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Greenbrier Elementary Piloting Social-Emotional Learning Program

Joan Cole Duffell, executive director of Committee for Children, in August issued a statement in response to the Unite the Right rally. She said fostering the social-emotional development of children could help extinguish hatred, violence, and intolerance in future generations.

“It is of paramount importance to build children’s social-emotional competencies — so that they might grow up to be adults who start from a place of empathy and kindness, not fear and hate,” Duffell wrote.Read More

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October is Bullying Prevention Month: Stop Bullying on the Spot

We use this bulletin board every other October because all our students know the story of Spookley the square pumpkin who was bullied by the round pumpkins. It helps reinforce the Second Step Bullying Unit lessons I teach and the literature based lessons led by our classroom teachers, administrators, and librarian. Read More

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Poway Unified’s Parenting Classes Begin Next Week

Poway Unified School District’s parent classes are resuming next week, with many offerings to help those with children of all ages. Some workshops have one session offerings while others have their material divided over several weeks and are tailored to parents of elementary, middle and high school students.Read More

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How 3 Local Schools Are Using Mindfulness

Parents at Seattle’s Evergreen School couldn’t believe it. Their kids were, on their own, asking for “a mindful moment in my room” when things got tense at home. It was an unexpected benefit of the school’s new mindfulness program, says Pamela Atteberry, a licensed social worker and the coordinator of student services at The Evergreen School.Read More

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Greenwich’s Western Middle School Students Practice Empathy

Left, right, step up. Eighth-graders carefully guided blindfolded classmates through “mine fields” of cardboard, rulers and other items on the classroom floor, learning to navigate complex environments. Upstairs, in another classroom, seventh-graders voted on their favorite quotes about the district’s focus on caring for themselves and others.Read More

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Breathing Exercises Promote Mindfulness and Calmness at Seattle School

At TOPS K-8, there is a different kind of academics. Heads are down, eyes are closed — but not out of boredom. Every day, teacher Kristy Herrmann reminds her students to just breathe. “It’s part meditation, part mindfulness, taught through a cute character in the program, Mind Yeti.*” The activities focus on feelings and frustrations. The students are also encouraged to pour those emotions out.

* Mind Yeti is not accepting new users at this time.

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Demystifying the Adolescent Brain

At one time or another, every parent has wished they could read their child’s mind. Researchers at the Seattle-based Committee for Children aren’t mind-readers, but they can give you a better understanding of the adolescent brain. Dr. Brian Smith, a senior research scientist from the Committee for Children, shared some of the group’s research.Read More

Read More at King 5 News