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At a ‘Community School,’ This Educator Ensures All Kids Feel Known, Seen & Heard []

By Linda Jacobson, Image: Courtesy of Staci Boehlke, The 74, May 16, 2022 O n a rainy Monday before winter break, the hallways at Fruit Valley Elementary School in Vancouver, Washington, were unusually quiet. The pandemic had cut enrollment nearly in half, but that didn’t deter Staci Boehlke, who runs the school’s resource center. She welcomed police officers into the colorful, light-filled space as they dropped off bags of donated toys. She spoke with a parent whose landlord sent a warning...

Empowering Resiliency in Learners: A Pilot Program Opportunity!

Staggering numbers of children have been subjected to adverse life experiences, leaving a lasting impact on our youngest members of society. This trauma often presents itself in outward behaviors. As numbers continue to increase, our education system has the ability to utilize early intervention to combat this trauma and build resiliency. TWI, The Wordsmith Initiative, is looking for one rural Virginia or North Carolina school district to pilot a whole-child, trauma-sensitive program . Our...

Resources For Educators, Families to Discuss Mass Shootings []

From San Diego County Office of Education, May 16, 2022 There was a series of horrific mass shootings across our country this weekend that our young people may be talking, wondering, and worrying about. The tragic shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, is sadly the latest in a number of horrifying murders. In this case, the shooter targeted the Black community after posting a racist and antisemitic manifesto. Our students want and need to talk about what they see, remember, and...

Upcoming 6/9 Webinar and New Report and Brief: Community Strategies to Address California’s Digital Divide and Its Impact on Children and Families

PACEs Connection and the Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative, a project of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) have developed two new resources, “Community Strategies to Address California’s Digital Divide and Its Impact on Children and Families” Report and the “Digital Divide Brief: Community Strategies to Address California’s Digital Divide and Its Impact on Children and Families”

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Would Anyone Like a Free Resource to Enhance Emotional Wellbeing for Educators

Hello colleagues. I'm reaching out to see if anyone would like to participate in a pilot study looking to improve emotional wellbeing for educators through an evidence-based toolkit that includes improving social / emotional wellness and mental health literacy outcomes. You / your district would simply receive the toolkit at no cost and participants could attend (via email engagement campaign each week). At the end of the 12 weeks, participants would be asked to complete a feedback survey.Read More...

What are you hearing about non-profits accesing ESSER funding

Kay Reed
Hi all- I'm curious about anyone has connected with their local district to provide SEL or other mental health supports to address the tsunami of student trauma. We have developed an ESSER Toolkit to help organizations learn about ESSER and reach out to their schools. I've heard of some states starting to push out RFPs and I'm curious to learn more. Thanks!Read More...

Research Question for ACEs in public school

Matthew Fleming
Hello, everyone! I am in need of some assistance. I am working on a study and need to find a medium to large public school district in California that uses ACEs to assess students for trauma. I would prefer to work with middle and high schools, but I am deep in this work and hit a snag. If you are in such a district, or know of one, please let me know. Thank you!Read More...
Just over a year ago, the CAREs Act passed with $13.2 billion in education relief funds for elementary and secondary schools among other education funding. Recently, the Federal Rescue Act was signed into law providing an additional $130 billion in funding for education that includes funds to address the impact of the pandemic on student education and well-being. This survey by Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) and PACEs Connection is seeking to find out if any of...Read More...
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