A Closer Look: Blogs from NASP Speakers, Leaders, and Presenters
Students from marginalized or minoritized backgrounds are increasingly being targeted in schools. In 2018, the Southern Poverty Law Center noted 821 bias incidents in schools reported in the media. An additional 3,000+ incidents were reported by teachers. These bias incidents were related to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, and religion. Moreover, these incidents were reported at all education levels. In most cases, school administrators failed to discipline the perpetrator or offer any type of response. These blatant events can occur because of other incidents of discrimination, particularly in the form of microaggressions, that have gone unaddressed.
Over 70% of Americans use some form of social media every day (Pew Research Center, 2019). As a result of this trend, when a school associated crisis occurs, it has become expected that schools will use social media to disseminate information. In addition, we should expect that today's students and their caregivers will use social media to connect with each other.
A 2-week Hawaiian vacation. Cozying up in thick fleece sweat pants, an oversized hoodie, and half a pint of cookie dough ice cream on a Friday night to watch your favorite movie. Taking backroads to work and marveling at the turns and hills and many shades of green along the route. Walking from the parking lot to the office, choosing not to focus on the deafening sounds of the ride-on mower zig zagging across the lawn, but instead attending to the sweet smell of fresh cut grass, brilliant sunshine, and crisp hint of autumn in the air. Self-care is different things to different people.