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Though once considered the domain of yogis and alternative therapists, mindfulness is in fact gaining broad acceptance among mental health professionals as an adjunct to treatment. Sitting Still Like a Frog introduces families to an accessible approach to mindfulness meditation. Snel recognizes that many children are more than capable of focusing attention, living in the moment, and even sitting still. She eases the young reader into the practice with such kid-friendly concepts as training your “attention muscle,” weathering one’s internal storms, and allowing the “conveyer belt of worries” to keep moving along and out.

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Research is showing more and more positive effects of social-emotional learning (SEL), making it an imperative part of school curriculum. But just like math and reading programs, it’s important to assess whether students are truly learning what they’re being taught. That's why we've teamed up with two great companies, Apperson and Pride Surveys, to bring our clients dependable tools they can use to evaluate what their students are learning in the Second Step program.

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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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