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Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Care For The Whole Community: The Whole Child Initiative Model, Gregory J. Benner Ph.D. Feb 2019

Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Care For The Whole Community: The Whole Child Initiative Model, Gregory J. Benner Ph.D.

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The Whole Child Initiative (WCI) is a decade-long blueprint for sustainable and comprehensive community-wide change. To be successful, community-wide sustainable change must embrace a common vision, language, and common experiences to bridge the contrasting community structures, environments, and scopes of work. The Whole Child Initiative uses data, shared goals, and aligned supports ensure that every youth is safe, supported, engaged, healthy, and challenged in the community-at-large. We make the case that a population health or public health approach is needed to sustainable change in communities and the WCI model is described. Among other important outcomes, researchers have found social and ...


Author Chris Crutcher: Speaking Out On Teachers’ Role In Aiding Children Of Trauma, Lori Goodson Feb 2019

Author Chris Crutcher: Speaking Out On Teachers’ Role In Aiding Children Of Trauma, Lori Goodson

Educational Considerations

Nationally known young adult author Chris Crutcher shares his thoughts on how teachers can help students who are dealing with trauma in their lives.


Rags To Riches: One Migrant Worker's Journey To Educational Triumph, Sarah E. Broman Feb 2019

Rags To Riches: One Migrant Worker's Journey To Educational Triumph, Sarah E. Broman

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The effect poverty has on a child’s education is tragic. Without the necessary life-sustaining resources, many of our nation’s children struggle to concentrate on anything other than their immediate dire circumstances. This article tells the story of how one migrant farm worker overcame her struggles living in abject poverty to become a first generation college student and future elementary education teacher thanks to her supportive family and her compassionate, caring educators along the way.


Judgment Doesn't Heal The Hurting, Kara Lasater Feb 2019

Judgment Doesn't Heal The Hurting, Kara Lasater

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Judgment interferes with the development of all relationships. For students and families who have experienced trauma, judgment can be particularly devastating as it may further damage the survivor’s already compromised sense of safety, trust, and belonging. As educators, we must develop non-judgmental attitudes toward students and families, yet sometimes our lack of self-awareness and problematic ideological positions lead us to judge. In this essay, I describe my personal journey with families and the ideological shift I experienced as I became more self-aware and attentive to others’ stories. It is my hope that my experiences will challenge other educators to ...


Role-Clarity And Boundaries For Trauma-Informed Teachers, Alex Shevrin Venet Feb 2019

Role-Clarity And Boundaries For Trauma-Informed Teachers, Alex Shevrin Venet

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As they begin to implement trauma-informed practices in their classrooms, teachers should consider their role in the lives of students and how to maintain appropriate and safe boundaries with students. This essay explores the role of the teacher in supporting trauma-affected children and offers a frame of teacher as a facilitator of connection. It also offers ways to compassionately maintain boundaries with students while supporting their access to mental health care.


Time For Silence To End, F. Todd Goodson Feb 2019

Time For Silence To End, F. Todd Goodson

Educational Considerations

This issue of Educational Considerations explores the complex territory where teachers meet children impacted by trauma. Human traumatic experience is a topic that has been underreported, unacknowledged, and misunderstood for too long by too many. As we confront trauma, we quickly come to the realization that all teachers at all levels need a better understanding of the scope and impact of trauma on their classrooms and pedagogical strategies grounded in our best available understanding of the needs of all students.


Forgotten And Overlooked: A Personal Reflection Of Foster Parenting And School, Seth J. Lickteig, Amanda Lickteig Jan 2019

Forgotten And Overlooked: A Personal Reflection Of Foster Parenting And School, Seth J. Lickteig, Amanda Lickteig

Educational Considerations

The number of children in foster care has risen markedly in recent years, namely because of the opioid crisis currently plaguing the United States. Students placed in foster care experience higher dropout and lower graduation rates compared to their peers. School mobility has caused many foster care students to fall through the cracks. However, despite these concerns, teachers and school administrators have received little training regarding this population of students. Schools are ill-prepared for the unique emotional and social needs of children in foster care, often labeling them under the larger umbrella term of at-risk—which focuses primarily on their ...


An Alternative Pathway To Elementary Teaching, Lotta Larson, Tom Vontz May 2018

An Alternative Pathway To Elementary Teaching, Lotta Larson, Tom Vontz

Educational Considerations

This article describes an alternative pathway to elementary teaching through the MAT online program at Kansas State University.


Teachers’ Increased Use Of Informational Text: A Phenomenological Study Of Five Primary Classrooms, Heather D. Young, Christian Z. Goering Apr 2018

Teachers’ Increased Use Of Informational Text: A Phenomenological Study Of Five Primary Classrooms, Heather D. Young, Christian Z. Goering

Educational Considerations

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explain how the Common Core State Standards may have influenced teachers' practices and philosophies regarding literacy instruction. Conducted in five kindergarten through second-grade classrooms within one elementary school, this research study collected semi-structured interviews, classroom observations, and teacher-reported lesson plans over fourteen weeks. We observed that one of the largest instructional shifts due to the implementation of new standards was in the area of informational text use. This change came about not due to the volume of empirical research stating the benefits of such texts, but rather because of an educational policy ...


Teaching As A Political Act: Critical Pedagogy In Library Instruction, Melia Erin Fritch Apr 2018

Teaching As A Political Act: Critical Pedagogy In Library Instruction, Melia Erin Fritch

Educational Considerations

This article establishes a theoretical framework for critical library instruction (and thereby critical information literacy) that is built upon critical feminist theory, critical race theory, and engaged pedagogy, among others. Using the ideas and work of theorists to create a path linking the ideas of critical analyses together, the author demonstrates the importance and need for critical information literacy within library instruction to empower students, creating opportunities for lifelong learning. Noted within the article are the obstacles for librarians who focus on feminist engaged pedagogy in their teaching; however, the author shares with readers that the challenge is in fact ...


"A Constant State Of Flex And Change": A Teacher Candidate's Perceptions Of And Experiences With Military-Connected Learners, Vicki S. Sherbert Apr 2018

"A Constant State Of Flex And Change": A Teacher Candidate's Perceptions Of And Experiences With Military-Connected Learners, Vicki S. Sherbert

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All teacher candidates enter the classroom with initial perceptions and assumptions regarding their students’ diverse lived experiences and the role those experiences may play in the classroom (Wenger & Dinsmore, 2005). For teacher candidates with no military background, concerns may extend beyond those typical of teacher candidates in other internship placements to include worries about understanding and meeting the unique needs of military-connected learners. This qualitative case study involved three teacher candidates who were about to begin their student teaching internships working in elementary classrooms in schools on a military post. This article will offer an in-depth description of one of ...


Changing Teacher Education: Challenging Assumptions And Moving Forward, Todd Goodson Apr 2018

Changing Teacher Education: Challenging Assumptions And Moving Forward, Todd Goodson

Educational Considerations

This issue marks the first under the direction of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University. This issue is devoted to the theme Changing Teacher Education, and our contributing authors explore various aspects of change and their implications for both teacher education as well as K-12 education. The issue also includes a new feature, Key Conversations, devoted to an interview with a leading figure whose work illuminates the theme of the issue.


Instructors’ Perceptions And Experiences Re: Creating And Implementing Customized E-Texts In Education Courses, Deepak Prem Subramony Apr 2018

Instructors’ Perceptions And Experiences Re: Creating And Implementing Customized E-Texts In Education Courses, Deepak Prem Subramony

Educational Considerations

This article presents partial findings from a case study exploring the outcome of an open alternative electronic textbook initiative launched by the College of Education at a large Midwestern university. On the basis of interview data generated by the aforesaid study, this article details the perceptions and experiences of instructors participating in the initiative regarding: (a) their rationale/justification for creating tailored/customized e-texts for their respective courses; (b) the strategies they followed, the challenges they faced, and the benefits they accrued as part of the process of designing, developing, and implementing these e-texts; and (c) how their students responded ...


A Year On The Rock: A Methods Professor Returns To The Classroom, Bradley J. Burenheide Mar 2018

A Year On The Rock: A Methods Professor Returns To The Classroom, Bradley J. Burenheide

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As a Methods Professor in a Research I institution in the Midwest and the largest education program in its respective state, I faced a crisis after ten years in higher education. The concern I faced was whether or not the repertoire I taught my students was appropriate and meaningful in their training. While staying abreast of current research and strategies, I wanted to ensure that my techniques were still applicable to working with students after ten years of less connection with classrooms. This article discusses the framework employed in the research experience as well as the big lessons that were ...


Karen Symms Gallagher: Caep Chair Shares Insight Into Teacher Preparation, Accreditation, Lori Goodson Jan 2018

Karen Symms Gallagher: Caep Chair Shares Insight Into Teacher Preparation, Accreditation, Lori Goodson

Educational Considerations

At the heart of teacher preparation, changes are taking place—a push for continued high standards and an effort to determine the impact various programs are having on P-12 student learning. Leading the way is the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which emerged in 2010 from education leaders’ desire for a next generation of accreditation model to improve the preparation of teachers for America’s schools.

In this challenging environment, Karen Symms Gallagher, the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the University of Southern California (USC) Rossier School of Education shares her insight as the ...


Table Of Contents And Introductory Materials For Vol. 43, No. 4, Fall 2016, Alex Redcorn Sep 2016

Table Of Contents And Introductory Materials For Vol. 43, No. 4, Fall 2016, Alex Redcorn

Educational Considerations

The table of contents, editorial information and more for this special issue "Exploring University Partnerships for Building Leadership Capacity in Education."


Introduction To The Special Issue: Leadership In Kansas For The 21st Century, Randy Watson Sep 2016

Introduction To The Special Issue: Leadership In Kansas For The 21st Century, Randy Watson

Educational Considerations

Kansas is currently experiencing a leadership challenge. This is evident both in the number of leaders new to their positions in K-12 school districts and in the methods our state must implement to effectively train those leaders for Kansas’ education to prosper into the 21st century.


Revisiting Public School/University Partnerships For Formal Leadership Development: A Brief 30-Year Retrospective, David C. Thompson Sep 2016

Revisiting Public School/University Partnerships For Formal Leadership Development: A Brief 30-Year Retrospective, David C. Thompson

Educational Considerations

Almost exactly 30 years ago, Kansas State University foresaw the power of partnerships with public schools in preparing new generations of formal school leaders.


Transforming The Preparation Of Leaders Into A True Partnership Model, Mary Devin Sep 2016

Transforming The Preparation Of Leaders Into A True Partnership Model, Mary Devin

Educational Considerations

In the early 2000s, as public education moved into the accountability era spawned by passage of No Child Left Behind in 2001, landmark research produced convincing evidence of the importance of leadership.


Leadership Academies: A District Office Perspective, Rick Doll Sep 2016

Leadership Academies: A District Office Perspective, Rick Doll

Educational Considerations

In 2004, public schools across the country found themselves in the middle of an educational shift to standards-based accreditation. Expectations had changed. Schools were being held accountable for the success of all students. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 established the expectation that all schools must successfully educate all students. This federal legislation changed school accreditation to a model based on high-stakes testing.


District Liaison Involvement In Partnership Academies, Debra Gustafson, Nancy Kiltz Sep 2016

District Liaison Involvement In Partnership Academies, Debra Gustafson, Nancy Kiltz

Educational Considerations

The greatest legacy a leader can leave is having developed other leaders…if you want to leave a legacy, invest in people, and encourage those you develop to pass on everything they learn from you to others who will do the same.


Changing From Traditional Practice To A New Model For Preparing Future Leaders, Mary Devin, Donna Augustine-Shaw, Robert F. Hachiya Sep 2016

Changing From Traditional Practice To A New Model For Preparing Future Leaders, Mary Devin, Donna Augustine-Shaw, Robert F. Hachiya

Educational Considerations

In dramatic departure from the traditional format of programs preparing building level leaders, in the last sixteen years the Educational Leadership Department in the College of Education at Kansas State University (KSU) has worked with eight different partners in designing and delivering site-based customized 30-hour master’s degree programs in educational leadership to 19 individual cohorts.


North Dakota’S Experience With The Academy Model: A Successful Replication, Tom Hall, Ann Clappe Sep 2016

North Dakota’S Experience With The Academy Model: A Successful Replication, Tom Hall, Ann Clappe

Educational Considerations

Leadership is a key factor in improving schools and ensuring academic success for all students. At the building level, the leadership role has traditionally been assigned to the principal, but principals cannot be expected to be the sole leaders in their buildings.


Who Is The Building Leader?: Commentary On Educational Leadership Preparation Programs For The Future, Debbie K. Mercer Sep 2016

Who Is The Building Leader?: Commentary On Educational Leadership Preparation Programs For The Future, Debbie K. Mercer

Educational Considerations

It is critical that educator preparation programs reflect the current and future needs of schools. The job of a school leader is more complex and more demanding than ever before.


Inspiring Confidence And Professional Growth In Leadership: Student Perspectives On University-District Partnership Master's Academies, Pilar Mejía, Samrie Devin, Heather Calvert Sep 2016

Inspiring Confidence And Professional Growth In Leadership: Student Perspectives On University-District Partnership Master's Academies, Pilar Mejía, Samrie Devin, Heather Calvert

Educational Considerations

School leadership matters when discussing teacher effectiveness and student performance, and preparation programs need to graduate principals with the skills necessary to lead schools for tomorrow. The traditional approach to preparing educational leaders is no longer getting the job done. It is going to take everyone working together to better prepare those who will lead the schools we need.


Educational Considerations, Vol. 43(4) Full Issue, Alex Redcorn Sep 2016

Educational Considerations, Vol. 43(4) Full Issue, Alex Redcorn

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Educational Considerations, vol. 43(4)-Fall 2016-Full issue


Adaptations Of International Standards On Educational Leadership Preparation In Egypt, Ted Purinton, Dalia Khalil Jul 2016

Adaptations Of International Standards On Educational Leadership Preparation In Egypt, Ted Purinton, Dalia Khalil

Educational Considerations

This paper is a case study of one leadership preparation program, utilizing US school leadership standards and practices, offered in Egypt. This case study illuminates how cultural and policy distinctions impact differing necessities of educational leadership, and how those necessities conflict or concur with the international standards and assumed best practices. In particular, it serves as an exploration of policy borrowing, considering that leadership preparation in developed countries has been, on some levels, an issue of occupational field professionalization.


Foreword: [Introduction To The Special Issue Preparing And Developing Educational Leaders In International Context], Haijun Kang, Donna Augustine-Shaw Jul 2016

Foreword: [Introduction To The Special Issue Preparing And Developing Educational Leaders In International Context], Haijun Kang, Donna Augustine-Shaw

Educational Considerations

In the context of globalization and education internationalization, preparing educational leaders for today’s schools and other educational settings has never been more important.


Table Of Contents And Introductory Materials For Vol. 43, No. 3, Summer 2016, Haijun Kang, Donna Augustine-Shaw Jul 2016

Table Of Contents And Introductory Materials For Vol. 43, No. 3, Summer 2016, Haijun Kang, Donna Augustine-Shaw

Educational Considerations

This content includes the front cover, the table of contents, editorial information and more, the special issue: "Preparing and Developing Educational Leaders in International Contexts: From Policy and Theory to Preparation and Practice"


Educational Considerations, Vol. 43(2) Spring 2016 Full Issue, David C. Thompson Apr 2016

Educational Considerations, Vol. 43(2) Spring 2016 Full Issue, David C. Thompson

Educational Considerations

Educational Considerations, vol. 43(2) Spring 2016-Full Issue