Category: trauma

Teaching in Troubled Times: A Q&A With a Trauma Expert (NEPC)

“National Education Policy Center Fellow Elizabeth Dutro responds to difficult questions about how teachers can effectively and respectfully address the traumas that are touching so many of their students’ lives, either in person or from afar, even as they, themselves, may be experiencing similar traumas of their own.”

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WhatsApp justice for teenage victim of homophobic gang attack

“A teenage boy who was attacked by a gang of youths in a Brighton park is the first to receive an apology via WhatsApp video as part of Sussex Police’s restorative justice project. The scheme, dubbed Restore DiverCity, gets offenders to speak directly to their victims so they can appreciate the impact of their actions …

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What Role Can the Education Community Play to End Racism and Begin Healing?

7 ways educational communities can be proactive

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US data on COVID-19 and its impact on schools helpful for planning for September

Delivering distance learning
Inequity across schools
Anticipating what’s next

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“A connected school always focuses on planting flowers instead of pulling weeds”: 5 Strategies for closure and transition

“Calming year end stress for can include these strategies:
1. Symbolic gifts
2. photos and affirmations
3. planting and nurturing
4. Remember to breathe
5. the family tree

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4 considerations for a return to school Social Emotional Learning Plan

“A social emotional learning plan must prioritize relationships and human connections. “

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“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”John Lennon

Helping students cope with uncertainty: advice from psychologist
1. feeling distressed about being unable to predict what will happen is entirely normal
2. put things in perspective
3. “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

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“Regardless of the precise date school buildings reopen, when they do there will be a “new normal” for at least some time to come. “

“Social distancing practices in schools will be more complex than just placing desks six feet apart. Currently, there is neither good guidance nor much evidence about the effectiveness of particular school practices.”

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5 Virtual learning resources for building student connection: “Temperature Checks”, Notes of Appreciation, Class Journal,Morning Announcements and Building Belonging

Some excellent resources to support student social emotional learniing.

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Teachers, If You’re Not OK Right Now, You’re Not Alone: one teacher’s account of dealing with teaching from home during the pandemic

“As uncomfortable as it feels, I am slowly starting to accept that I have no choice but to sit in this moment with my students. There are no clear solutions or quick fixes. I can’t minimize the gravity of this unprecedented crisis for them or myself. For now, the best I can do for my students and myself is to accept that right now, it’s OK to not be OK.” Lory Walker Peroff

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