Defiant or Depressed? Working with Black Girls in the School Setting

By Kaela Farrise, CEI Intern Because children spend more time with teachers and other school personnel during a typical school year than almost anyone else, teachers have a huge opportunity to lift students up. Teachers can also have a negative impact on students’ overall development because of their own unaddressed biases and assumptions. The distinction
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Math Anxiety in Students: Causes and Prevention

By Didi Dunin, CEI Intern  Having an awareness and understanding of math anxiety is imperative to helping students reach their full potential. Since high math performers can also struggle with high math anxiety, it can easily go unnoticed. Yet, when left unaddressed, these students are less likely than those with low math anxiety to pursue
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Understanding Self-Harm in Students: Part 2 Treatment and Prevention

By Didi Dunin, CEI Intern  An understanding of the warning signs and appropriate means of intervention for non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) can help reduce the incidence of this increasingly widespread behavior. Thankfully, more schools are recognizing this problem and taking action to reach students using NSSI to regulate their emotions. While intervention is essential, we know
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Understanding Self-Harm in Students: Part 1

By Didi Dunin, CEI Intern  Parents and educators may not always recognize that their children or students, who outwardly seem happy and well-balanced, are practicing self-harm, but its prevalence makes it an important issue for adults to understand and address. Many youth turn to self-harm to alleviate the emotional pain they are experiencing. Approximately two
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Childhood Trauma Hearing: The House Oversight and Reform Committee

By Vien Nguyen, CEI Intern and Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support “I was labeled as a troubled youth, when really I just needed someone to recognize I was being hurt” testified Creeanna Aviles-Rygg. A survivor-activist, Aviles-Rygg was one of many witnesses who spoke passionately in July in front of the Committee
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Vermont’s Department of Mental Health is Leading the Way in New England

By Lauren Kiesel and Weng Yee Mooi, CEI Interns Vermont has made a large commitment to supporting its citizens’ mental health through initiatives launched by Vermont’s Department of Mental Health (DMH). The state’s DMH is innovative in its level of holistic compassion and positive goals and practices.  Its vision is that “mental health will be
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Learning from Tragedy: How A Bullying-Related Teen Suicide Led to SEL Reform in Massachusetts

By Kaela Farrise, CEI Intern, and Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support This article  is based on an interview with Jillayne (Jill) Flanders, former principal in South Hadley, MA, and currently an educational consultant (August 6, 2019). After a tragedy propelled her district into national news, Jill Flanders, then a school principal
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Featured Fellow: Erica McLaughlin

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support Erica McLaughlin, a C-TLC Fellow, is an elementary school principal and also a Vermont Principals Association Executive Council Board Member (August 5, 2019). Erica McLaughlin, principal of Randolph Elementary School in Vermont, has been on a journey to lead her staff in bringing mindfulness to
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