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Our Trauma-Resilient Educational Communities (TREC) Model's website launched on 1.25.24 with our Award Ceremony!

The culmination of thousands of hours from our Trauma-Resilient Educational Communities (TREC) team in developing our TREC Model, we launched TRECeducation.com website on Thursday, January 25, 2024. Craig Beswick, Vice-President, School Development Division, Lifelong Learning Administration Corporation (LLAC) opened up our exciting launch, which was hosted by the beautiful UCSD Park & Market in downtown San Diego. Craig warmly welcomed over 200 attendees to our Awards Ceremony and TREC...

Congratulations to Principal Victor Contreras and Principal Mary Reagan for your team’s dedication and heart-centered work in becoming a TREC Accredited Trauma-Resilient Organization.

Over seventy-five colleagues celebrated on January 29, 2024, at Lifelong Learning Administration Corporation. Food was provided by BJ’s Catering, and some of the TREC Team, Craig Beswick, Vice-President School Development Division, TREC Director, Staci Roth, and Dana Brown, PACEs Science Statewide Facilitator were in attendance supporting the TREC Accreditation. Craig Beswick excitedly awarded Principal Mary Reagan for Desert Sands, Lake LA and AVLA Palmdale 5th Street. Danyale Wallin...

Legislation Introduced to Require K-12 Education to Teach Mistreatment of Native Americans (nativenewsonline.com)

California Assemblyman James C. Ramos (San Manuel of Mission Indians). (Photo/Courtesy of Assembly James C. Ramos Office) To read more of the Native News Online Staff's article, please click here, Legislation Introduced to Require K-12 Education to Teach Mistreatment of Native Americans | Education (nativenewsonline.net) Legislation was introduced in the California Assembly that would require the mistreatment endured by Native Americans to be taught to K-12 public school students in the...

How Can High Schools Better Serve Teens Experiencing Homelessness? (learn4life.org)

To read more of the Learning Newsletter's article, please click here. This week, 16-year-old Joey will sleep in a soft bed, take a warm shower and have a place to keep his belongings. He’ll then make his way to Learn4Life high school in San Diego where he is catching up on credits and hopes to graduate soon. For most of the past year, he has experienced homelessness…couch surfing when he could, and on the streets when he couldn’t. And Joey isn’t alone. In the last school year, the number of...

Building Resilience is a Team Effort that Starts Early

“YES!” was the response of Gaile Osborne, executive director of Foster Family Alliance of North Carolina (FFANC), when asked for input on a new program to help foster and kinship care families learn how to support the brain development of young children. “I love these Brain Insights materials. How soon can we start?” said Osborne upon receiving the "The First 60 Days ” booklet on myths about newborns and their caregivers and the eight “ Neuro-Nurturing ” ringed books. The materials delivered...

School board president trolls Moms for Liberty by getting sworn in on stack of banned books (lgbtqnation.com)

Photo: Shutterstock To read more of John Russell's article, please click here. The newly appointed school board president in Pennsylvania’s third-largest school district was sworn in this week on a stack of frequently banned books. Incumbent Karen Smith was one of five Democrats who defeated Republican candidates endorsed by national anti-LGBTQ+ group Moms for Liberty in last month’s Central Bucks School Board elections, flipping the board from a 6–3 Republican majority to a 6–3 Democratic...

This amazing teen activist won’t stop fighting for equal rights for students (lgbtqnation.com)

Keely Meadows speaking at the November 8 Roanoke County School Board meeting. Photo: Screenshot To read more of John Russell's article, please click here. In the ongoing battle over anti-LGBTQ+ policies in one Virginia school district, a 15-year-old high school student has emerged as a leading organizer and tireless advocate for LGBTQ+ kids. According to local paper Cardinal News , Keely Meadows has been speaking out against Roanoke County’s anti-trans policies at school board meetings and...

9 in 10 Teachers Need More Resources to Care for Students' Mental Health (msn.com)

Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision/Getty © Provided by Verywell Mind To read more of Sarah Fielding's article, please click here, 9 in 10 Teachers Need More Resources to Care for Students' Mental Health (msn.com) . Another school year is here, and to mark the occasion Verywell Mind surveyed 1,000 middle and high school teachers in the U.S. for our Mental Health in the Classroom Study. Teachers reported on their experiences handling mental health issues, strategies that work, and the kind of...

Nashville 'truancy court' works to keep students in school (msn.com)

Carol Brown, the Director of Attendance for the Metro Nashville Public Schools, speaks with "Nightline." © ABC News To read more of ABC News' Byron Pitts, Lizann Robinson, Mack Muldofsky, Lauren DiMundo, Caroline Kucera, and Deb Jones contributed to this report, please click here, Nashville 'truancy court' works to keep students in school (msn.com) . In Nashville, Tennessee, school officials have created a truancy court to address chronic absenteeism. If a student fails to show up to the...

To Help Support Their Mental Health, Students Want Schools To Make These Changes (msn.com)

To Help Support Their Mental Health, Students Want Schools To Make These Changes © Getty Images To read more of Ellen M. Burstein's article, please click here, To Help Support Their Mental Health, Students Want Schools To Make These Changes (msn.com) . Today’s high school seniors have lived through a deadly pandemic , increasing rates of climate disaster, and an armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — all before getting their driver’s licenses. Contentious national politics, global crises,...

NY Times says school COVID closures may be ‘most damaging disruption’ to kids’ education in U.S. history (msn.com)

The New York Times editorial board composed a new piece lamenting the damage that COVID-19 school closures have done to children. Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images © Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images To read more of Gabriel Hays article, click here, NY Times says school COVID closures may be ‘most damaging disruption’ to kids’ education in U.S. history (msn.com) . The New York Times editorial board penned a new editorial on Saturday stating that the school closures enacted in...

Vermont’s largest school district unanimously approves strong protections for trans students (lgbtqnation.com)

A student raises their hand in a classroom Photo: Shutterstock To read more of Daniel Villareal's article, please click here. Vermont’s largest school district, the Champlain Valley School District, has passed a set of policies that affirm transgender and nonbinary students’ identities. The policies require schools to let trans students access school facilities, play on sports teams, and use pronouns and names that match their gender identity without informing potentially unsupportive...

Healing Centered Relationships & Education (Change Your Story Podcast)

To listen to the Podcast, please click here. What if one person could shift your story? One person who sees you, hears you, and is genuinely interested in helping you overcome the obstacles life has thrown at you. In this episode, my incredibly humble friend, Staci Roth, is that person in so many lives. From being an educator at Learn4Life, to creating the HOPE Program providing education and resources for teenage parents, to becoming a Trauma- Resilient Professional and Coordinator of the...

What does popcorn have to do with math? (gatesnotes.com)

To read more of Bill Gates' article, please click here. Do you know how to calculate the volume of a prism? What about a pyramid? And what does either have to do with movie theater popcorn? Back in April, I spent the day at Chula Vista Middle School in Southern California learning what these questions have to do with graduating from college. I was there to meet with school and district leaders and join an eighth-grade math class taught by a remarkable teacher named Amilcar Fernandez, who...

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