The Adolescent Experience in the Wake of COVID-19

By Michelle Hull, CEI Intern Imagine, for a moment, that you are fourteen years old, sixteen years old, eighteen years old. Transport yourself to the entrance of your middle school. Remember what it felt like to walk into your favorite high school classroom. Access how you felt when an important concept finally clicked. Remember it
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Courageous Conversations Part IV: Examining an Urgent Need for Change

By Dr. Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director, Kaela Farrise, CEI Program Assistant, Innovation & Research Support, and Kelsey Remeis, CEI Intern Educators, administrators, staff, parents, students, and community members bring their full selves into schools through their varying roles. These selves are shaped by the attitudes of those we grew up with and are in
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Holding America in the Cradle of Justice

Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) Statement on Racial Equity and Justice by Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director; Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation and Research Support; and Ingrid Padgett, CEI Director of Development and Communications Our hearts ache. In this moment, we are mostly sad, most of the time. We know that change is painful.
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Understanding Self-Harm in Students: Part 2 Treatment and Prevention

By Didi Dunin, CEI Intern  An understanding of the warning signs and appropriate means of intervention for non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) can help reduce the incidence of this increasingly widespread behavior. Thankfully, more schools are recognizing this problem and taking action to reach students using NSSI to regulate their emotions. While intervention is essential, we know
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Understanding Self-Harm in Students: Part 1

By Didi Dunin, CEI Intern  Parents and educators may not always recognize that their children or students, who outwardly seem happy and well-balanced, are practicing self-harm, but its prevalence makes it an important issue for adults to understand and address. Many youth turn to self-harm to alleviate the emotional pain they are experiencing. Approximately two
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Childhood Trauma Hearing: The House Oversight and Reform Committee

By Vien Nguyen, CEI Intern and Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support “I was labeled as a troubled youth, when really I just needed someone to recognize I was being hurt” testified Creeanna Aviles-Rygg. A survivor-activist, Aviles-Rygg was one of many witnesses who spoke passionately in July in front of the Committee
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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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