Mind Shift

When Teens Threaten Violence, A Community Responds With Compassion

Psychologist John Van Dreal has spent almost 30 years working with troubled kids. Still, it’s always unsettling to get the kind of phone call he received one morning eight years ago as he was on his way to a meeting.
“I got a call from the assistant principal at North [Salem] High, reporting that a student had made some threats on the Internet,” remembers Van Dreal, the director of safety and risk management for Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore.
Threats of violence in a Facebook post

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How High-Crime Neighborhoods Make It Harder For Kids To Show Up At School

Getting students to show up is one of the biggest challenges schools face: How can someone learn at school if they’re not there in the first place?
A new study suggests living in a high-crime area, or simply passing through one on the way to school, can impact how often students show up to class.

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How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience

In the last decade, rates of anxiety-related disorders in teenagers have steadily risen, particularly in girls.

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School Shooters: What’s Their Path To Violence?

It’s hard to empathize with someone who carries out a school shooting. The brutality of their crimes is unspeakable. Whether the shootings were at Columbine, at Sandy Hook, or in Parkland, they have traumatized students and communities across the U.S.

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How Teachers Are Changing Grading Practices With an Eye on Equity

This is the second article in a two-part series about equitable grading practices. The first article sets up some of the challenges. In this post, learn how teachers are addressing this issue.

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What Teachers and Sports Coaches Can Learn From Each Other

When Vicky Tong started coaching seventh- and eighth-grade cross-country in 2012, she took the job because the school where she teaches needed somebody to do it. Tong figured that this additional work would follow naturally from her duties as a middle school science and Chinese teacher and complement her interest in running. She was training for a half-marathon when the offer arrived, and the timing seemed right.

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If You’re Often Angry Or Irritable, You May Be Depressed

Registered nurse Ebony Monroe of Houston recently went through a period of being quick to anger about every little thing. She didn’t realize then what it might mean for her health.
“If you had told me in the beginning that my irritability was related to depression, I would probably be livid,” Monroe says with a laugh. “I did not think irritability aligned with depression.”

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Six Ways to Teach Social and Emotional Skills All Day

The types of skills required to care for and advocate for oneself and others — self-regulation, responsibility, empathy, and discipline, among others — are becoming increasingly central to the work of schools and teachers, and increasingly relevant to the lifelong success of students.

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With Unfilled Jobs, Businesses Push Rural Residents Toward College

When the Chemours chemical plant in New Johnsonville, Tenn., needed workers to maintain its high-tech machinery, it advertised for them as far as 90 miles away in Nashville in one direction and 150 miles away in Memphis on the other.
It still couldn’t fill the jobs.

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