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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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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