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5 Ways to empower student voice in the classroom

In today’s dynamic educational landscape, the role of empowering student voice in the classroom is more critical than ever. Empowering students in the classroom goes beyond traditional teaching methods; it is about creating an environment where their perspectives, ideas, and opinions are not only heard but actively valued. This approach has far-reaching benefits, ranging from enhancing student engagement to promoting

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Students Need a Holistic Approach to Pandemic Recovery

Millions of students across the United States spent their summers in learning and enrichment programs, many of which employed intensive tutoring designed to bring math and reading scores up to grade level. These efforts can be important and life-changing, yet research finds that increased learning time alone will not be enough to recover from the pandemic’s devastating effects on learning.

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Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Benefit From Social-Emotional Learning

How would you react if you learned that one of your students felt that you don’t treat them like a full person, with a life and responsibilities beyond the classroom? This is a real scenario we encountered during a focus group last school year with a group of high school students in Florida who were asked to provide feedback on

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Youth Mental Health and Safety Don’t Take a Summer Break

Just because this school year has ended doesn’t mean the crisis facing our nation’s youth is over. In fact, the data suggests the exact opposite. During the 2022-23 school year, suicide skyrocketed to the second leading cause of death among children aged 10 to 14 in the United States. Research shows some youth are more affected than others. Nearly 1

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How to create a positive classroom culture

Lessons. Whether they happen in class or in life, lessons are needed to make the world a better place. A dynamic and positive classroom culture sets the stage for effective teaching and learning and prepares our youth to better shape our future. In my experiences, building on that student-teacher rapport has been instrumental in achieving many milestones, particularly as it

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Tackling the Youth Mental Health Crisis Head-On

The sobering statistics on a growing youth mental health crisis have become frequent headlines. In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that as of 2021, more than one-third of high school students, including nearly three in five teen girls, had persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness. In a survey conducted in 2022 by the Institute of

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Teaching about bullying: 5 Anti-bullying activities and video lessons

Why is teaching about anti-bullying important? Bullying is everywhere in today’s headlines. All too often, we read tragic stories of children driven to desperation because of bullying or harassment from their peers. Sadly, the phenomenon is far from new. All of us can recall being bullied at least once in our lives, or perhaps even being the bully ourselves. What is different

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‘Deep Breaths’

Mindfulness has been especially positive for Mason, according to Evans. “When he was in first grade, he was having horrible temper tantrums. He would be pouring sweat. He would be screaming, I had to get him out in the hallway,” the principal says. “I had to take him outside, and he would scream and throw himself on the ground.” The

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One Year After Uvalde, a Reminder That ‘Trauma Has Tentacles’

This week marks one year since an unspeakable act of violence was carried out in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. One year since a gunman stole the lives of 19 fourth graders and two teachers at Robb Elementary. One year since the name “Uvalde” came to represent much more than a town, added to a list that no one

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Why All Teachers Need Training in Mental Health and Social Work

In her first year as a teacher, Stephanie Malia Krauss quickly learned that teaching fifth grade effectively involved a bigger variety of skills than she got in her teacher-prep program. That was driven home the day one of her students walked into the classroom with soot on her uniform because her rental home had burned down the night before and

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Can After-School Programs Help Children Recover From the Pandemic?

DETROIT — A fleet of vans and a bus picked up dozens of students and dropped them off at the Downtown Boxing Gym here on a chilly Monday afternoon in March. Inside the spacious facility, students learn more than just how to throw a jab or perform pushups and plank exercises. From athletics and academics to enrichment classes in other

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Adolescents Need More Proactive, Preventative Mental Health Supports in School

Enough is enough. We feel this with each school shooting we endure. We feel this with each suicide that takes a loved one from us far too soon. More lives lost, more families devastated, more educators operating in fear. Each time, we’re left wondering if there’s anything else we could have done to prevent another tragedy. It’s no question that

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10 Tips to reduce stress in students in the classroom

Students at all levels are learning to balance schoolwork, extracurricular activities, relationships, and mental health. When it comes to a slew of testing, including standardized state tests and AP exams, navigating all of these pressures is its own challenge. The pandemic has also affected students’ mental health. According to Education Week, eighteen percent to as much as 60 percent of children

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Teaching Through the Trauma of Student Loss

The original version of this essay was published by the TRiiBE. In my 16 years teaching in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), I have lost more students than years I have taught. During my teacher preparation in college, I had fears about how to create engaging lesson plans, how to make connections with students and how to help students who needed

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As Safety Threats Rise in Schools, Could SEL Programs Help?

Schools are becoming increasingly unsafe for our nation’s students — physically, socially and emotionally. American youth are in crisis. According to one method of defining and tracking gun violence, compiled by The Washington Post, nearly 340,000 students have directly experienced gun violence at school since 1999, with 366 school shootings since then and no sign of this exposure slowing down.

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Who’s Looking Out for the Mental Health of Infants and Toddlers?

The last few years have been a strain on nearly everyone, with routines disrupted, social interactions curtailed, and stress and anxiety running high. There’s been much written and discussed about how those challenges have impacted students in K-12 schools and colleges — how they’re suffering in the wake of the pandemic and experiencing alarmingly high rates of mental health concerns.

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When Crisis Happens, Schools Should Handle Students With Care

Content warning: gun violence. The morning of Oct. 24, 2022, I was facilitating a meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia for education and youth development leaders when I got word that my 15-year-old godson had been shot at his high school in St. Louis, where I live. He was alive, seriously wounded and being treated at our local children’s hospital. One of

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Competition Can Motivate, Encourage and Inspire Students. But It Can Also Harm Them.

Competition is a critical element of our society. It exists in nature and it is a cornerstone of our economy, but there’s a lack of consensus among psychologists as to whether competitiveness is learned or if it’s instinctual and part of human nature. Some argue that competitiveness is a trait, while others believe it’s a mix of genetic and environmental

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What’s Driving the Change in Student-to-Counselor Ratios in Schools?

The ratio of students to school counselors in the United States continues to narrow, with data released this month showing it has reached the lowest point since 1986, the year the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) began tracking student-to-counselor ratios. The new data reflects the 2021-2022 school year and reveals that, nationwide, there was an average of 408 students for

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How music supports teaching social and emotional learning skills

Our emotions have long been intertwined with music. I’m sure you have songs that are innately connected to meaningful moments in your life. There is a soundtrack to your breakups and auditory connections from your saddest losses to your greatest victories. And then there are the songs you just can’t help but dance to as they pump you full of

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Amid Campus Mental Health Crisis, Students Work to Support Each Other

Alyssa Parks first made an appointment at the counseling center at Marshall University thanks to her roommate. The young woman had mentioned to Parks how comfortable she felt receiving care at the facility and how nice the staff were. So when Parks learned during a conference for student-government leaders about a program that teaches young adults to offer mental health

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