Visioning During a Time of Uncertainty to Bring Peace and Hope

By Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director Paradox rules at the moment. Even as we are socially isolating indoors, skies are clearing as we have halted toxic pollution. Although we have become more and more concerned about our children’s time on their digital devices, classrooms have gone virtual. And parents who have been stressed out over
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Trauma-Informed Distance Learning Recommendations

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support and Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director Teachers and schools around the country have quickly mobilized to figure out how to serve their students from afar. Schools and communities have banded together to make sure that all of their students have the tools and resources needed
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Part I: Five Mindful Habits for Families and Schools to Increase Happiness and Connection – Presence and Calm

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support This is Part I of a two-part series. Part II is available here. Stress can be toxic to the body and mind. When parents or teachers are stressed, they’re less likely to be well attuned to the youth in their care. Research shows that mindfulness
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Featured Fellow: Andrea Elliot – Bringing Compassion to New Hampshire High Schoolers

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support “Bishop Brady High School: A Caring Community” is on the sign outside this Concord, New Hampshire high school. Andrea Elliot, the principal of this small Catholic school that serves about 300 students, thinks her school’s foundational belief in the importance of loving one another—brother and
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Part II: Five Mindful Habits for Families and Schools to Increase Happiness & Connection – Compassion, Gratitude, and Reflection

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support This is Part II of a two-part series. Part I is available in the March/April 2020 edition of Compassion Action, the eNewsletter from the Center for Educational Improvement. The small choices we make and actions we take add up to make us who we are.
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Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder in Schools

By: Didi Dunin, CEI Intern  More than just the winter blues and the stress of report cards and exams, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a subtype of clinical depression that occurs during the winter months. Fortunately, there are ways to treat SAD and we should consider treatment options as early as possible so that youth
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Featured Fellow: Jaime Ela, a Maine Principal Implementing Trauma-Informed Learning in the Classroom

By Kelsey Remeis, CEI Intern Jaime Ela, a C-TLC Fellow, is a Pre-K-2nd Grade Principal at two Maine schools, Libby Tozier and Sabattus Primary Schools. Jaime, a second year principal in her Maine district, has continually worked to educate teachers about the benefits of building relationships within the school community. She has been shifting away
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Establishing Mindful School Communities to Bring Healing to Education and Beyond

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support As neuroscience research becomes more widely disseminated and “trauma-informed” is one of the hottest buzzwords in education, leaders are asking themselves how to integrate their epiphanies about what students and teachers need to succeed into the school communities they’ve long established. As more and more
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