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19 blog posts in 2021

A Setting is NOT an Intervention: It’s Where the Real Intervention Has the Highest Probability of Success

The Pandemic has altered how different settings in a school are organized, and this Blog emphasizes that where students and staff are placed is not as important as what happens once there. The Blog ap...

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How Have Districts Tried and Failed to Eliminate Disproportionate Discipline Rates for Students of Color and With Disabilities? It’s Not About the Plan, It’s About What’s IN the Plan

Blog reviews comparative study analyzing interventions in 41 districts to decrease disproportionate discipline referrals for students of color and with disabilities with 41 matched districts with low...

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A Review of the BEST Resource to Guide Your School’s Instruction of the Whole Child: Connecting the Pandemic Needs of Your Students with Strategic Actions Supported by American Rescue Plan Funding

This Blog identifies and summarizes the single best science-to-practice national report to guide districts and schools on how to best serve the short and long-term academic and social, emotional, and...

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Disproportionate School Discipline, and How Long-Term Suspensions Don’t Work and Don’t Improve Classroom Conditions When Students are Gone (An Unexpected Part III)

This Blog reviews a recent study analyzing the academic and behavioral impact of different lengths of school suspensions across 1.24 million disciplinary incidents over 10 years in the NYC schools. It...

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The Components Needed to Eliminate Disproportionate School Discipline Referrals and Suspensions for Students of Color Do Not Require Anti-Bias Training (Part II)

This Blog discusses the five evidence-based interdependent psycho-educational components and embedded practices that help schools eliminate disproportionate discipline referrals and administrative act...

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The Critical Common Sense Components Needed to Eliminate Disproportionate School Discipline Referrals and Suspensions for Students of Color (Part I)

This is the first Blog in a two-part series on how districts and schools can successfully eliminate disproportionate discipline referrals and actions for students of color. We first review Critical...

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Reconsidering or Rejecting SEL/Character Education, Meditation/Mindfulness/Trauma-Informed, and Restorative Justice Programs (Part II)

In Part II of this two-part Series focusing on some of the most “popular” educational bandwagons in the field, we turn to the social, emotional, and behavioral side of the school and schooling cont...

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Reconsidering or Rejecting Collective Teacher Efficacy and the Acceleration of Students Who are Academically Behind (Part I)

In Part I of this Blog Series, we analyze a well-researched but still murky area of education—Collective Teacher Efficacy. We then discuss an emerging, but still unproven approach recommended to teach...

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Maximizing Meeting Participation and Productivity: Is Everyone “Bringing It” to Your (Virtual or In-Person) Meeting?

Given the number of meetings we attend in a typical week, and their importance to the effectiveness and outcomes of most organizations, it is important to analyze and periodically re-calibrate them...

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Sustaining Student Outcomes Beyond the Pandemic: Where Districts Need to Allocate Their American Rescue Plan (2021) Funds

Sustaining Student Outcomes Beyond the Pandemic: Where Districts Need to Allocate Their American Rescue Plan (2021) Funds Lessons Learned from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009)[Origina...

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Addressing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs: All is Not What it Appears to Be. Remembering Bob Slavin and Applying his Legacy

Addressing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs: All is Not What it Appears to BeRemembering Bob Slavin and Applying his LegacyDear Colleagues,Introduction   I had a totally dif...

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Reconciling “Civil Liberty” Claims that Compromise Public Health and Student Welfare

Reconciling “Civil Liberty” Claims that Compromise Public Health and Student Welfare:When a “Me-First” Perspective Undermines Our “We-First” NeedsDear Colleagues,Introduction   No one promis...

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Why Schools Need to Evaluate and Validate Before They Select and Direct (Their New Federal Funds to Services and Interventions)

Why Schools Need to Evaluate and Validate Before They Select and Direct (Their New Federal Funds to Services and Interventions)Be Cautious—What We Don’t Know about Student Mental Health and the Pandem...

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A Consumer Alert: Student Awareness Does Not Usually Change Student Behavior

With billions of dollars coming to schools through the American Rescue Plan to address a plethora of Pandemic-related issues, this Blog guides educators on how to make purchasing decisions so that...

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A Pandemic Playbook to Organize Your School’s Academic and Social-Emotional Strategies Now and for the 2020-2021 School Year

This new Blog describes some of the psycho-educational "lessons learned" since the Pandemic began in March 2020, providing specific strategies to help schools strategically plan for the remainder of t...

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The Pandemic, Students’ Academic Performance, and Preparing for the Rest of the School Year

This Blog addresses the importance of discussing with teachers and students how the pandemic has impacted and is impacting the school and schooling process cannot be understated. Rather than assume th...

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Implementing Effective Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports during a Pandemic: Upgrading Your Academic and Social-Emotional Prevention, Assessment, and Interventions

Implementing Effective Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports during a Pandemic: Upgrading Your Academic and Social-Emotional Prevention, Assessment, and Interventions.  It’s Not Your Fault. . . .[CLIC...

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An Inaugural Poem for the Ages Challenges All Educators as the Torch is Passed: A Lesson Plan to Help School Staff Become Part of the Solution

Blog discusses the national events of the past month’s inauguration and insurrection, the Presidential election now past, and the past four years of anxiety and stress on educators and students. It en...

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Analyzing, Understanding, and Changing Extreme Behavior: In the Capitol and In the Classroom

Given the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, this piece describes some of the psychological dynamics and possible root causes of the extreme behavior. This information is applied to stude...

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