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For January, we are focused on Social and Emotional Learning

Dr. CJ Rodgers, Assistant Superintendent of Education and Enrichment

Educating the mind without educating the heart is not education at all.           

A Profile in Success

A Message from Teague Middle School Lead Counselor: The Teague Middle School Counseling Department began the work of mindfulness and restorative circles after attending a 4-day training with Cierra Nickerson this past summer. We were inspired to begin this work with our staff and students at Teague Middle School for the upcoming school year dueContinue reading “A Profile in Success”

Priorities in Social and Emotional Learning

Teachers who participated in a resilience program for themselves and received training to teach social-emotional skills have shown to help students increase their self-management skills. Social-emotional skills training for teachers themselves had a significant effect on increasing teacher social-emotional skills, which correlated positively with effective teaching. In order to attain the best results in theContinue reading “Priorities in Social and Emotional Learning”

Caring for Students in the Wake of a Traumatic News Event

Protests turned to violence in the nation’s capital as rioters interrupted a joint session of Congress held to certify the presidential election.  The resulting news footage would likely trouble some children as much as it troubled the adults around them, educators said. And even students who don’t fully understand the events may feel a senseContinue reading “Caring for Students in the Wake of a Traumatic News Event”

Spotlighting SEL in Educator Preparation

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a vital curriculum component in the preparation of aspiring teachers and future administrators. HCDE’s Educator Certification and Advancement (ECA) division, a state-accredited educator preparation program that prepares and certifies aspiring teachers, principals and superintendents, provides extensive SEL training to all of its candidates.  As an alternative pathway provider offeringContinue reading “Spotlighting SEL in Educator Preparation”

E&E Team Member Spotlight

Leading School Culture During a Pandemic Team Member: Cierra B. Nickerson Cierra Nickerson is a proud educator and an advocate for educational equity. A Teach for America alumna with over 11 years of education experience, she has served in various capacities such as an English as a Second Language Teacher, a teacher recruiter, leadership recruiter, aContinue reading “E&E Team Member Spotlight”

Educator Grant Resources

Teaching Tolerance Grants Description: Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants support educators who embrace and embed anti-bias principles throughout their schools. These grants support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. The grants fund projects on three levels: school, classroom and district. School- and District-Level These projects will focus onContinue reading “Educator Grant Resources”


January 2021 Jan. 12 – Youth Mental Health First Aid – Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18)Continue reading “Calendar”


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Upcoming Events:

Jan. 16, 2021 – Special Populations Dyslexia Summit
Jan. 26, 2021 – Science Start with a Story
Jan. 27, 2021 – Grants Development Find Funding to Support Your Programs!
Jan. 30, 2021 – Early Childhood Winter Conference #ECWC21

Ongoing: Online Instructor Training

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