The Opioid Crisis: Foster Care, School Support, and the Importance of Taking Action

By Arnav Durani and Michelle Hull, CEI interns Although the opioid epidemic is often understood through the eyes of those battling opioid use disorder, families cannot be forgotten when considering the devastating impact of drug misuse. Children growing up in homes affected by opioid misuse shoulder profound and heartbreaking burdens, which can include legal, social,
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Psychological Responses to COVID-19 in Adolescents

By Kelsey Remeis, CEI Intern In a time of uncertainty caused by the recent pandemic of COVID-19, thousands have been affected in many different ways. The virus continues to have different outcomes on individuals both mentally and physically. Researchers have begun to ask if all the symptoms and side effects have been explored. In a
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Youth Risky Behavior and Mental Health in the U.S and New England

By Hailey Jordan, CEI Intern The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) was developed in 1990 to keep track of health behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in the United States (YRBSS, 2019). The YRBSS is a useful resource for evaluating trends in health behavior over
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What to Consider for Black Children and Youth during COVID-19

By Hailey Jordan, CEI Intern As the global pandemic continues, some school districts in the U.S. reopened for in-person instruction while others transitioned to a hybrid of in-person and remote learning. In some areas, schools are providing only remote instruction due to rising COVID-19 infection and death rates (Education Week, 2020). According to the Society
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Music: Helping us Cope and Giving us Hope

By Zenisha Shah, CEI Writer and Counselor at Innisfree House School Living in a world changing at unimaginable speed and filled with uncertainty can be exhausting and challenging. We are facing uncertain challenges of a global pandemic, climate change, and violence, that touches people of all ages, genders, races, and nationalities. Words are not enough to describe
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Many Decisions: Building a Future with Our Hearts in Mind

By Christine Mason, PhD, CEI Executive Director 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, journaling, dialoguing,
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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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