A Time to be Grateful 

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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson  The holidays are a wonderful time for sharing time and memories with our loved ones, but […]

Celebrating Women in Education for World Teachers Day

K-12 education is dominated by female teachers with about 76% of the workforce being filled by women. While teaching has been a favored career for women for many years, the numbers have increased more and more over time. In fact, the female teaching force has increased by more than 60% since the early 1980s. About […]

Mental Wellness Toolkit

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RethinkEd’s mental wellness solution promotes a greater understanding of mental health and well-being while supplying strategies that support the success of the whole school community.

The Research Behind MTSS

The Research Behind MTSS by Christina Whalen, PhD, BCBA (Director of Research)

MTSS is an important framework used in schools in every state to support all students withacademics, behavior, social and emotional learning, and mental health.

The Research Behind RethinkEd: Social Emotional Learning Platform

The Research Behind RethinkEd Social Emotional Learning Platform

Social and emotional learning, or SEL, refers to evidence-based practices informedby rigorous, systematic social science that underscore the way we understand, use, andmanage emotions to learn. Emotions drive how we think, pay attention, make decisions,manage our time, and countless other processes that impact how students and teachersshow up in the classroom.

RethinkEd Webinar Summary: Empowering Educators to Support Students with Autism and Related Disabilities (April 28, 2022)

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Panelists Houston ISD Dr. Charlotte Fontenot (Senior Manager for the AU, Behavior, and Intensive Intervention Team at Houston ISD) (Contributing Faculty for Walden University) Anthony Jones (Manager for Intensive Intervention Services Team in the Office of Special Education Services) East Baton Rouge Parish School System Adam Smith (Associate Superintendent) Tracy Smith (Autism Program Facilitator) Moderated […]

Addressing Mental Health Through Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Addressing Mental Health Through Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

SEL focuses on building social intelligence and helping students to better understand emotions, relationships, and their own self care and development. This includes building empathy, accepting differences, conflict resolution, self-awareness, self management, and social interactions.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Autism Spectrum Disorders

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April is Autism Awareness Month. This is a great time to build our understanding and to celebrate these individuals, their loved ones, and their educational and behavioral support teams. Not one person with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is the same. With an estimated prevalence of 1-2% of the U.S. and worldwide population, ASD is not […]

Supporting Mental Health Needs of Teens

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World Teen Mental Wellness Day is March 2. It is a day to raise awareness about mental health for teens and to work toward destigmatizing one of the most important issues for teens. Mental health issues are common in teenagers and often are not diagnosed or treated. Raising awareness can help teens realize that they […]

Compassion Fatigue: “The Cost of Caring”

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Many students experience trauma and teachers are often at the forefront for supporting them and helping them get the support that they need. Trauma impacts students’ academic performance and behavior at school, but it also significantly affects the teachers and other school staff. Sometimes, it is unclear what to do, sometimes it is not clear […]

Strong Communities Create Safer Schools. How Can We Build Them?

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Amidst rising national violence statistics, what role do school communities play in helping to keep students safe and emotionally well? Students across the country can feel the impact of elevated violent crime in their communities. According to the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report, the number of violent crimes increased year over year for the first time […]

SEL & Mental Health: An Integrated Power of Prevention

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At the very least I can distinguish fear from worry and anxiety, often confusing people and preventing important remedies. Fear and worry are both instinctive, not requiring any active thinking while anxiety, both ruminative (past-oriented) and anticipatory (future-oriented) involve a composition of brain/body imbalance, trapped energy, avoidance, pessimistic world view schema, and much more. I […]

5 Ways to Ensure Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Success

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There is a mismatch between what educators say and what they do around Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in America. According to the 2017 CASEL report, Ready to Lead, 98% of principals believe that students should be taught social emotional skills, but only 35% had a plan to do so. Of those who were implementing a […]

What You Need to Know About Mental Health & Bullying Awareness

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The school year is in full swing with curriculum, homework, and special events. In the midst of focusing on academics and sporting events, a major component that should not be overlooked is student’s mental health.  Even though there is a growing awareness of mental health, there is still ignorance and misunderstanding surrounding mental health and […]

Stressed Out? SEL Tips to Manage Stress before it Manages You

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Teacher attrition costs the United States roughly $2.2 billion dollars annually; an estimated half a million teachers either move or leave the profession each year. Why? Because they are stressed out. In fact, in a report by the American Federation of Teachers put out last month, educators in the US aren’t just more stressed out […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mental Health and School Psychologists

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What Do School Psychologists Do? According to the National Association of School Psychology (NASP), “school psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies; work with school administrators to improve school wide practices and policies; and […]

What’s the big deal with SEL?

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Social and Emotional Learning, or SEL, refers to interrelated sets of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies that underscore the way we understand, use, and manage emotions to learn. Emotions drive how we think, pay attention, make decisions, manage our time, and countless other processes that impact how students and teachers show up in the classroom. […]