Curry Study: Reducing Teachers’ Stress Leads to Higher-Quality Classrooms
August 04, 2016

Teachers who regularly use stress-reducing strategies increase their abilities to cope with the demands of the career and are positioned to do a better job educating students, according to results from a program administered by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.  To read more, click here.

Maine Voices: Pull Plug on Cyberabuse by Connecting with Children Face to Face
May 19, 2016

Collaboration and honest conversation can help our youth develop the skills to make good decisions.  To read more, click here.

How Kids Learn Resilience
May 18, 2016

In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on.  Successful strategies, though are hard to come by.  To read more, click here.

10 Instant Ways to Calm Yourself Down
May 05, 2016

As a highly-sensitive person (as defined by Elaine Aron in her bestseller The Highly Sensitive Person), I’m easily overwhelmed, or over-aroused (not in a sexual way — not on antidepressants).

I have been compiling ways to calm down over the years. I learned some in Aron’s book, some as part of the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program I participated in, and just recently picked up a slew of them in Lauren Brukner’s fantastic book, The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control. Brukner is an occupational therapist who helps kids who have sensory integration issues be able to keep it together in school. However, her calming techniques are brilliant for adults, too.

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Our View: Rise in child shootings should provoke action
May 05, 2016

It's time to hear from the silent majority who back firearm access limits and safer guns.  To read more, click here.

Walking Together for Health and Spirit
April 13, 2016

In early 2013, the Rev. Theresa S. Thames stumbled upon a Facebook page titled “GirlTrek: Healthy Black Women and Girls.”

“It saved my life,” she said.

Thames, then 33, was dangerously overweight and fighting depression.  To read more, click here.

Poverty and Child Health in the United States
April 13, 2016

Abstract - Almost half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty. The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to reducing and ultimately eliminating child poverty in the United States.  To read more, click here.

New Report in Maine - Adverse Childhood Experiences in Maine II:Knowledge, Action, and Future Directions
April 13, 2016

An updated report (first one was in 2010) about knowledge of ACEs among providers in Maine, and how important the issues are. Also some input about the Maine Resilience Building Network and feedback about the educational efforts from the group. Happy Reading!

Paper Tigers celebrates Education Week with 70 screenings across the U.S.
November 18, 2015

Last night, in a kickoff event for Education Week, several hundred people crowded into the fabulous Tishman Auditorium at the New School in New York City to watch Paper Tigers, a documentary that follows six students during a school year at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, the first trauma-informed high school in the U.S. Nearly 70 schools, colleges, universities and communities across the country are screening Paper Tigers this week. To read more, click here.

After the Journey
November 16, 2015

What U.S. Educators Need to Know about Refugee Children and How to Teach Them.  To read more, click here.

The Role of Sport in Addressing Youth Violence
November 05, 2015

Approximately 775,000 youth in America are involved in gangs. According to Kids Play USA Foundation, adolescents who don't have adult supervision at least three days a week are twice as likely to hang out with gang members and three times as likely to be engaged in criminal behavior.  To read more, click here.

Report: One in 14 children has had an incarcerated parent
October 28, 2015

One in 14 children have at least one parent behind bars, and children in these situations suffer from low self-esteem, poor mental and physical health and other problems, a national study says.  To read more, click here.

A Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls
October 22, 2015

Boys are falling behind. They graduate from high school and attend college at lower rates than girls and are more likely to get in trouble, which can hurt them when they enter the job market.  To learn more, click here.

The Adversity Faced in Childhood That Has No Name
September 30, 2015

Did you know that growing up facing adversity in your childhood home has an impact on your life that can last well into your adult years?  To learn more, click here.

October - Purple Light Nights
September 30, 2015

Purple Light Nights® will be celebrated every night in October.  Local businesses, municipal buildings and private homes in Brighton, Brunswick and Portland will shine purple lights in recognition of the reality of domestic violence in our communities, to honor those who have lost their lives, support those who have survived, and hope for those still living with abuse.  Purple Light Nights® is a global campaign in 23 states and 3 countries.  For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit

When Home Is Tough, Making Students Feel Good At School
September 17, 2015

In a classroom in the Bronx borough of New York City on a recent school day, a little boy in a green shirt got very frustrated. He was sitting on the floor with his fellow second-graders as they were going over a math problem with their teacher, when he suddenly turned away from the group and stamped his feet. It seemed like he was mad that she had called on another student. But instead of reprimanding him, the teacher asked him to chime in.  To read more, click here.

Study: Parents want to hear more from teachers, teachers want to hear more from parents
September 10, 2015

A study of 689 parents and 174 teachers across all grades by VitalSmarts found that parents and teachers are not talking to each other about important topics like drug use, mental health and changes in family dynamics.  To read more, click here.

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain
August 19, 2015

Pat Levitt, a developmental neuroscientist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has spent much of his career studying the setbacks and accidents that can make this construction process go awry.  To view the article, click here.

Childhood Stress Might Raise a Woman's Risk for Preterm Birth
August 19, 2015

Stressful events in childhood may increase a woman's risk of having a preterm baby, a new study suggests.  To view article, click here.

Learning for Life: It's All About Balance
August 03, 2015

Ashburn Patch states that "every learning experience is an opportunity for a child." To see how, click here.