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A Note From The Editor-In-Chief

A Note from the Editor-in-Chief

Trauma Affects Our Students

It’s troubling to think about some of the things our students witness in their neighborhoods, communities and, sometimes, their own homes: violence, evictions, arrests, overdoses, and more. Research shows that experiencing these kinds of frightening, high-stress, traumatic experiences causes the brain to change.  

Developing brain science has changed the way educators approach students who have endured traumatic experiences, and our cover story, “This is Your Student’s Brain on Trauma,” offers ideas for creating trauma-informed classrooms. This important work helps all children learn, and NEA members and affiliates are leading the way. A related story, “Keeping Schools Safe, Happy Places for All Students,” focuses on the important role educators play in providing safe school learning environments for all students.

Also in this issue, check out the collection of “Strong Unions, Strong Educators” stories, which show the vast spectrum of Association organizing work. From getting air conditioning in Hawaii schools and supporting new teachers in Yuma, Ariz., to negotiating for teacher home visits, NEA members and affiliates are taking the lead in improving student learning nationwide. 

Finally, this issue also recognizes the 20th anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America program. Originally created as a one-day celebration of reading on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Read Across America has evolved into a year-round initiative with a focus on “Building a Nation of Diverse Readers.” 

We hope this issue prepares, inspires, and motivates you.

 

 

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