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Children, some as young as kindergarten-age, suffer from a particular kind of anxiety, the source of which is not going away any time soon. According to Teachers College at Columbia University, American kids take more than 100 million standardized tests every year. Like it or not, until educators come up with a better way to assess children’s skills and abilities, as well as their teachers’, standardized testing will be a fact of life in most schools. Some children sail through, filling in bubbles and choosing among A, B, C, and D. For others, though, the very word—“testing”—raises the specter of failure or humiliation. Testing anxiety can be paralyzing.

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Schools can be a sanctuary where all children—including those who need it most—experience safety and support. And when children feel safe and supported, they are ready to learn.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) is just around the corner, so PR Manager Allison Wedell Schumacher sat down with Joan Cole Duffell, executive director of Committee for Children, to talk about the organization's past, present, and future in abuse prevention, and about our new Child Protection Training that will be released later this year.

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Teachers working with children who have been exposed to violence are faced with a unique challenge they may not always feel up to handling. Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt offers context, research, and a practical, manageable approach for educators who want to do their best with children who may not be ready to learn when they show up at school every day.

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Many schools and districts are faced with increasing state and district mandates to implement bullying curricula and lessons to all students. But more importantly, educators want to foster a learning environment free from bullying for all their students, and the best way to do that is to implement a bullying prevention program schoolwide. Finding a research-based curriculum that provides direct instruction to students and training for staff can be challenging at best. Schools need lessons to teach students how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying can be taught systematically at each grade starting in kindergarten, and the lessons need to be developmentally appropriate and engaging at each level. Consistency in language and instruction for students, when combined with training for every adult in the building and tools for teachers, can make a schoolwide bullying prevention program effective.

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