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IT’s TIME TO BE UNIFIED IN OUR OUTRAGE
VISIBLE MAGAZINE

“But in cases like these, the “we don’t know the whole story” approach just adds insult to injury, and it’s time for us to be unified in our outrage. ”

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Dallas, we elected a new mayor. Our work is not done
DALLAS MORNING NEWS

“By all accounts, leadership matters, but the soul of our city is won or lost by each of us, one interaction at a time. Here are three ways we can do our part to secure the best possible future for Big D. ”

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What I Learned from a Two-Year Running Streak
THRIVE GLOBAL

“Freedom and discipline often are positioned as opposites, but running every day for two years has taught me that there is freedom in discipline. ”

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WOMEN IN THE HOUSE: BEST DECISION PRACTICES FOR WOMEN LEADERS
GARNET NEWS

“In my own 13-year tenure as a female executive leader and in working with scores of women leaders across sectors, I’ve noted three strategies that can prepare us to make top-notch decisions when the stakes are high.”

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WHY WE NEED MORE THIRD CULTURE KIDS
LATINO REBELS

“I was born in Guatemala in 1972 to white parents from Texas. From birth, most everywhere I looked, there were two or more ways to do just about everything.”

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LEAD LIKE DAENERYS TARGARYEN
GARNET NEWS

“Blessed with natural empathy and a thirst for justice, through seven seasons she added clarity of purpose empowering her to literally walk through fire.”

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The Heartbeat is Not Earned
THE DRABBLE

“Stop. Be still. There is nothing for you to do.

The heartbeat is not earned.”

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TODAY I WILL LIVE IN MY BODY
Vita Brevis

“Today I will live in my body
not above it
not behind it”

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Generous River
Vita Brevis

“The generous river of grief that takes so much and kindly leaves even more behind.”

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3 things my missionary dad taught me offer clarity on immigrant family separation
DALLAS MORNING NEWS

“He taught me that there are no neutral interactions with children, only positive, negative or missed ones.”

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School safety depends on emotional health — and civil conversations
TEXAS TRIBUNE

“In that room, I saw a rock-solid example of adult social emotional health, where people with very different points of view stayed open and made way for the well-being of the community as a whole.”

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Helping Kids Cope with the Barrage of Scary News
Washington Post

“It’s disconcerting for children to live in a country where each day’s news is more shocking than the last. It’s a struggle for them to understand natural disasters, and a bigger struggle to understand why some adults are behaving in ways that children have long understood to be unacceptable. How can parents help children make sense of the nonsensical?”

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Practicing Self-Care Means Doing The Things That Make You Strong
HUFFINGTON POST

“In 2007, when my younger brother died suddenly, one piece of advice I received stuck: Now is a time for strength. Do the things that make you strong.”

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Here Are The Keys To Raising Problem-Solving Children
Huffington Post

“Our daughters are 15 and 10 and we have one strategy that continues to go the distance. It’s a Jedi mind trick that requires consistency but no herculean effort.”

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Yes, teach kids how to cope — but preventing trauma in the first place is more important
DALLAS MORNING NEWS

“Focusing on social emotional health is an upstream effort to mitigate and prevent serious mental health issues in the future. However, it is not nearly upstream enough.”

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3 Ways to Handle ‘Post-Election Stress Disorder’
PBS’ NEXT AVENUE

“What’s worse is that stress, anxiety and depression act as attention thieves. When the fear center of our brain is activated, it suppresses the part of our brain most able to fully attend to what is in front of us and to connect with others.”

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How to Politely Disagree, According to Science
Time.com

“…I find it heartening to know that practicing social and emotional health in our own homes, even in small ways, can lay the groundwork for a return to civility and connection.’

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Why Mindfulness Belongs in the Classroom
Mindful.org

A growing body of science, including the work of Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child, has found that toxic stress can impede healthy development, literally changing children’s brains and affecting their capacity to absorb even the best instruction. Mindfulness is a much-needed life preserver in this otherwise troubling picture.

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Teach kids social emotional health by demonstrating it
DALLAS MORNING NEWS

“If we aren't paying attention to our own behavior and attitudes, we actually do harm. When what we say and what we do don't match, kids experience incongruence. This confusion causes them to lose trust or check-out.”

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How to Talk to Your Kids About the Dallas Shooting
TIME

“The most important thing parents can do is help their children form a coherent narrative—a story that makes sense.”

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3 Terrible Things the Election Is Teaching Your Child
TIME

“The political climate shapes our children’s expectations of adult life and leadership—and in 2016, our kids are learning at least three lessons that directly contradict basic principles of social emotional health. "

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3 discipline approaches DISD should use instead of suspension
DALLAS MORNING NEWS

“If Dallas ISD restricts the use of suspension, leaders should adopt three well-researched approaches that have proven successful elsewhere.”

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