3 Must-Read Books for 2018

Reflective educators are effective educators For teachers and leaders to be at their personal and professional best, it is essential that they prioritize their own well-being. Mindfulness Practices, Take Time for You, and HEART! offer specific guidance and support for new and veteran educators through reflection questions, journaling activities, self-care practices, and more.    
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School-Based Mindfulness and Yoga Interventions

By Nicole Colchete and Daniella Rueda, CEI Interns “Today, teachers are experiencing high levels of stress that can have a negative impact on their teaching and the learning environment” (Jennings, 2013). Burn-out related stress, time-related stress, and societal stress are all challenges that teachers often face. To combat these challenges, schools and institutions implement mindfulness
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Yoga Games

By: Madison Rogas, CEI Intern Yoga has become a more widely used tool for educators and parents alike to help teach children self-regulation, develop body awareness, and learn to move their bodies in healthy ways. Yoga also helps decrease stress. By incorporating yoga into preschool classrooms, children have the opportunity to develop tools for a
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Summer Yoga Camps

By Madison Rogas, CEI Intern What if a summer experience existed for kids that helped boost self-esteem, instilled a sense of inner peace, and encouraged a sense of play? Well, it does– summer yoga camps for youth are popping up around the U.S. as opportunities that encourage play, and fuel creativity, connections with peers, and
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Supporting Secure Attachment and Self-Regulation through Mindfulness in Traumatized Children

By Dana Asby, CEI Intern Around 676,000 American children are abused and neglected each year (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2018). When caregivers are unable or unwilling to provide the warmth and attention children need to form secure attachments, young children experience difficulties with self-regulation that can affect later academic achievement and interpersonal
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Educators Taking Action in Response to Gun Violence

By: Morgan Grant, CEI Intern Editor’s Note: Youth and others are gathering this Saturday, March 24, for the Protest to Live marches and rallies. This protest brings a ray of hope that it may lead to much needed actions to reduce school shootings. In this blog, Morgan Grant explores other actions that are also needed.
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Practice Gratitude this Valentine’s Day

By Joanna Marzano, CEI Intern Editor’s Note: Teachers and principals, you may want to consider the exercise Joanna provides for part of your opening exercises on Valentine’s Day. Or perhaps daily for Valentine’s Week. I am sure at some point in your life someone has advised you to ‘listen to your heart.’ Although this saying
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Mindfulness and Maslow

By Marah Barrow, CEI Intern In public education, teachers are asked to address the needs of students coming from diverse backgrounds, making this task rather daunting. More times than not, especially at the elementary level, students may have difficulty expressing their needs, and how these needs can most effectively be met. The needs of a
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