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Resources for Educators

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Working Memory: The Engine for Learning

workingmemory444Approximately 10% of us have weak working memory; however, the estimates of the percentage of weak working memory in students with specific learning disorders, including dyslexia, ranges from 20 to 50 percent. Weak working memory is a core difficulty for students with ADHD, Inattentive Type. Read more ›

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Teaching Executive Functioning Skills in the Elementary Classroom [presentation] [video] [downloadable]

This workshop for educators introduces multiple options for cultivating executive function skills within the framework of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Using subject-specific case studies, participants will develop plans that incorporate developmentally appropriate Executive Function strategies to increase student engagement, knowledge, and self-regulation.

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Movement And Breathing Breaks Help Students Stay Focused On Learning

meditation-439For many kids, sitting still all day in school is a big challenge, which is why movement breaks are good practice, whether it’s in elementary school or high school. Additionally, learning science shows us that movement activates the brain and improves cognition. Read more ›

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Why Teacher-Student Relationships Matter

teacher 436Education watchers have long known that the relationship with a teacher can be critically important to how well students learn. But emerging research is giving a clearer picture than ever of how teachers can build and leverage strong relationships with their students. Read more ›

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Making Time for Mindfulness [downloadable]

mindfulnessintheclassroom424A new study suggests that mindfulness education — lessons on techniques to calm the mind and body — can reduce the negative effects of stress and increase students’ ability to stay engaged, helping them stay on track academically and avoid behavior problems. Read more ›

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Children May Struggle More With a Noisy Classroom Than Adults

Students develop the foundation for lifelong reading skills in early elementary school, and a new neuroscience study suggests they may be particularly hindered in that learning by background noise. Read more ›

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Social Emotional Learning Report: A Nation at Hope [downloadable]

A new report on SEL from the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development synthesizes input from researchers, policy makers, educators, students, parents, and philanthropy representatives along with conversations, meetings, and site visits across the country on how to support students’ social, emotional, and academic development and help them be better equipped to prosper in the classroom, perform in the workplace, and thrive in life, as contributing and productive members of society. Read more ›

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The Power of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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The Case for SEL

Look around any Starbucks, airport or doctor’s office waiting room, and you’ll likely see impatient, frustrated, and angry adults simmering in the presence of children. After all, children are renowned for testing boundaries, pushing buttons and trying patience. This is especially true for kids with learning differences, as they try to navigate a world that doesn’t make sense. Read more ›

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The Trauma-Informed Classroom: Creating a Safe, Supportive Learning Environment [presentation] [video]

Trauma is an experience that impacts a student’s ability to cope–it may not even be life-threatening. In this session for educators, learn more about the strategies and tools you can use in your classroom to ensure that each student is healthy, safe and supported. Presented by Lety Arreola-Garcia, Mental Health Coordinator at CHC. Read more ›

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