Making sure you show up in your own story

(From 2017) Tomorrow we have our fourth Annual Storytelling Festival for the AmeriCorps programs of Maryland. Our hosts at Casa Maryland and Pablo Blank always provide a warm welcome in their amazing space. Each year, we try different things and…..

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What happened to America’s teens when coronavirus disrupted high school?

Nearly half of teens said the pandemic had a negative impact on their academics By Moriah BalingitOctober 29, 2021 at 8:03 a.m. EDT Washington Post Before the pandemic, high school had been defined for millions of teenagers by familiar rituals: meeting…..

I Grew Up Poor. How Am I Supposed to Raise My Middle-Class Kids?

By Esau McCaulley Contributing Opinion Writer New York Times November 28th 2021 Every year on Thanksgiving, my children experience something I rarely did when I was growing up. They see their father, mother and siblings all gathered around a family meal…..

Single-family zoning preserves century-old segregation, planners say. A proposal to add density is dividing neighborhoods.

By Katherine Shaver November 20, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EST Washington Post On the edge of downtown Silver Spring, Dan Reed and his neighbors have been discussing how the Maryland suburb should look and feel, conversations that have flared into sometimes heated…..

When I Was 24

OCTOBER 30, 2014 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps pledge, Founders Club, national serviceby Maria Caruso Today’s guest post is the first in our AmeriCorps Alums Founders Club series and comes to us from Brad Meltzer’s 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps speech with Volunteer Florida. Brad is the #1…..

A Guide to Practicing Self-Care with Mindfulness

Making sure our own needs are met is as important as taking care of those we love most. When turning your attention toward yourself feels challenging, there are simple ways to move through the discomfort. Explore our new guide for…..

How Teachers Can Use Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Practices to Support their Students

Implementation Stories, Research and Neuroscience, Inspiration  Poonam Desai, PhD October 3, 2018 The school year is under way and as educators, students, and families fall into a new, yet familiar rhythm, the business of learning begins. Despite many teachers’ best planned lessons, best…..

Essential Trauma-Informed Teaching Strategies for Managing Stress in the Classroom (and Virtual Classrooms) By The Editorial Team

What is trauma? According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), child trauma is when a child witnesses or is involved in an event and, as a result, feels intensely threatened. A traumatic event or situation exceeds an individual’s ability to…..

King memorial idea was born in Silver Spring

By Michael E. RuaneAugust 25, 2011 Brother Hatchel doesn’t see so well anymore. And he has a prosthetic leg. So brothers Navy and Klugh guide him along the outdoor railing of the historic school where their fraternity chapter meets. Using two…..

Opinion: For a model of how to teach on the subject of American racism, turn to Frederick Douglass

By Michael Gerson Columnist Washington Post  November 8, 2021 at 2:39 p.m. EST Among other things, the birth of America was one of history’s greatest acts of hypocrisy. A nation dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal”…..