- Pat Sauer
Early Childhood Education
Conscious Discipline is a trauma-informed social and emotional learning method that
was piloted in the White Bear Lake Early Childhood Program. The results show that it increased
self-regulation skills in 100% of the early childhood staff. The four-year-old children learned a lot as
well - 90% of them increased their
self-awareness and self-regulation skills.
This change helped in their relationships in the classroom and at
home. It also helped their
decision-making skills. All of it added
up to calmer early childhood classrooms!
Kudos to Angela Drange and her staff! https://consciousdiscipline.com/
Literacy Matters Foundation has a reading program called Mighty Doodle that leverages IBM Watson cognitive analytics to provide reading and writing instruction based on the proven Orton Gillingham approach for teaching struggling readers. The students enrolled in the pilot program performed at a rate four times higher than their control peers. To learn more about the program, go to www.literacymatters.org.
The Miss Kendra Program at Willow Lane Elementary School in White Bear Lake is showing a 71% decrease in behavior-related referrals to the principal’s office. This program allows children to share their worries and feel that an adult cares about them and their concerns. It helps calm the children and the whole school. Congratulations to Principal Chris Streiff and her staff for their work to get these results! To learn more about the program, go to www.traumainformedschools.org
Child Welfare/Childhood Mental Health
Call to Mind was a three episode mini-series within the popular podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” on MN Public Radio that shared stories, facts, and information about childhood trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). The goal was 350,000 downloads and they had 899,435 downloads as of July 29, 2020 with overwhelmingly positive listener feedback. https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/06/13/call-to-m...
Connect Our Kids is building a free technology tool called Family Connections to help improve outcomes for foster and at-risk children by making family searches easier and faster for social workers. It is cloud-hosted and secure, combining a people search and family connections map for building family trees of relatives and natural, supportive relationships for kids in foster care.
Minnesota Guardian Ad Litem Program is creating a dashboard within the Guardian ad Litem case management system that will allow real-time tracking of child permanency and well being measures instead of the current, retrospective 90-day review hearings.This will help move cases along in a timely manner.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network: https://www.nctsn.org/
Child Mind Institute: https://childmind.org/
Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/