specialty, and challenging themselves in...
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Middle school tackles everybody's trauma; result is calmer, happier kids, teachers and big drop in suspensions

6 th grader Cayla White (right) helps lead class meditation with Niroga Institute’s Lauren Banister/ photos by Laurie Udesky During the 2014/2015 school year, things were looking grim at Park Middle School in Antioch, CA. At the time, staff couldn’t corral student disruptions. Teacher morale was plummeting. By the end of February 2015, 192 kids of the 997 students had been suspended -- 19.2 percent of the student population. “I was watching really good people burning out from the [teaching]...
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Battle Ground High School suspensions see massive drop over the last year [TheReflector.com]

Tory Henderson ·
Over the last four calendar school years the number of students being suspended by Battle Ground High School has dropped more than 50 percent. During the 2012-13 school year 387 students were suspended, compared to only 145 during the 2015-16 school year. BGHS Principal Mike Hamilton points at a number of different elements that has led to a more positive culture in the high school. He said it is a product of all the district cogs operating in unison and making student engagement and...
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Meet The Startup Healing Trauma One Text At A Time [Forbes.com]

Clare Reidy ·
Photo: Ashley Edwards and Alina Liao at UC Berkeley School of Business after winning 2nd place at the 2016 Global Social Innovation Competition. In 2016, the 30 largest cities in the United States experienced a double-digit increase in violent crime. From reports of shootings in Chicago to gang-related violence in LA , the media is constantly flooded with stories of violence in our urban communities. The effect this has is numbing: most of the time, one doesn’t stop to think of the lives...
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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-Sensitive Schools Training

Melissa Sadin ·
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Webinar: Addressing Trauma In Community Schools, Tuesday Nov 29th 2-3pm EST

To create healthy communities, we need to begin addressing the prevalence of trauma in our student’s lives. This webinar will discuss how community schools are helping to address trauma, as part of an effort to improve the health of communities. Speakers Include Tracey Schear, Director, Center for Healthy Schools and Communities, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency; Lara Kain, Senior Director, Transform Schools, Los Angeles Education Partnership; and Andrea Blanch, Acting Director,...
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What's the Benefit of Attending the Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools?

Julie Beem ·
The 1st annual Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools drew over 500 education professionals to Washington DC. We're planning next year's conference now. Here are some insights from attendees on the conference. The call for workshop presentations for CTSS 2019 is currently OPEN. Learn more here . Sign up to get notification about registration...which is opening by August 1, 2018. Join us in DC in February 2019 for the comprehensive, international conference to create trauma-informed...
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Addressing Trauma in Community Schools

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Re: Taking ACEs to School: Trauma-Informed Approaches in Higher Education

Rene Howitt ·
This movement from "What is wrong with you" to "What happened to you" is such a great start. There is so much to be done. Working with current professionals in education, law enforcement, child welfare, medical and on and on is only the first step though. The study of ACEs science should be added to under graduate curriculum for any profession dealing with children or patients. As I think of this what about the text books at the high school level for psychology or sociology. Have any of...
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Re: Taking ACEs to School: Trauma-Informed Approaches in Higher Education

Andrew Anastasia ·
I'm hoping to connect with folks in higher ed. (community college education, in particular) who are interested in or currently using trauma lenses to help interpret big data (e.g. drop rates in dev. ed.). Also, because this site has so many resources, it's hard to find information for conferences, etc. Looks like there was one in 2016, but does anyone know if more are planned for 2017 and beyond? Thanks!
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Re: Webinar: Addressing Trauma In Community Schools, Tuesday Nov 29th 2-3pm EST

Emerald Montgomery ·
Here are links to the recording and presentation slides: Click here for the recording Click here for a PDF of the presentation slides
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Taking ACEs to School: Trauma-Informed Approaches in Higher Education

Anndee Hochman ·
“What happened to you?” isn’t just a question for therapists to ask their troubled clients. It’s a question that should inform the work of physicians, nurses, lawyers, educators, social workers and public health advocates from the time they are learning their professions to each real-world encounter. That’s the hope of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF) , whose workforce development group released a toolkit to help faculty across a range of disciplines weave content on adverse childhood...
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The Monumental Task Of Reopening Puerto Rico's Schools [npr.org]

Alicia Doktor ·
The schools in Puerto Rico are facing massive challenges. All the public schools are without electricity, and more than half don't have water. More than 100 are still functioning as shelters. But Puerto Rico's secretary of education, Julia Keleher, tells us that the schools that are open are serving as connection points for communities. They've become a place where children and their families can eat a hot meal and get some emotional support, too. [For more on this story by MERRIT KENNEDY,...
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The Relentless School Nurse: Dr. Beth Jameson Challenges School Nurses to be #ResourceSponges

Robin M Cogan ·
Beth Jameson, Ph.D., RN, NJ-CSN is a Nurse Scientist with a newly minted Ph.D. from Rutgers University. I was fortunate to meet Beth when she was in the midst of her dissertation research, which included interviewing school nurses about job satisfaction. I will never forget our intense and honest discussion when I shared my frustration with feeling like a “caged bird” at school. In fact, it was so eye-opening that I wrote a blog post called “The Tale of the Caged Bird.” Beth and I bonded...
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An imperative for those in "towers" to connect with the realities of trauma in schools

Judi Vanderhaar ·
Boosting SEL in K-12's "Ivory Towers" Educational Leadership October 2018 | Volume 76 | Number 2 The Promise of Social-Emotional Learning Those of us in administration must lift our "social awareness" by getting closer to schools and the people inside them. The superintendent's leadership team for the district where I was working had just finished its Monday morning meeting. One member of that team stopped as he passed by my cubicle to view the large poster I'd recently hung up. It displayed...
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Re: An imperative for those in "towers" to connect with the realities of trauma in schools

Jim Walters ·
Spot on! Nicely written Judi! I recently tweeted the way you know a District is truly trauma-informed is when your Superintendent leads each meeting with a grounding exercise Something of note for the TI community: There is an upcoming #suptchat next week, Nov. 7 at 7pmCT to discuss mental health sel leadership in schools. All the efforts that are taking place in the schoolhouse with Little P (policy) needs to be supported within the district/state Large P (policy). Our movement benefits...
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My daughter with severe anxiety/ k-12

Sharon Przybylski ·
Hi there ! My name is Sharon and I am desperately trying to get my daughter out of high school due to the trauma she has suffered. On top of having SEVERE anxiety , she was attacked at school and other girls have come out of the woodwork threatening her. I pulled her out of school and now I am trying to find a k-12 that will work with her IEP (which is due to her anxiety) as well as her ACES . Please someone help me !!! Thank you !
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Re: My daughter with severe anxiety/ k-12

Hi Sharon, I may be able to help you connect to local resources, where are you located?
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Linda Cliatt-Wayman: How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard

Alfredo Leano ·
"On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead — and to love the students, no matter what — is a model for leaders in all fields." To see Linda...
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Osborn School District Board Writes Resolution Supporting Trauma Informed Practices

Katie Paetz ·
As a district, we are dedicated to trauma-informed practices and teaching resilience in a manner that is supported by science. At this point, we need our state and national leaders to catch up to the classroom.” says Katie Paetz, Osborn Governing Board President.
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Osborn School District Board Writes Resolution Supporting Trauma Informed Practices

Katie Paetz ·
As a district, we are dedicated to trauma-informed practices and teaching resilience in a manner that is supported by science. At this point, we need our state and national leaders to catch up to the classroom.” says Katie Paetz, Osborn Governing Board President.
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Buddy bench a big hit at Saskatoon's Willowgrove School

Pam Hansen ·
When you don't have anyone to play with, you go to the buddy bench at Willowgrove School. Follow the link to view a 1 minute video on this trauma sensitive approach to playground inclusion: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/buddy-bench-willowgrove-school-1.3505066
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An Opportunity to Inform an Educational Council

Katrina Masterson ·
Hello ACES in Education Community! I have a rare opportunity to speak to our Congressman's Educational Council in their upcoming meeting on March 29 Here's the thing: I'm not a teacher or parent! And I know that Virginia as a whole may be somewhat behind other States. But I'm not letting these things deter me. I'm passionate about ACEs and trauma-informed approaches! And as a concerned citizen, I know that spreading awareness to the schools can help shift the school/youth violence tide. We...
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Is Your School Ready to be Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive?

Leisa Irwin ·
If you are like many teachers, social workers, or administrators in schools, you've been reading about the need for trauma informed care and trauma sensitive schools. Odds are you didn't need to read the research to know something that you were already seeing in your classrooms, school hallways, and community. Unfortunately reading about it, seeing the need, wanting to make changes, doesn't make the change happen. Five years ago, as the executive director of a school that needed to change, I...
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Maine at-risk youth agency applies to become state charter school [www.bangordailynews.com]

Leisa Irwin ·
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff Posted Sept. 01, 2016, at 5:43 p.m. NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — A nonprofit that works with youth at risk of not making it through high school has applied to fill the last open charter school slot in the state. New Gloucester-based Wayfinder Schools wants to start Wayfinder Academy, which would begin with about 100 high schoolers, primarily teen parents and other at-risk youth. The group already runs residential and home-based programs for about 80 teens who risked...
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Embedding Trauma-informed Practices within Existing School-wide Practices

Jim Walters ·
https://medium.com/@drjimwalters/embedding-trauma-informed-practices-within-existing-school-wide-practices-a17a65256f36
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Re: Buddy bench a big hit at Saskatoon's Willowgrove School

Deborah Bock ·
Thank you for the post about the Buddy Bench! It's such a simple intervention that has a powerful impact! And it's just the type of thing that a PTA would be delighted to fund. I am going to do my best to promote the idea in the Anchorage School District and beyond. Deborah Bock Anchorage, Alaska
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Re: Buddy bench a big hit at Saskatoon's Willowgrove School

Deborah Bock ·
When I Googled “Buddy Bench” I found a lot of information --- Second-Grader's Cure For Playground Loneliness: A Buddy Bench http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...bench_n_4378248.html Buddy Bench Creates a Safe Spot for Shy Classmates to Find Friends http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...e132e4b079b28189dcd2 WANTED: Playground Buddy http://www.tolerance.org/magaz...ted-playground-buddy Buddy Benches can be made by placing a sign on an existing bench. They are also available commercially from School...
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Re: How Do American Kids Become Murderers?

Kaci May ·
I was hoping for an article that would address children adopted from foster care, children with significant trauma backgrounds, now intelligent and healthy adoptive parents who beg for help. Where are resources for significantly mentally ill children?
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Re: How Do American Kids Become Murderers?

Robbyn Peters Bennett ·
Here is a post with an article in NM Politics discussing this very issue. https://www.acesconnection.com/...of-effects-of-damage
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Re: How Do American Kids Become Murderers?

Natalia Garceau ·
Kaci, Go to this web site. Register. https://www.attachmenttraumanetwork.org/ ATN is a non-profit organization that was started by the mothers of adopted children with severe disabilities (some of these children came from orphanages from overseas). When neither parents nor teachers could give answers as to what to do with these kids, their mothers went back to school and started their own research looking for any information possible how to help their children. They started their own chat...
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Re: How Do American Kids Become Murderers?

Natalia Garceau ·
https://www.attachmenttraumanetwork.org/ https://www.attachmenttraumanetwork.org/ Everyone who deals with childhood trauma needs to know this resource. ATN is a non-profit organization that was started by the mothers of adopted children with severe disabilities (some of these children came from orphanages from overseas). When neither parents nor teachers could give answers as to what to do with these kids, their mothers went back to school and started their own research looking for any...
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Re: How Do American Kids Become Murderers?

Natalia Garceau ·
Thanks, Robbyn! Great post! Sharing it on FB.
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Re: Is Your School Ready to be Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive?

Melissa Sadin ·
Leisa, Thank you for this valuable information! Melissa
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Re: Embedding Trauma-informed Practices within Existing School-wide Practices

Jody McVittie ·
Yes... AND...With all due respect, I think we are asking for more really. It isn't about what it looks like, it is how it is lived. To do that we have to dig deep and think about the systems, even in education, that perpetuate the systemic inequities. We used to teach using praise and by making students "pay" or hurt (consequences). Now there are more effective tools to adopt. When we really dig deep, we must re-examine how to build relationships, inspire internally instead of externally -...
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Re: Is Your School Ready to be Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive?

Kevin Denvir ·
Really well explained and useful post. Thank you Leisa.
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Purple Glasses video produced by Teeland Middle School

Pam Hansen ·
This is an amazing video created and produced by jr high students and their teachers about being trauma sensitive. It was based on the Got Service video. It is well-done and quite impactful! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeRab5X3Mkg
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Re: Purple Glasses video produced by Teeland Middle School

Linda Chamberlain ·
Thanks for sharing! Great resource for all our schools in Alaska (and beyond!)
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