The Power of the Collective: Overcoming Adversities Together Through the Community Resiliency Model

By Melody Mann, CEI Intern The Community Resiliency Model (CRM) is an evidence based practice that focuses on training community members to help one another as a collective in their wider social networks. This skill-based stabilization program helps people understand how to realign the natural balance of their nervous system (Trauma Resource Institute, 2020). CRM
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Building Community Resilience: Healthcare workers and Educators Addressing and Reducing Trauma (HEART) Collective

By Taylor Bryan Turner, SAMHSA Region One Assistant Regional Administrator, and Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support The collective trauma we are enduring with the COVID-19 pandemic, persistent racial injustice, and violence in our nation’s capital and around the country, has led communities to come together to address youth and family mental
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Advocating for Community Wellness: Empowering Student, Family, and Educator Voice

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support, and Ingrid Padgett, CEI Director of Communications and Development Who knows better what a school community needs to thrive than the students, families, and educators who serve them? Often, policies, procedures, and important decisions are crafted by administrators at the district, state, and federal level,
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Featured Fellow: Providence’s District Coordinator for Project AWARE Amy Messenger Discusses the Importance of Community Wellness

By Jenna Wyman, CEI Intern Providence, Rhode Island School District’s Amy Messenger has always felt the drive to support others. Starting with volunteer work in high school and college, eventually working professionally as a social worker and in foster care, she is an individual who truly personifies the values of community wellness. Through these early
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Attack on the Sanctity of Our Democracy

A joint statement from MEMSPA (the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association) and the Center for Educational Improvement John Lewis wrote shortly before his death, “ Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and
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Music, a Tool to be More Mindful?

By Zenisha Shah, CEI Writer and Counselor at Innisfree House School Today’s schools and education look a lot different from what they were a decade ago. Digitalization of media has changed learning and socializing. Students are exposed to so much more information, knowledge, and media throughout the day. The way we learn, share information, and
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Addressing Inequities in Education: Considerations for Asian American Children and Youth in the Era of COVID-19

By Melody Mann, CEI Intern The global pandemic has triggered racial backlash in the Asian American community. Historically categorized as the Model Minority, a term that is used to dismiss the racism experienced by this group, Asian Americans are living in fear. Over 65% Chinese American children/adolescents and over 78% of parents are reporting worries
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The Opioid Crisis: Foster Care, School Support, and the Importance of Taking Action

By Arnav Durani and Michelle Hull, CEI interns Although the opioid epidemic is often understood through the eyes of those battling opioid use disorder, families cannot be forgotten when considering the devastating impact of drug misuse. Children growing up in homes affected by opioid misuse shoulder profound and heartbreaking burdens, which can include legal, social,
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