The Impact of Trauma on Children

By Doug Van Oort The Bad News: Researchers have found that “exposure to unrelenting stress and repeated traumas can change a child’s brain, making it…harder to focus and learn.” (Flannery) The Good News: Educators can create trauma-sensitive classrooms where children learn to calm themselves when stressed or experiencing trauma and return to learning. (Flannery) Adverse … Read more The Impact of Trauma on Children

ESSA and Implications for Paraeducators: Questions & Answers regarding ESSA’s Impact on Paraeducators

Interview by Wangui Njuguna, Education Daily with Marilyn Likins, Executive Director, National Resource Center for Paraeducators. Q: In your role as executive director for the National Resource Center for Paraeducators what do you hear from paraeducators about the supports they need in schools? A: Paraeducators need to have a thorough understanding of their roles and … Read more ESSA and Implications for Paraeducators: Questions & Answers regarding ESSA’s Impact on Paraeducators

HOT TOPIC: The Seven R’s of Behavior: Dealing with Misbehavior Made Easy! (OK, easier)

The Seven R’s of Behavior: Dealing with Misbehavior Made Easy! (OK, easier) By Doug Van Oort, Assistant Professor, Kirkwood Community College (2008, revised 2010) Anyone who’s worked in a school knows that dealing with challenging student behaviors can be, well, very challenging. Nationally, nearly 50% of new teachers leave teaching within the first five years … Read more HOT TOPIC: The Seven R’s of Behavior: Dealing with Misbehavior Made Easy! (OK, easier)

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): The Voice and Vision of Special Education

CEC is the leading voice for special and gifted education. Through the vision and dedication of more than 30,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. The Council ensures the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities are met in educational legislation, establishes professional standards for the … Read more Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): The Voice and Vision of Special Education

Preparing Paraeducators & Education Majors Together in College

Preparing Paraeducators & Education Majors Together in College Doug Van Oort, Paraeducator Certification Coordinator & Education Careers Faculty Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA Imagine actors in a play practicing their roles individually but never rehearsing together prior to opening night. Or, imagine the quarterback, backs, receivers, and linemen on a football team never practicing … Read more Preparing Paraeducators & Education Majors Together in College