Family and Student Voice: Holding Space and Time for All Voices

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support COVID-19 has brought educators and families together in ways we couldn’t have imagined a year ago. Many parents are serving as teachers while their children are doing distance or hybrid learning. Educators are more directly involved in supporting social emotional learning, ensuring the physical safety
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Family and Parent Voice: It Starts with Listening

By Jackson Sims, CEI Intern, and Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support Students who pass through the doors of every school have thoughts, feelings, and experiences that distinguish them from their peers. Their families are also unique, with their own history in education playing a role in their child’s perspective of school.
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We Do it Together: Functional and Dysfunctional Family Coping

By Jackson Sims, CEI Intern It’s no secret that families across the country are facing many new challenges. Between the effects of COVID-19, concerns about employment and finances, and adapting to the increased time and space we share at home, there’s a lot to be stressed about. It’s times like these where family coping strategies
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Featured Fellow: Rhode Island’s Cumberland School Department’s Director of Special Services Rachel Santa Brings Compassionate School Mental Health to Her District

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support Rachel Santa has had a varied career in mental health and education in Colorado and Rhode Island, from working as a music therapist and then assistant director of a residential facility to creating an alternative high school program; working with students with emotional, behavioral, and
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Building an Indigenous-Centric Classroom: the Importance of Self Reflection, Community Building, and Indigenous Stories

By Michelle Hull, CEI Intern  As educators embrace virtual, in-person, and hybrid learning models this school year, it is especially critical to integrate best practices for engaging children from diverse backgrounds. Creating an Indigenous-centric learning environment requires intentionality in the brick and mortar classroom, and even more care outside of the bounds of traditional learning. In
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3 Ideas to Build Community and Increase Virtual Classroom Engagement

By Evelyn Cordero, CEI Intern Educators and students alike have demonstrated resilience during the abrupt transition to virtual learning. As the fall semester continues, student engagement is a priority as it was a major concern for both teachers and parents last spring (Barnum & Bryan, 2020). Because many educators are meeting new students virtually, building
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Additional Considerations for LGBTQ+ Children and Youth in the Era of COVID-19

By Jackson Sims, CEI Intern As COVID-19 pushes many schools towards virtual or hybrid learning, LGBTQ+ students are faced with a distinct set of challenges that aren’t shared with their heterosexual, cis-gendered peers. In the absence of typical day-to-day interactions between educators and their students, it can be difficult to recognize these obstacles without knowing
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Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: This is How Problems are Solved

By Aisha Powell, CEI Intern Disruptive behavior in children—from having an occasional angry outburst, or escalating to more troublesome actions, like lying and stealing—is much more complex than it looks. While it can range in expression, the trauma that is often at the root of such behavior can result in emotional and mental disorders down
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