Brain Break

Yesterday’s post was heavy, so today I’m going to give my brain, and your brain a spa day with some humor. Humor also helps the brain regulate…dopamine levels, reports a Stanford research team in the December 4, 2003, issue of the journal Neuron. Dopamine, also known as “the reward hormone,” is a neurotransmitter that regulates […]

Segregation By “Choice?”

(This is my yearbook photo from 9th grade) Berkeley Unified was one of the first districts in the country to integrate “by choice”. That sounds terrific — they didn’t need a court to order them to do, but as I’ve mentioned in my post: Reality Check http://mixedgirlsurvivalschool.com/reality-check/ Even though the buses brought the Black children to […]

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Affect All of US

This post is a link-fest that provides critical research on why children act-out, are checked-out, or even drop-out of school. Keep in mind, that information about ACEs is not limited to children’s behavior and physiology, but also why parents, teachers, and other educators can be more prone to stress related illness, depression, alcoholism — and […]

Equity vs. Equality — The College Edition

(None of My Brothers or Sister Went College…and that is Truly a Shame) The only stress that rivals back-to-school time, is apply-to-college time. For some families college applications are the culmination of a decade (or more) of preparation, for others, it’s a last-minute gut-slam. So as the appointments with school counselors are made, as teachers […]

Cultural Continuity: A Interesting Concept…Hard to Execute

(The teacher I needed would have looked like this) I have to give kudos to WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies as a forerunner in embracing  — against the social trend — the concept of “Cultural Continuity”.Their research supported the fact that Hispanic Caregivers provided better care for Hispanic infants/toddlers, African American Caregivers provided better […]