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In honor of SEL Day, I wanted to share a little about what is Social Emotional Learning and 3 mistakes I see schools make in their implementation of SEL.

SEL is the process through which students and adults develop the skills for fundamental life effectiveness. These are the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships and our work effectively and ethically (definition adapted from Oakland Unified School District). Students need SEL skills to succeed in school, work and life. A focus on …

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5 Myths about Trauma-Informed Schools

As I have started sharing publicly about this new adventure I have gotten questions about what a trauma-informed school really is. And while I give my elevator speech that reviews the research on Adverse Childhood Experiences, neuroscience, toxic stress, social-emotional learning and multi-tiered systems of support, for those out of education, I think sometimes my …

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7 Essential Elements of Trauma-Informed Schools

There are many different definitions for what a trauma-informed school is and I encourage you to check out the resource list available at the Resilience Impact website (resilienceimpact.com) to continue your learning on some of the different models. Some models have a clinical mental health focus, some focus on individual student or classroom interventions, and …

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Creating Safe Schools with T-MTSS and Behavioral Threat Assessment

It seems that everyone has an opinion on the best way to keep schools safe. From arming teachers and creating secure entrances, keeping students safe has become a priority in our country. If you work in a school you have probably been trained on your crisis plan, practiced lockdown drills, had discussions with students on …

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