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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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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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Being Present in Times of Fear and Worry

This is Part 3 of a six-part series on the Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching. Part 1 –  A “Compass” for Our Times Part 2 – Cultivating an Open Heart Being Present Since we last wrote, another school shooting has turned the world of educators upside down. This tragedy, which irrevocably changed the lives of everyone in […]

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Creating Safe Places

The Importance of Cultural Responsiveness At This Time in Our World From its inception, PassageWorks Institute has been committed to the creation of safe places for students, families and educators.  With her book, The Soul of Education, founder Rachael Kessler urged educators to invite the vulnerable inner lives of students into the public space of […]

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Mindful Leadership for Educators

In the field of education, we are all leaders. Though our roles within school districts and school buildings vary, we all have an impact on the young people we work with and the adults we interact with. And from this place of leadership—daily, we have opportunities to create interactions with students and colleagues that build trust […]

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Understanding and Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness is showing up everywhere I look: a segment with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes, cover stories in Parade Magazine, Time and Scientific American, as well as frequent stories in the New York Times. You might be wondering, what exactly is Mindfulness and how is it related to Engaged Teaching? First and foremost, mindfulness is […]

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