Across the nation, teachers are leaving the profession. The pandemic and shifting political landscape have left teachers feeling overworked and undervalued. According to a 2022 Gallup poll, K-12 teachers report the highest burnout rate of all U.S. professions. More than four out of every 10 teachers said they feel burned out “always” or “very often” at work. Dr. Stefanie … [Read more...] about More teachers than ever are leaving the profession
It’s a true hallmark of parenting: We all want what’s best for our kids. Parents are fierce protectors, consistent teachers and faithful advocates. When a child has an emotional or behavioral disorder, educators must work with parents and students to develop goals, a beneficial plan and appropriate structure. Dr. Reesha Adamson, associate professor of special education at … [Read more...] about What if your child struggles in a classroom?
When members of a majority group adopt a cultural element of a minority group in a disrespectful, stereotypical or exploitative way, that’s cultural appropriation. In the last several years, many people have opened their eyes to this practice. They’ve taken notice and made changes to show respect and spread inclusivity. Dr. Kayla Lewis, associate professor of literacy at … [Read more...] about Discover a more authentic Native American experience
Our children have spent the past two years living through a pandemic, sifting through experiences and learning the new “normal.” Dr. Lindsey Murphy, associate professor in Missouri State University’s department of childhood education and family studies, has worked with children in crisis situations. “In general, caregivers have been more stressed during the pandemic, balancing … [Read more...] about Supporting children in times of uncertainty
When students act out in classrooms, many schools deal with the disruptive behaviors through restraint and seclusion. “Restraint restricts a child’s movement, while seclusion involves removing a child from the academic context,” said Dr. Reesha Adamson, a special education expert at Missouri State University. “Historically, our schools have underreported these incidents.” While … [Read more...] about Reduce negative classroom behaviors with de-escalation strategies