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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Helping Immigrant Children: How Educators Can Support Students Before & After an ICE Raid

By William Foley, Jr., CEI Intern and Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support This is Part 1 of a 3 part series, Helping Immigrant Children. After the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in Mississippi, children left school to find their homes empty. With their parents gone, many relied on the
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Looking at Discipline Differently: Bringing Restorative Discipline to the Classroom

By Lindsey Erin Feltis, CEI Intern Shame. Embarrassment. Isolation. These are words that students, and teachers, often associate with the traditional punitive style of discipline they see in their classrooms. Even though research suggests that punishment is often ‘ineffective (and) counter-productive,’ many teachers, principals and educators still rely on punishment in their classrooms (Amstutz &
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Compassionate Discipline in Practice

By Maddy Pribanova, CEI Intern Incorporating compassionate discipline within schools and homes can be challenging. At times, it’s difficult to know where to start. Senior teacher and trainer, Grace Dearborn, and the Irvington School in Portland, OR have begun adopting the principles of compassionate discipline in their classrooms. Dearborn and others at Irvington apply them
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The Trauma of Immigrating to America: An Interview with a Seasoned Immigration Lawyer

By: Dana Asby, CEI Intern  A flood of articles, papers, and other news reports about the detrimental effects of the trauma caused by separating families at the border used neuroscience and appeals to morality to convince the current administration to change its immigration policy. However, in a few short weeks, monumental damage was inflicted on
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A Change in Policy is Not Enough: Why Swift Reunification of Families is Imperative

By: Dana Asby, CEI Intern President Trump has retreated on the strategy of using an inhumane policy of separating children from their families at the border in an attempt to gain power at the negotiating table with Congress (Scherer & Dawsey, 2018); however, about 2,300 children remain in detention centers without their families (Shear Goodnough,
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Separating Children from Families at the Border Has Short- and Long-Term Consequences for Mental Health

By Dana Asby, CEI Intern, and Christine Mason US immigration policies resulted in 1,800 immigrant families being separated at the border of the U.S. and Mexico between October 2016 and February 2018 (Rosenberg, 2018). However, stricter and harsher enforcement of these policies during the last two months has gained international attention and a worldwide outcry. The
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