School Districts Address Education Difficulties at Early Childhood Summit

Updated: May 01, 2019 06:15 PM

Childcare providers and educators know firsthand that the difficulties a student may have outside of the classroom can have a big effect on their learning in school. Representatives from more than 20 Northeastern Minnesota school districts explored that topic and others at the 13th Regional Early Childhood Summit.


Learning how to provide a nuturing school environment to promote students' social, emotional and behavioral well being was one of strategies presented by the Keynot Speaker, Clay Cook Ph.D. 

Nearly 300 superintendents, teachers, early childhood specialists and others discussed ways to create positive environments and personalized interventions for students with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Cook presented on the topic title  "The why, what, and how of integrating trauma-informed practices."  The Northland Foundation's Vice President says this is an important opportunity for educators in Duluth and rural communities to dig deeper. One local educator says she's seen the barriers in her work and there are things she's taken from the training she plans to apply. 

"I learned how it really starts with us, and how we can adjust our way of being with children and help them have a successful day and successful school career," said Lynn Henderson, a Childhood Teacher for the DUluth School District. 

"Labeling children is not the way to go. It's really understanding that every child is unique. The needs of each child is different and we have to become more insightful about that particular child, and what do they need or what are they trying to tell us," said Lynn Haglin, Vice President of the Northland Foundation. 

Haglin says the strategies learned at Wednesday's event include building stronger relationships between teachers and childcare providers as well. It's the 13th year for the summit. The summit also provided information on resources like state scholarships for early childhood and local organizations helping to address the childcare shortage.

Represenatives came from St. Louis County Schools to the Barnum School District and Ely's School District. 

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