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Resources for Educators

Community Education

ADHD: Signs and Classroom Strategies [presentation]

ADHD appears in different ways and can definitely result in struggles at school for affected kids. If you have kids in your classroom who are easily distracted, have a hard time paying attention, trouble controlling behavior or are nonstop talkers, CHC’s Lisa Parnello MAEd offers suggestions and practical classroom strategies. Read more ›

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Preventing Bullying Through…Fiction?

child reading photoThere have been numerous studies showing that people who read fiction have increased empathy. This is why fiction is one of the most powerful tools we have to combat bullying and intolerance.

When you see the world through another person’s eyes, you realize how similar you are to them, even if that person might seem very different from you. Read more ›

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STOMP Out Bullying

STOMP Out Bullying is a national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. STOMP Out Bullying promotes civility, inclusion and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns. Read more ›

Community Education

Social Emotional Resilience in Children with Dyslexia [presentation]

In this Community Educations session for educators, UCSF School of Medicine’s Dr. Fumiko Hoeft discusses:

– The resilience framework of dyslexia
– Cognitive resilience
– Socio-emotional resilience
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Disability Terms and Definitions Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

IDEAThere are 13 categories that guide how disability is defined under the federal special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  In order to be eligible for special education and related services as a “child with a disability,” a child’s educational performance must be adversely affected due to the disability. Read more ›

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The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

Sensory rooms are specially created environments created to provide an immersive sensory experience. For children on the autism spectrum, sensory rooms are designed to have a calming effect that reduces anxiety and improves focus.

This video is part of the Schools That Work series from Edutopia featuring Meriden Public Schools in Connecticut and the ways in which the district has redesigned its special education services. Read more ›

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K-12 Sensory Rooms Offer Safe Space for Special Needs

ball-pit-1661374_640Sensory rooms not only help students with special needs feel more comfortable and empowered in the classroom, they may also keep them in their neighborhood schools, according to K-12 administrators.

The carefully designed rooms may include dim lights to help students who are sensitive to light, weighted blankets to give them comfort or a swing they can gently rock on to become calm or spin in a circle for stimulation.

The Council for Exceptional Children says sensory rooms are getting popular in districts to help calm overstimulated or anxious students. Read more ›

Overcoming

Approaching Struggles with Enthusiasm

OvercomingStudents will flourish and students will struggle. It’s the nature of the classroom beast. Some will announce their achievements proudly and others prefer to brush their uncertainty under the rug. Regardless, the purpose of the educator(s) in the room is to ensure that all students grow from their personal place of knowing, whether they are a confident bloomer or struggling little bird learning to fly. When the struggle is real, opportunities must be in place so that all learners can approach struggles with enthusiasm. Read more ›

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Charlotte Patterson, at the Forefront of LGBTQ Family Studies

charlotte patterson_0Charlotte J. Patterson, Ph.D. is the world’s expert on psychological research on children and youth raised by lesbian and gay parents. A Professor of Psychology and Director of the interdisciplinary Women, Gender & Sexuality program at the University of Virginia, Patterson’s research with children and families has been published in the field’s top journals, and she has co-edited four books on the psychology of sexual orientation.

Charlotte Patterson’s landmark work, “Children of Lesbian and Gay Parents,” published as the lead article in Child Development in 1992, was among the first research that debunked then-prevalent beliefs that children with lesbian or gay parents showed compromised psychosocial development relative to children from heterosexual parents. Read more ›

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Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out [downloadable]

School climate initiatives, anti-bullying work, positive behavior supports, and other SEL efforts are now steering programs in schools and out-of-school-time (OST) settings across the country.

This in-depth guide to 25 evidence-based programs—aimed at elementary schools and OST providers—offers information about curricular content and programmatic features that practitioners can use to make informed choices about their SEL programs. Read more ›

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