In August, I wrote about the Miss Kendra Program that works with all students in schools to identify and calm worries to free their brains for learning.  This tier 1 approach to trauma reduces major behavior issues in schools by 70% or more after three years of implementation.  Suspensions for children and youth decreases as […]

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What are you for?

December 9, 2020

It has been a difficult year in so many ways, but it became the backdrop for many important conversations about what is important in our lives.  In the middle of a Global Pandemic and renewed emphasis on the racial injustice inherent in our society, we are clear about what we are against.  But the real […]

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“I want to shout it from the rooftops!” responded Pat Sauer.  Our three-year pilot of the Miss Kendra Program at Willow Lane Elementary School in White Bear Lake showed a 71% decrease in behavior-related visits to the principal’s office.  This reduction in serious behavior incidents is impressive and it will continue to decrease as the […]

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We are heartbroken over the senseless death of Mr. George Floyd. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends at this blatant lack of concern and care for another human being from one of our police officers. Let this be the last tragedy of an unarmed black man. We grieve with the African American […]

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How can we do this better for the well-being of children? There are no words for the sadness I feel for the child and the grandmother in this story. Notice the court and social service interventions started when the child was born, and he is almost 4 years old when the Appeals Court decision was […]

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