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Michael Niehoff is a Getting Smart Columnist. He is a teacher, leader, blogger, and student advocate. Connect with him on Twitter: @mwniehoff
student trauma and storytelling

‘Imagine Project’ Turns Trauma into Strength, Empathy and Sense of Community

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The Imagine Project is a seven-step journaling process that provides young people a simple way to express their stress and/or trauma, as well as be encouraged to imagine a new story for themselves.
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Play, Play-Based Learning Important Now More Than Ever

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Distance learning, smart technology and overscheduling are creating a need to embrace the developmental benefits of play and play-based learning now more than ever.
difference making and project-based learning

Portrait of a School Wide Project Launch

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Charter Elementary school launches universal school wide project as a means to engage all students and staff in a relevant, personalized, and public purpose.
student arts and agency

New Arts Integration Efforts Address Healing-Centered Engagement, Transformative Agency

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There is a new merging of the arts with trauma-informed pedagogy, social justice and culturally-responsive teaching as a means to increase healing-centered engagement and transformative agency.
LISTEN, a film by Erahm Christopher

New Film Addresses Mental Health By Challenging Us To ‘Listen’ To Our Youth Voice

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Michael discusses a new groundbreaking film being screened by local schools and community groups. It is intended to provoke a critical conversation and make it easier to talk about mental health.
Photo by NESA by Makers on Unsplash

The Role of Student Roles

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Michael discusses how creating relevant real-world opportunities allows students to enhance their skills, resumes, and portfolios.

5 Ways to Support Students’ Personal Brand Equity

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One of the most invaluable lifelong lessons we could impart on our students is that of the Personal Brand Equity. All of us can learn to craft and develop our Personal Brand Equity - who we are, what we have to offer, what makes us unique and how we might communicate any of this to others.

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