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July 2020

Dismantling Racism (And All The Other "Isms") [thedididelgado.com]

Join us for an interactive class and discussion forum on dismantling oppression in the new era of resistance. Nandi K, a southern born, queer, non-binary Artist, Activist, and podcast host of "Black Friends Dinner" with a passion for Black liberation, soul music, and fried chicken. will be my special guest facilitator. Date/Time: Every Monday in August from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 PM EST RSVP for all 5 Monday day sessions for $100. A portion of the proceeds will be going to the residents of YWCA...

Invitation to View CAREgivers Film - August 1-8 online and gratis!

Greetings, We invite you to view CAREgivers Film ("Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion. Their Pain.) anytime during August 1-8. As a tribute to our Healthcare and many other essential workers, the film is available to watch gratis during this time at www.caregiversfilm.com Even more relevant during this "COVID period" , Caregivers documentary shares the stories of many kinds of professionals who experience compassion fatigue, vicarious or secondary trauma. It is also a film...

Essay by John Lewis [New York Times]

July 30, 2020 By John Lewis Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral . Editorial Page Editor Kathleen Kingsbury wrote about this piece and Mr. Lewis’s legacy in Thursday’s edition of our Opinion Today newsletter . W hile my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, canceled for 7/30

Apologies friends, we can't meet today 7/30! Tune in next week, same bat time-same bat channel. Weekly themes include: How do we create physical and psychological safety, especially in the face of so much uncertainty? What strategies can we use to create a culture of collective care? How do we implement peer support structures for youth AND adults? What might the first two weeks of school look like with an emphasis on student and adult well-being? How do we manage the transition while...

Reopening K-12 Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic [jamanetwork.com]

By Kenne A. Dibner, Heidi A. Schweingruber, Dimitri A. Christakis, JAMA Network, July 29, 2020 The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to the nation’s kindergarten-grade 12 education system. 1 The rush to respond to the pandemic led to closures of school buildings across the country, with little time to ensure continuity of instruction or to create a framework for deciding when and how to reopen schools. States and school districts are now...

Intergenerational programs can help out-of-school-kids [edsource.org]

By Trent Stamp, Ed Source, July 29, 2020 With just weeks before the fall semester begins, school districts are grappling with reopening decisions as Covid-19 cases rise across the country. It’s obviously a tough choice. We know that little can replace the hours of in-person instruction children should receive each day, and researchers and educators are so worried about these growing deficits that the term “covid slide” has supplanted the “summer slide.” But intergenerational programs can...

Why the dean of early childhood experts wants to get beyond the brain [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

By Ryan White, Center for Health Journalism, July 23, 2020 Harvard’s Jack Shonkoff, a luminary in the field of early childhood, has spent years showing that events in the earliest years of life have profound implications for how budding brains develop, and in turn, shape a child’s later potential at school and work. Now, Shonkoff says it’s time to connect the brain to the rest of the body. “The message now is to say that there is a revolution going on in molecular biology and genomics and in...

A Proactive Approach to Student Wellness [mdlogix.com]

By Mdlogix, July 2020 Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) works hard to maximize behavioral health support to students in the county’s six independent school districts. Through a partnership with the county’s behavioral health department – which has been continuously expanded and strengthened over the past 11 years – SCOE has been able to support a variety of suicide prevention, mental health, and social emotional learning programs in school-based settings. Part of these initiatives...

Collective Decision-making Can Neutralize Politics of Fear [jjie.org]

By Judge Steven Teske and Naomi Smoot Evans, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Judge Teske first used collective decision-making beginning in 2003 to reform his local juvenile justice system, which has netted an 80% decline in juvenile arrests. Most striking, however, is how it was employed at the statewide level in the Georgia juvenile justice reform effort to net a 57% reduction in youth committed to state facilities, which resulted in the closure of three secured facilities. Most...

The Teaching That Works for Traumatized Students [theatlantic.com]

By Laura McKenna, The Atlantic, July 28, 2020 W hen ben started flipping desks in the classroom, his teacher Heather Boyle ushered the rest of her first-grade class into the hallway for safety. Things had begun to unravel a few moments earlier, when Ben—whose real name isn’t being used, to protect his privacy—struggled with a math lesson. He crawled under desks, bumping into other children’s legs. When his classmates complained, Boyle asked him to come out. “I don’t know how to do this...

California Probation Can Handle COVID, Proposed Transition of High-needs Youth to Counties [jjie.org]

By Brian Richart, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, July 27, 2020 Probation in California has the responsibility of treating and supervising our community’s most high-needs and high-risk youth. We take our role in promoting healthy, prepared and positive adolescents seriously and provide each youth the supervision and support services they need to help guide them into adulthood. The use of individualized, evidence-based practices to advance the long-term well-being of youth is...

Zoominar on Creating Trauma Responsive Institutions: July 31

In case you are interested, there is an affordable, easy to register for Zoom course at Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work on how to create trauma responsive institutions. The focus is not limited to social work organizations. There is also a discount for the presenter's book, Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door and recently published by Teachers College Press. Session runs from 9:30 -- 12:30 on July 31, 2020. Look forward to seeing you there. Here's the needed link (can also be...

Prioritize a trauma-sensitive approach for the 2020-21 school year [playworks.org]

Playworks believes in a trauma-sensitive approach Educators should focus on providing a trauma-sensitive approach to the reopening of school. Students are all having different experiences right now. For some students, the shutdown of schools due to COVID has provided them with a welcome reprieve from toxic situations or stressors. For others, it has created an increased chance that they’re experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences or new stressors. “A trauma-sensitive school is one in which...

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