Vermont’s Department of Mental Health is Leading the Way in New England

By Lauren Kiesel and Weng Yee Mooi, CEI Interns Vermont has made a large commitment to supporting its citizens’ mental health through initiatives launched by Vermont’s Department of Mental Health (DMH). The state’s DMH is innovative in its level of holistic compassion and positive goals and practices.  Its vision is that “mental health will be
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Learning from Tragedy: How A Bullying-Related Teen Suicide Led to SEL Reform in Massachusetts

By Kaela Farrise, CEI Intern, and Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support This article  is based on an interview with Jillayne (Jill) Flanders, former principal in South Hadley, MA, and currently an educational consultant (August 6, 2019). After a tragedy propelled her district into national news, Jill Flanders, then a school principal
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Featured Fellow: Erica McLaughlin

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support Erica McLaughlin, a C-TLC Fellow, is an elementary school principal and also a Vermont Principals Association Executive Council Board Member (August 5, 2019). Erica McLaughlin, principal of Randolph Elementary School in Vermont, has been on a journey to lead her staff in bringing mindfulness to
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The State of Mental Health in New England Schools: Innovations, Needs, and Future Directions

By Vien Nguyen, CEI Intern, William Foley, Jr., CEI Intern, and Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support Is New England largely urban or rural? Poverty-stricken or wealthy? Stuck in the past or zooming into the future? The answer, like the region itself, is complex. New England, comprised of the six most northeastern
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