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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Visioning with Intention to Change the World by Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support What do great schools have in common? What sets a successful school apart from a struggling one? Our decades of work in the classroom, consulting with school leaders, and looking at the research base have led us to conclude that one of the defining characteristics
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Destiny, Education, and Next Steps to Address Mental Health Challenges

By Dr. Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director The great existential and humanistic psychologist Rollo May, in the foreword to his book Freedom and Destiny (1999), writes, “Freedom is how we relate to our destiny, and destiny is significant only because we have freedom. In the struggle of our freedom against and with destiny, our creativity
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The Center for Educational Improvement in the Next Decade: Focusing on Alleviating Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress for School Staff through Heart Centered School Communities

By Dana Asby, Director of Innovation & Research Support The demands of the 21st Century, and the resulting stress that affects students, staff, and the greater community, have left many educational leaders pondering a key question: How to balance state and federal standards and requirements with their instinctual understanding that what children—and the adults who
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Part I: Understanding the Trauma of the School Shootings Epidemic—Why?

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support Since the first widely publicized school shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, more than 233,000 students have been exposed to gun violence. The shooting that occurred yesterday in Santa Clarita, CA was the 7th since the start of the academic year only 3 months
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Courageous Conversations and Healing Practices: Reflecting on The State of Mental Health in New England Schools

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support School leaders from the six New England states, through the Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC), learn from experts and each other about best practices for confronting the trauma, toxic stress, and mental health concerns that make academic achievement challenging for students and staff. On Monday, October
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