PW! Update 9-15-2020
How to Tell if Distance Learning Is Working for Your Kid
Measuring skills, not test scores, is key.
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By Kim BoschSept. 11, 2020
Most parents never expected they’d be in grade school again, and yet, here we are: the alphabet, the multiplication tables, the order of colors in a rainbow …
Despite the best efforts of compassionate teachers who are attempting to form connections with their students over Zoom, parents are still playing a big role in online education this fall. They hover over the computer, print the cutout activity (and provide the scissors), and find the bean seed and the paper towels and the plastic cup and water and watch something grow (hopefully). “Don’t forget to document your findings!” Parents will help them do that, too.
In a moment when time is precious and energy even more so, it might be challenging for parents to understand how growing a bean in a cup fits into their child’s larger education picture. This lack of understanding, this lack of control, leaves parents feeling even more anxious, and you may be asking yourself: How will I even know if my child is learning anything this year?
NEWS / RESEARCH
Trauma is ‘Written Into Our Bodies’—but Educators Can Help
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, on the impact of multigenerational adversity, SEL in the classroom, and the transformational powers of meditation. By Stephen Merrill September 11, 2020
Some of the first adorable patients to trickle into Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’s pediatric clinic when it opened in 2007—long before she was named the first surgeon general of California—were referred by teachers and principals.
Sitting in her examination rooms back then, in one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods, Burke Harris knew almost immediately that something was amiss. Her young patients arrived with tentative diagnoses of oppositional defiant disorder or learning deficits, but routine exams uncovered a host of more serious physical ailments: asthma, autoimmune hepatitis, and even growth failure. Almost inevitably, the children’s caretakers—also sick with advanced diabetes, heart disease, or cancer—relayed harrowing stories of family incarceration, sexual abuse, and even murder.
“I’d have this snapshot of multigenerational adversity in one room,” Burke Harris said, still looking worried decades later. How did the pieces fit together? What did a learning problem have to do with asthma, or with exposure to trauma? Could any of it be connected to terminal conditions like cancer?
An answer arrived “like a bolt of lightning” in 2008, when Burke Harris read a seminal study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) linking childhood trauma—which the researchers called adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)—to dramatically higher rates of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes in middle-aged patients. Burke Harris’s own groundbreaking research in 2011 completed the picture, revealing an astonishing relationship between childhood trauma and the onset of learning and behavioral issues.
Suicide prevention in focus for the month of September
For immediate release: September 10, 2020 (20-167) Contact: Linda Waring, Communications, 564-999-0178
OLYMPIA -- Everyone has a role in suicide prevention. In observance of National Suicide Prevention Month, the Washington State Department of Health and University of Washington’s Forefront Suicide Prevention have partnered with the state’s Health Care Authority, Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Social and Health Services and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to ask Washingtonians to #BeThe1To help prevent suicide.
Vigilance is especially important this year due to the increased stress, anxiety and depression people may be experiencing with COVID-19. Normalizing conversation around mental health helps break stigma. That’s why we’re asking everyone to be the one to be present, supportive and strong for those who may be going through a difficult time.
Following the LEARN Model Steps can help everyone identify the steps they can take to offer support:
The starting place can be just reaching out to loved ones to show them you care, checking in through a text and simply asking, “How are you?”
“Suicide is preventable, and you don’t need special training,” said Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “Everyone can learn to recognize the warning signs, show compassion, offer support, and seek help for themselves if needed.”
“It’s important that students, families, and educators learn the warning signs of suicide and how to offer support,” said State Superintendent Chris Reykdal. “We are ever vigilant, especially as our students may experience more isolation. Providing support and interventions can save lives.”
Look for the hashtags #BeThe1To, #BeThere, and #SPM20 this month on the social media pages of these state partners in suicide prevention. Additional resources offering individual, family, and community support will be shared throughout the month of September.
If you are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, or if someone you know is in crisis, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or chat online. Confidential support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. For support via text on the Crisis Text Line, start a conversation by texting “HEAL” to 741741.
Additional suicide prevention resources:
Visit the DOH Newsroom for all news releases.
Peninsula College Early Childcare Specialist 1- Regular Temporary
Positions in this series provide various childcare and educational activities for children ages 12 months to 3 years in early childhood programs and provide information to parents on childcare techniques. Positions typically work under direct supervision, performing entry-level work following clearly defined work procedures and priorities. Duties include performing classroom work such as recording enrollment; preparing and organizing materials used by children for their projects; and monitoring activities such as nap times, free time, snacks, and lunches.
The Montessori Garden School
We are hiring! 3/4 time person to team up with staff to help children succeed and to be happy, healthy, learn, create, explore and navigate their world. Call for more information, send us your resume and let’s talk! Must have recent negative Tb test, and be willing to get a background check if hired. Salary DOE.
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