Life Is Good Playmakers: Spreading Optimism, Joy, and Hope through Compassionate Connection

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support and Sofia Duenas, CEI Intern Life is Good Playmakers knows that a connection with a single caring adult can make a world of difference in the life of a child who has experienced trauma. “Positive relationships with adult caregivers are the most critical component to
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Addiction and Substance Misuse in Youth

By J’haria Dallas, CEI Intern Parents, educators, and mentors alike are teaching children to positively cope with negative emotions in a healthy way; unfortunately, many teens still turn to substances to numb their feelings rather than using mindfulness, community, and other strategies to address their pain. Adolescent substance misuse is an ongoing problem both in
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Educators: The Heart of the Paradigm Shift

By Dr. Orinthia Harris, CEI Educator and STEM/STEAM Consultant I am heartbroken by the conditions in our nation that have led to injustice, inequality, sadness, and pain. It is important to say the children’s names on our minds—Aiyana Stanley Jones, Trayvon Martin, Jamee Johnson, Tamir Rice, and Antwon Rose, Jr.—and speak out against the police
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Because I am a Black Educator…

By Marla Hunter, Founder and President of Live.Love.Teach!, LLC @LiveLoveTeachLLC As a Black woman, who also happens to be an educator, there are things that happen throughout the day that my non-Black counterparts don’t have to deal with and probably don’t really think about when teaching Black and Brown students. As I reflect back on
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Racism and Education: Voices from the Field

Dr. Christine Mason interviewed CEI Board Trustee Dr. Kevin Green & Kevin Simpson, a member of our Advisory Board and faculty, to learn more about their views on racism in education. As educators field questions from staff members and parents about how to talk to their children about the racial injustice that America can no
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Holding America in the Cradle of Justice

Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) Statement on Racial Equity and Justice by Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director; Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation and Research Support; and Ingrid Padgett, CEI Director of Development and Communications Our hearts ache. In this moment, we are mostly sad, most of the time. We know that change is painful.
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Featured Fellows: The Inaugural Class of the Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support The Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) has been working closely with 24 school administrators, teachers, psychologists, and social workers who are leaders in their states working to advance the understanding and use of trauma-informed practices in New England. The Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC)—a SAMHSA (Substance
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Courageous Conversations in the Classroom Part III: Discussing Racial Inequity in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom

By Ishani Das, CEI Intern What is the child’s right to learn? This is the central question that Glenn Singleton, creator of the Courageous Conversations protocol, poses to readers in his book, Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools (2015). The answer is seemingly obvious: every child has a right
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