Many people are not aware there are thousands of people across the state of Minnesota caring for the children of their relatives. It happens in all kinds of families, and it goes like this – family members receive a call from a county or tribal agency asking if they can care for a child that […]

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Every year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation publishes the KIDS COUNT® Data Book. Given all the challenges of COVID, it was inspiring to read that in the 2021 book Minnesota ranked third for child well-being. Yet, as we see time and again, when you dig a little deeper and disaggregate the data, it’s not all kids in Minnesota […]

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Learning loss and digital divides – two among many concerns that were raised up during 18 months of interrupted schooling. Now we are reading about accelerated learning, intensive summer schools, increased tutoring, and calls to “just let our children have a Summer”.  Each child, family and school experienced the pandemic differently. As our students emerge […]

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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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