Many educators may think that Positive Behavior Supports & Interventions is a straightforward system that may not vary school to school. The reality is that PBIS can, in fact, take many forms. It can even be integrated with other areas of... Continue reading.
At Starr Commonwealth, we are dedicated to continuously improving the experience for our users. In that spirit, we are excited to announce an all-new store experience directly within starr.org! With the launch of this platform, both purchasing as... Continue reading.
Recently, Starr Commonwealth has received many questions regarding techniques for de-escalating dysregulated behavior. Before any of us can control our fight or flight responses, we must be able to bring awareness to our present moment. Present... Continue reading.
Educated Stars of Tomorrow, LLC (ESOT), founded by Willie Burton in 2011, has spent the past nine years developing ExcelU, a school- and community-based curriculum that unifies academic success and health-wellness for students. Using a... Continue reading.
The murder of George Floyd in broad daylight must be met with accountability and justice. George was called “Big Floyd” by his close friends. He was known as a peacemaker, and a mentor to many. He was a father and a brother. The devastating... Continue reading.
What is defusing, and where would these sessions fit in the crisis response timeline? Defusing is both supportive and educational. Its purpose is not to process or explore feelings, nor to allow for the ventilation of feelings (this happens 1:1... Continue reading.
Brave Bart has been providing help to children, families, schools, and other helping professionals across the world since the first book, Brave Bart: A Story for Traumatized and Grieving Children. Since learning how to become a survivor, he used... Continue reading.
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is designated annually in May to bring national attention to the importance and needs of youth, mental health, and their psychological well-being. This year CMHA Week is May 3-9. Children’s Mental... Continue reading.
The heart rate is a large part of the physiological affect we experience, both when regulated or experiencing reactions of stress. Having awareness of our own heart rate in any of these platforms and having a practice to alter that rate can... Continue reading.
For years, the Macomb County Independent School District has been home to our annual Trauma & Resilience Conference. This year, due to the CDC social distancing guidelines in response to the Coronavirus, Starr Commonwealth has made the decision... Continue reading.
What is authentic self-care? Self-care is a commonly used phrase that validates us in doing whatever we want to achieve instant gratification, even if it isn’t serving us long term. We often confuse material or external substance as self-care.... Continue reading.
What do tigers, meerkats, and owls have to do with the Coronavirus? Any experience that leaves you feeling scared, worried, and uncertain creates an involuntary stress response in your body. This means that despite logic, reason, and good coping... Continue reading.
As we settle into the new “normal” it can be extremely grounding to set up rituals to support your days which most likely have less structure than normal. Rituals differ from routines as they are practices that add meaning and connection to your... Continue reading.
Starr Commonwealth has been ranked as the seventh best nonprofits to work for in 2020 by The NonProfit Times. This is the first time the leader in healing trauma and building resilience in children was named to the list, which is compiled in... Continue reading.
The Circle of Courage is a model of resilience built upon the belief that all individuals, regardless of their age, have four universal needs. When any one or more of these universal needs is not being met, our “circle” is thought to be... Continue reading.