The “school-to-prison pipeline” is a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This is enabled by policies and practices from the school to district, state, and federal levels. Read more ›
Social Emotional Learning
Growing up can be tough. As young people’s bodies and brains are changing rapidly, they’re also grappling with new ideas and influences that will shape who they become.
Students today are distracted; they’re under a lot of pressure, and they’re suffering from mental health issues more than ever before. Read more ›
When I say hip-hop provides access to healing, I mean that it can be used as a tool to boost self-expression, reflection, processing and coping skills for emotional regulation. It can help kids create a personal narrative, challenge their thoughts and become a true catalyst for change. Read more ›
A survey conducted in February by the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of teenagers identified mental health as a major issue among their peers—a number higher than bullying, drug addiction, or gangs. So with numbers that high, it should be assumed that public school funding would be prioritizing student mental health, but that’s not the case. In fact, too often, it’s our support staff who bears the weight of the financial crises facing public education. Read more ›
Talk, read, sing and play with your child every day. CDC’s amazing books can help! Amazing Me and Where is Bear?, and the Spanish-language versions, Soy Maravilloso, and ¿Dónde Está Osito?, are fun for children and show you what to look for as your child grows. Read more ›
Recess, for most children, is synonymous with freedom. A break from class that has nothing to do with learning and everything to do with play.
For children with autism, the playground can be an isolating experience. The spontaneous soccer games, roving packs of friends and virtual buffet of activities can be chaotic, frustrating and confusing. Read more ›
Before we can expect students to self-advocate, they need to recognize and embrace their innate strengths, character attributes and areas of challenge. Once they can do this, then we can help them progress towards Self-Determination. Chris Harris, MEd, Director of EBC Schools at CHC, examines this well researched theory and show how it serves as the foundation for students exercising self-advocacy at school. Read more ›
Sibling Issues: When There is a Challenging and Challenged Child in the Family [presentation] [video]
So much attention goes to a child with special needs, you may wonder how you can also support their siblings. This presentation will help you identify certain predictable behaviors that siblings of a challenged child exhibit as the family “grows up.” Read more ›
Read-alouds are pretty much a daily standard in elementary schools. But in middle school? Not as much.
Melissa Moens, language arts teacher at Crossroads Middle School, in Northview, Michigan, thinks reading aloud to tweens is important— so much so, she makes it a point to read aloud to her seventh-graders twice every week. Read more ›
We all have a remedy for lifting our spirits when we’re in a bad mood. Rather than focusing on ways to make ourselves feel better, a team of Iowa State University researchers suggests wishing others well. Read more ›