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Connection Across Divides

Creating Connection Across Divides

These are challenging times in our country—a time when there is much division, polarization, and heartache in our communities. Wherever we are at this time, as educators we can continue to remember what our commitment is to young people—and how we can make a difference by creating environments where all students are served and where […]

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Completing the Year with Intention

The end of 2019 is upon us! Along with the celebratory activities of this time of year come increased stressors and pressure—from finals and end of semester projects to social events and family gatherings. And, this year, all of this pre-holiday activity is taking place in the midst of intense national and international politics and […]

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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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SEL&Equity

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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