The Complexity of Screen Time: Effects on Anxiety and Depression

By Didi Dunin and Will Foley, CEI Interns Are teens spending too much time with their technologies? According to a Pew Research Center report, 95% of teens can easily access a smartphone; 45% are online “almost constantly” (Anderson, 2018). Americans spend as much as 12 hours in front of TV, phone, and computer screens each
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Part II: School Mental Health Screening—Trauma-Informed Recommendations

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support Is the 17% rise in anxiety disorder diagnoses among American youth (Child Mind Institute, 2018) due to an increase in teens’ rate of anxiety or because more schools, physicians, and other community institutions have increasingly begun to screen for mental illnesses? It’s difficult to discern
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Part I: The Benefits and Cautions of Universal Mental Health Screening

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support Universal screening has improved the physical outcomes for millions of children who get routine dental and eye exams at their school buildings each year. Screening for mental health issues in schools has become a topic of discussion for many district leaders. Will the benefits of
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Reflections: The State of School Mental Health— Courageous Conversations and Healing Practices

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support New England, a center for knowledge and research, has promoted a number of innovative responses to further the social emotional learning and establish mental health supports in schools. However, needs continue to grow. Educators have seen a changing population increasingly affected by the trauma that
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Visioning Onward: Planning Heart Centered 21st Century Learning Communities

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support School leaders with passion and drive to make a transformative change in their buildings sometimes stall because they can’t get past this question, “Where do I start?” Making radical change in your school or district can be overwhelming when there are many aspects with room
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Featured Fellow: Transforming a School with Jim O’Rourke, Principal, Hillsboro-Deering High School

By Will Foley, CEI Intern Hope, Potential, and the Turnaround When Principal O’Rourke took charge of Hillsboro-Deering High School in New Hampshire, he saw the inherent potential of the community he was joining. The school cycled through five principals over the course of five years. A talented staff was demotivated, students weren’t proud, and test
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Teaching Mindfulness through Play

By Didi Dunin, CEI Intern Play is a ubiquitous childhood activity, seen across all cultures and ethnicities, and even among those living under severe socio-economic conditions (O’Connor, 2017); but what is the real purpose of play and why do children like to play so much?  While it may seem that play is just for fun, it is
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Equity in Education: Methods for Teaching Students about Equity

By Didi Dunin, CEI Intern This is the 3rd post in the series Equity in Education. Understanding the causes and consequences of inequity is critical for stimulating social change and a more compassionate world. Once educators feel they have obtained sufficient knowledge of their own biases and the history and consequences of inequity, as discussed
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