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Secondary Trauma is an Occupational Hazard of Teaching.

There is a great deal of conversation in schools these days regarding trauma-sensitive (informed?) schooling. The laudable goal is to help educators understand the enormous impact of out of school trauma on student learning and behavior and to enable educators to reframe their teaching “moves/approach” to better support students and avoid re-traumatizing them. The trauma-sensitive […]

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Equity and Social & Emotional Learning: An Integrated Approach to Change

So often in our school communities, we think of making change by engaging a particular “approach” or program. And, in the field of “school reform”—we have often insisted on one approach or lens as being primary or most essential. This debate has often happened with SEL and Equity work—where, rather than seeing these frameworks as […]

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Welcoming the Unwelcome

Holiday stress. Climate change. Local and national political issues. At times we may survey the state of our schools and the world and wonder — how are we supposed to teach in the midst of all of this? Life is messy. The world is messy. And at times in our schools (especially during the holidays), […]

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Mindfulness for Educators 101

In this edition of Teaching Tips we explore another strand of our work – mindfulness. We define mindfulness as the natural human capacity to pay attention to our experience as it is happening in real time. Unfortunately, our current way of life typically overrides this innate capacity— and we too often unwittingly train ourselves in […]

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