Safe Education Environment

Emotionally Responsive Education: “inviting and containing”

Margaret Blachly of Bank Street’s Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice describes how to fit materials, curriculum, and relationships together to create an emotionally safe classroom.  Emphasizing the importance of a deep understanding of child development, she tells how important it is to know each child’s “story.” Margaret shares what she’s learned as a dual-language and special ed teacher and gives advice to new kindergarten teachers. Reflecting on Dewey’s Education and Experience, she talks about the ethical dimensions of teaching and the connections between the classroom and the larger society.

Emotionally Responsive Education: “inviting and containing”

 
 
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During the interview, Margaret refers to the book “Creating Schools that Heal: Real-Life Solutions” by Lesley Koplow. You can find it here.   

Margaret also co-wrote an article with Noelle Dean for EIEN titled “Feeling charts instead of behavior charts: radical love instead of shame”. Click here to read it. 

To know more about Bank Street’s Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice, click here

Soledad Hiciano on nurturing and educating immigrant children in an age of deportation and deprivation

We speak with Soledad Hiciano, executive director of Community Association of Progressive Dominicans (ACDP), a multi-service community organization in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. She describes the challenges of supporting children who may have experienced multiple traumas, including homelessness and the deportation of close relatives.

Soledad Hiciano on nurturing and educating immigrant children in an age of deportation and deprivation

 
 
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Photo by Bruce Warrington