School jail cells?

Can you imagine seeing children in small prison cells in our own schools? You may recall a breaking article on zero reports despite 1700 cases of seclusion and restraint towards children with special needs in Fairfax County Public Schools.

This past Friday, between running around from one event to another, I had the opportunity to attend a training on the trauma of seclusion and restraint in our schools. With each additional point presented by the trainer, I was increasingly amazed at the extent to which seemingly nonchalant decisions lead to profound damages to children, families, and the whole community.

I was particularly struck by one line that the trainer mentioned:

Unconditional personal regard is a human right.

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School Board, Say What?

If you haven’t yet seen Sunday’s episode of 11/5 Issues LIVE! , I’d encourage you to take a peek and learn more about the history of our school system and how it operates today. You’ll see that there are many historical decisions that have legacies impacting us today. I will clarify two topics below.

So, knowing what you do now, what are you going to do about it? You might remember I touched on the fact that there are School Board advisory committees on various topics. I want to outline some of them for you to consider how you might want to get involved.

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A-bear and $1 ice cream

To this day, I remember how embarrassing it was to me that my history teacher would call me "A-bra" with her Bostonian accent and how my music teacher called me "A-bear." I also remember being chosen second-to last in gym class and having a hard time keeping up with things I did not understand... It amazes me how specifically I remember certain things-- almost everyone by full name-- without much effort. I realize now that those who know me today could probably never expect that to have been my reality.

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