A Culture of Courage: Youth Speak, We Listen

By Melissa Patschke, EdD, Director, CEI Coalition for the Future of Education “Courage is the first of the human qualities, Because it is a quality which guarantees all the others.” ~ Winston Churchill As educators, parents, community members, why should we listen to youth? It’s much easier to tell them what to think and how
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Weathering: The Effects of Everyday Racism

By: Evelyn Cordero, CEI Intern Portia Boston, Diversity Trainer, uses her platform to educate the community about anti-racist work and introduces weathering as a term we should know and care about. Weathering refers to the increased likelihood of earlier health deterioration of Black people mostly due to mental and physical stressors caused by a lifetime
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Addressing Inequities in Education: Considerations for American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Youth in the Era of COVID-19

By Melody Mann, CEI Intern The effects of historical trauma within the American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities continues to rise (Tsethlikai et al., 2020). With the COVID-19 outbreak surging globally, the AIAN communities are heavily impacted not only by their community’s past pain, but the uncertainty of the present as well. The United
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Using Mindfulness Techniques to Bolster Mental Health in Schools

By Jenna Wyman, CEI Intern With one in five children in the United States likely to be diagnosed with a mental health or learning disorder, it is critical to find feasible and effective solutions to provide aid throughout their education and development (Vanderburg et al., 2020). However, there is a chronic lack of treatment and
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Cultivating Mindful Self-Care to Bolster Confidence

By Kahlil Kuykendall, Gender Economist and Mindfulness Self-Care Instructor Our HeartMind e-News connects the relationship of heart centered learning and mindfulness to current research and circumstances. Our goal is to provide our readers with concrete opportunities to further implementation of heart centered practices in their schools and districts. These opportunities will include suggestions for reflection,
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Compassion Fatigue: What Is It and What Can We Do About It?

By Jackson Sims, CEI Intern The role of an educator is far from static. On any given day, an educator can take on a number of duties, ranging from teaching in the classroom to having a private conversation with a student or their family. Regardless of these small differences, there is one common thread: Compassion.
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Cultivating Connections as a Powerful Buffer Against Compassion Fatigue

By Jennie Liang, CEI Intern Protection against compassion fatigue and burnout starts with self-awareness. This is a powerful tool to help you notice your interactions with others, emotions, and reactions to stressful situations that arise. Becoming aware of levels of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue will allow you to more readily seek out additional support
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Compassionate Conversations: Fostering Connection Through Community Building

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support The logistical and emotional hoops that COVID-19 has forced us to jump through have left educators and families exhausted. As the U.S. rolls out vaccines, more and more schools are opening up, with many forced to close back down after a coronavirus outbreak. Administrators are
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