Can a simple regime of yoga and other mindfulness practices have cognitive benefits for children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by poverty and violence? A team of scientists at Stanford is trying to find out…read more
Schools in low-income communities can’t do much to end the challenges their students face at home. Whether it’s a lack of food security, an overworked parent or the responsibility of caring for a younger sibling, struggles can make focusing in class incredibly taxing…read more
Dozens of elementary students are kneeling on green yoga mats. They listen carefully to their coach, Ret Paccasassi. “So on your hands and knees, as you inhale, drop your belly, look up to ceiling. As you exhale, round in — show everybody your Halloween cat…read more
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) today announced a partnership with Pure Edge, Inc. (PEI), a private foundation that provides professional development to enhance social emotional learning in schools. Pure Edge is donating their service to Providence schools, providing educator self-care and culture of care trainings to educators, staff, and students.
Professional learning covers the basic neuroscience of stress and simple strategies to improve both physical and mental well-being through breath, movement, and mindfulness. The district will also receive access to all of PEI’s web-based curricula and resources at no cost.
“It is a challenging time to be in education, and we know all too well that Providence educators, in particular, are working in a broken system. Our teachers need to be supported,” said Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Teacher burnout is a serious issue across the country, and at a time when we are working to bring immense change to Providence, it is more important than ever that our educators have the tools they need to be successful and foster a culture of learning in their schools.” read more