Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: This is How Problems are Solved

By Aisha Powell, CEI Intern Disruptive behavior in children—from having an occasional angry outburst, or escalating to more troublesome actions, like lying and stealing—is much more complex than it looks. While it can range in expression, the trauma that is often at the root of such behavior can result in emotional and mental disorders down
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Equity in Education Part V: Belonging is Essential to Student Success

By Kaela Farrise, CEI Program Assistant, Innovation & Research Support This is the fifth part of the special series Equity in Education. The true purpose of education is something that has been debated for hundreds of years without one ultimate conclusion—but one expert, Dr. Yvette Jackson, will tell you the purpose is to support students in
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Featured Fellow: Trauma-Responsive, Healing Practices with Pamela Reed, Director of Equity and Inclusion in the Rutland City Public School District

By Michelle Hull, CEI Intern Pamela Reed, an educator who has worn many hats during her 13 years of service in the Rutland City Public School system, has transformed the district’s posture towards trauma-skilled practices in the classroom. As a former special educator and classroom teacher at Shrewsbury Mountain School and Rutland’s Northwest Primary School,
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Mindfulness as a Lifeline to Alleviate Stress and Suffering, Increase Health and Well-Being

By Michele Rivers Murphy, CEI Associate Director of Heart Centered Learning The expression, “Hindsight is 20/20” becomes more meaningful as we struggle and are challenged daily in the year 2020. Before COVID-19 hit, many school communities struggled with unspeakable trauma and stress at unprecedented rates, with no zip code immune to experiencing some type of
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Schools and Families Working Together to Promote Mindfulness as a Community-Care Practice

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support As students, families, and educators embark on the most stressful Back to School season in their lifetimes, they are looking towards mindfulness to bring a sense of peace, calm, and clarity in these times of uncertainty and fear. “Self-care” has become an even more prevalent
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Helping Students Cope with COVID and Death

By Meghan Wenzel, CEI Researcher & Writer Uncertainty, change, fear, and loss can make anyone feel anxious, confused, and sad. In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has turned everyone’s lives upside down. Schools have closed, families are confined inside, jobs have disappeared, and loved ones have died. It’s important to check in with children
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In a World of Noise, Music is the Answer

By Zenisha Shah, CEI intern One’s journey with music begins in the mother’s womb. We hear music before we see the world. Every culture throughout the world has music at its core. In addition to being a form of entertainment and celebration, music has numerous benefits. It alleviates mood and decreases stress, as well as
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