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Educator professional development and support

Educator professional development and support involves education opportunities for teachers to improve or enhance their teaching methods or classroom environment.

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What to Say When Tragedy Strikes (Consejos para Abordar Problemas Sociales Actuales)What to Say When Tragedy Strikes (Consejos para Abordar Problemas Sociales Actuales)

(Available in Spanish and English.) Our team at SRI Education is deeply saddened and concerned about the wars, violence, and climate destruction sweeping the world. Adults and children may be grappling with feelings of fear, worry, anxiety, anger, and confusion in response to what they are seeing and hearing in ...
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Supporting Transgender Staff and StudentsSupporting Transgender Staff and Students

The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) compiled the following list of websites and free resources to help support transgender youth and adults.
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Classroom Well-being Information and Strategies for Educators (WISE)Classroom Well-being Information and Strategies for Educators (WISE)

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network, in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has developed a FREE self-guided online course, video library + resource collection, and a website focused on educator mental health literacy. The 3-part training ...
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Free professional development opportunity: how to support students and educators dealing with traumaFree professional development opportunity: how to support students and educators dealing with trauma

Join us and REL Appalachia on August 16-17, 11:00am – 4:00pm EDT. Between the ongoing opioid crisis and all of the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students and families, educators’ number one learning need for the 2021-2022 school year is supporting students experiencing trauma
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How early childhood education providers can use COVID-19 relief funds to establish lasting mental health supports for staff and childrenHow early childhood education providers can use COVID-19 relief funds to establish lasting mental health supports for staff and children

Did you know? The recent influx of federal COVID-19 relief funds provides an opportunity to fund early childhood educational mental health supports and services! State agency leaders and early childhood educators can use infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) to meet children’s social and emotional needs during and beyond ...
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16 resources on talking to students about police killings and racism16 resources on talking to students about police killings and racism

To help educators think about how to discuss these cases and other race-related violence and how to support Black students and other students of color who may be distraught by what they read and see in the media, Education Week has compiled some resources from its archives and elsewhere. They ...
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Discussing the Derek Chauvin trial in class: How teachers are doing it and whyDiscussing the Derek Chauvin trial in class: How teachers are doing it and why

This recent article from EdWeek describes efforts by teachers of color to address police violence against citizens of color, as well as the pushback received. The teachers interviewed shared their own experiences, concerns for students of color, and desire to help white students participate in systemic change. https://www.edweek.org/leadership/discussing-the-derek-chauvin-trial-in-class-how-teachers-are-doing-it-and-why/2021/04?
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What white colleagues need to understandWhat white colleagues need to understand

This article from Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) addresses the burden placed on teachers of color to support students and lead anti-racist efforts. It also offers suggestions for white educators, stories of white educators who are doing the work, and helpful tips (that white teachers and allies may want ...
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Overcoming the early childhood suspension & expulsion problemOvercoming the early childhood suspension & expulsion problem

If preschool is designed to set a foundation of learning for children, expose them to structure, and build social, emotional and behaviors skills, then what is happening to produce these alarming rates?
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Educator reflections on distance learning during COVID-19Educator reflections on distance learning during COVID-19

We spoke with two teachers at the beginning of school closures and again at the end of the school year to learn about their adjustment to distance learning.
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