Schools and lawmakers in Pennsylvania should take steps to introduce trauma-informed education in schools, according to a report from the nonprofit Research for Action. The study identifies Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts and Wisconsin as leaders in trauma-informed education, and highlights some successful efforts already underway in Pennsylvania, such as in Pottstown, where Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez says educators identify students’ emotions and support them in positive ways.
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Schools increasingly are replacing traditional desk-chair combinations with more flexible classroom furniture to support more collaborative teaching and learning. Some classrooms now include furniture such as standing desks and tilt tables.
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Teachers should work to establish classrooms that are safe places for students to learn communication and problem-solving skills, writes Dina Strasser of EL Education. Strasser offers three classroom-management tips to help teachers support the whole child, including adopting restorative practices.
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More schools should adopt personalized plans for students, according to a report from the Education Redesign Lab at Harvard University. Such plans include short- and long-term goals for students that consider the full range of their strengths and needs.
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Audrey Altmann is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.
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