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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)