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27 Jan: Doing the Right Thing

By Dr. Will Henson Many educators conducting distance learning  are frustrated by situations that are out of their control.  Sometimes students don’t show up for class, or fail to turn in work. Some even completely disappear. It feels like kids are struggling. I know educators are worrying about all of their students, and especially the ones who seem to be falling behind. The avenues to help them feel limited and inadequate. Right now, it might feel like what is expected of educators is overwhelming. We are all doing a lot, and we may even get less positive feedback and support than usual. We don’t have easy access to our colleagues and supervisors, and we haven’t even met some of our…

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05 Jan: Cheers to a Hopeful Year Ahead

Happy New Year! Welcome back! We hope you had a restful and rejuvenating Winter Break. As we launch into the new year, we want to praise the hardworking educators in this country, and around the globe.  We know that the world of education has been dramatically changed by COVID-19 and the events of 2020. It has been a frustrating time of trial and error, stops and starts, and new challenges that teachers and administrators have never faced. And yet. The strength, determination, ingenuity, and perseverance of our educators has been nothing short of astonishing. With the wellbeing of their students as their compass, educators have rallied to find solutions to problems nobody had even thought of before. All you have…

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15 Jul: New Content in Our Training Series!

321 Insight is committed to helping districts navigate the unprecedented levels of dysregulation (students and staff) that we will face upon the return to school this Fall 2020. Whether your district is re-opening buildings, starting off with only distance learning, or a hybrid approach, staff will need to gear mindsets toward understanding stress and regulation in themselves and others. It will be critical that they develop action steps to support trauma informed practices, in both distance learning and return to brick and mortar schools. In an effort to meet the needs of our clients for the upcoming school year, 321 Insight is excited to present new videos intended to offer training and support for staff in several key areas. In…

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06 Apr: The Structure of Being at Home

by Dr. Will Henson Educators across the country remain home at this time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being at home brings up its own set of challenges in terms of how we structure our time, how we structure our kids’ time, and how we get things accomplished. In a typical week, structure is imposed from outside: we have a specific time to be at work, for the kids to be at school, for appointments, and so on. We can effectively run on autopilot, and get lost and distracted in the busyness of everyday life. Being home with no appointments, little structure, and few distractions brings up its own set of challenges.  In this post I want to talk a little bit…

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16 Mar: Educators – How to Talk About COVID-19

By Dr. Will Henson Talking to kids about COVID-19 This week more than 31 states (as of 3/16) have closed schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Educators may find themselves being asked questions from kids, either in school or at home with their own families.  Here are some ways to talk about how to talk to kids about COVID-19. Keep in mind that what, and how much you share should depend on the developmental age and readiness of the child.   Do talk to your students and children about the situation. Acting like it is not happening will only increase anxiety. They cannot help but notice that the world is in a state of upheaval – naming it, and recognizing…

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03 Mar: For Challenging Behaviors – Relationships are the Solution

by Dr. Will Henson I was recently consulting with educators about a student who had a lot of trauma. The student was having a lot of behavioral challenges commonly associated with students with adverse childhoods. After a while the teacher expressed frustration.  “I adore this kid. I’ve had him for two years. We have a great relationship. But I’m worried I’m not helping him. He still has challenging behaviors. He’s behind academically, maybe he would be better in a behavior program.”   This frustration is understandable. We pour so much time and effort into these students, and we want to know that we are making a difference. What I pointed out to this teacher is that the effort is the solution….

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18 Feb: More Effective Professional Development

by Dr. Will Henson This is Professional Development month here at 321insight, and our focus is on helping people get better at delivering professional development to their staff. When Dr. Skip Greenwood and I started 321insight, we had a specific vision in mind when it comes to professional development. First, we wanted to give people tools that made them more effective, right now.   To that end, we felt that the two+ hour-long trainings were a problem. That kind of time commitment is something few educators can do more than a couple times a year. This was especially important as we worked to develop material for paraeducators, who often had no extra contract time for professional development.  We settled on 5-10…

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04 Feb: Professional Development -Translating New Ideas to New Practices

by Dr. Rick Robinson Professional development is the practice of reflecting on our skills, and getting better at what we do. It is a common focus for educators who wish to continue to grow and progress in their expertise. Often, however, the process of reflection and change can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. It is extremely common to come away from a workshop or training with exciting ideas and goals, but then struggle to implement them effectively. Has this ever happened to you? Professor of Psychology and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, George Loewenstein, Ph.D., coined the term “hot-cold empathy gap” that seems to offer a path forward for us in making professional development more effective. Dr….