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Sunday, December 25, 2016

How SEL prepares students for academics, life - Excellent article - well worth the read! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

An increasing number of schools are making social-emotional learning a priority, and the trend is expected to grow, asserts David Adams, director of social and emotional learning at the Urban Assembly in New York City. In this blog post, he highlights the benefits of SEL and his school's approach.
SmartBrief/Education (12/21)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Here is an article on how some schools are using mindfulness to atune students to their emotions and build self control. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Schools decrease detentions with mindfulness

Officials in some US schools are introducing mindfulness practices in the classroom as an alternative to traditional discipline. At one Baltimore elementary school that has adopted this approach, officials report fewer trips to the principal's office and no suspensions over the past two years.
U.S. News & World Report (12/8)  Bookmark and Share

Monday, December 5, 2016

Restorative justice helps keep students in school - Here is a great articl on conflict resulution Courtes of Mind/Shift

Some school officials in New Orleans are using restorative justice circles for conflict resolution. The method is keeping more students in school, saving about 1,800 instructional hours that otherwise would have been lost to suspensions since January 2015, according to the Center for Restorative Approaches.
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

This is a great article on Kindness. We need to think about starting this conversation so we are all working towards the same goal. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Survey: Parents, teachers try to define kindness
Both parents and teachers believe it is important for children to be kind, but they define kindness in
different ways, according to a recent survey of 2,000 parents and 500 teachers from the Sesame Workshop, the educational nonprofit behind Sesame Street. Parents tended to choose polite manners as being more important in showing kindness, whereas teachers placed a higher value on empathy.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Educators learn about "trauma-informed" schools - New research indicates adverse childhood experiences can add up to trauma! Well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

The trauma-informed schools model -- in place in Boston for more than a decade -- is gaining traction in the St. Louis region. Educators from 26 schools and districts recently gathered to discuss the model, which focuses on understanding how trauma affects learning and behavior.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11/4) 

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Is bullying a canary in a coal mine? - Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Bullying is like an invisible canary in a coal mine -- a signal of some underlying problem in a school -- writes long-time educator Jim Dillon. In this blog post, he suggests several ways school leaders can determine if there is an issue with the school's culture or climate.
SmartBrief/Education (10/17) 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Data that gives us some food for thought. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Study looks at suicide trends in children, adolescents
Elementary-age children who died by suicide were more likely to have attention-deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity, while young adolescents who committed suicide were more likely to have depression or dysthymia, according to a study in Pediatrics. The findings, based on 2003 to 2012 National Violent Death Reporting System data involving youths ages 5 to 14 in 17 states, also showed a higher likelihood of relationship problems with family or friends among those ages 5 to 11, while 12- to 14-year-olds were more likely to have romantic relationship problems.
HCPLive (11/2) 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

4 steps to successful SEL programs - Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Educators are teaching social-emotional lessons in various ways, including combining SEL with standard academic instruction. "You don't want to have social-emotional learning being taught in a 45-minute lesson and nothing else," said Sean Slade, ASCD's director of outreach.
District Administration magazine online (10/10),  

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

District adopts anti-bullying, security app - This is a great article. Perhaps it would apply to your school. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Students, parents, staff and others in an Ohio school district now have access to an anti-bullying and safety-reporting mobile app. School officials recently announced adoption of the Anonymous Alerts app.
District Administration magazine online (10/7) 
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

What constitutes success in school? Here is a report on possibilities for incorporating the care standards into schools. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

The newly developed National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development will launch a multiyear initiative exploring how schools can incorporate social and emotional learning principles into learning. The group -- a diverse set of education stakeholders -- is expected to develop a list of recommendations for schools.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/20),  T.H.E. Journal (9/20) 

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn

Here is an excellent article on mindfulness and student success.  It especially focuses 
on students with trauma.  There are more than we like to think.  Well worth the read.  
Courtesy of Mind/Shift.
Neurological research shows that tragic experiences can affect brain development 
and impact a child's ability to concentrate and relax. Schools are discovering 
that practicing mindfulness can helps students who have experienced trauma 
develop self-calming skills. At one school in Oakland, a group of students found 
the practice so transformative that they wrote a book about it. 
Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress 
teaches other children how mindfulness can help them deal with family conflicts, 
sad feelings and sibling rivalry.Learn More
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Study: Mindfulness can work for teachers, too. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Mindfulness may help educators reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and burnout, according to a study of teachers in New York City who took part in a program offered by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience for Educators. CARE is funded, in part, by the US Department of Education.
National Public Radio (8/19)  Bookmark and Share

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Here is a great article on what one school is doing to help students with anxiety. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

How one school serves students with anxiety

Severe anxiety sometimes can stand in the way of a student going to school. Officials at a Virginia school are working to accommodate such students through a program that allows for private entrances into the building and partitions between workstations.
National Public Radio/WAMU-FM (9/13)  Bookmark and Share

Monday, September 12, 2016

Reflection is as important for teachers as it is on students. Here is a free webinar that provides support for supervisers when they are working with teachers. The focus is on helping teachers reflect on their teaching in order to enable growth. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Free webinar: Making Teachers Better, Not Bitter
Join Paul Mielke, coauthor of the new ASCD book "Making Teachers Better, Not Bitter: Balancing Evaluation, Supervision, and Reflection for Professional Growth," in an engaging webinar where he will introduce a comprehensive road map to help schools and districts move beyond judgment as the driving force behind systems of teacher evaluation. Together you will explore the premises, processes and protocols of systems that empower teachers to engage in meaningful, purposeful reflection as they move toward expertise. Thursday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m. EDT. Register now.
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

This is a post regarding the social and emotional standards - helping us to think about our responsibilities. It is well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

How can schools support students' mental health needs?

About 1 in 5 children in the US suffers from a mental health condition, and nearly 80% of those children do not receive mental health services. Educators, experts and others discuss ways schools could help close this gap.
National Public Radio (8/31) 

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hot off the press from ASCD...explicit strategies for teaching students metacognitive strategies. Well worth the read!

Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains
If the difference between a student's success and failure were something specific you could teach, wouldn't you? Metacognition is exactly that -- a tool that helps students unlock the brain's amazing power and take control of their learning. Educational researchers and professional developers Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers have been exploring and using the explicit teaching of metacognition for years, and in this new book they share a practical way to teach preK-12 students how to drive their brains. Learn more.
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Here is a GREAT article on how teachers can impact a student's perception of their ability to succeed in school. This well worth the read, courtesy of SmartBrief.

How teachers shape students' stories
How educators think -- and talk -- about students can affect a student's trajectory in school, veteran educator Jim Dillon writes in this blog post. He shares a story about two educators' perceptions of the same student.
SmartBrief/Education (6/15)  Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

This is one of the best articles I have read on resilience in thinking in a while. Enjoy! Courtesy of theguardian.

The science of resilience: how to teach students to persevere
Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis shares three simple techniques to help teachers build resilience in their students|By Judy Willis
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