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Episode Info: We are often astonished to read or hear in the news about a kid who grabs a classmate’s hair, or snatches food from their tray, or even kicks their teacher. The average person might focus on the obvious disrespectful and unacceptable in-school behaviors. However, we will be missing point if we think that kids should come to school already fully knowing how to behave “properly”. Instead, we need to receive them with open arms, find out what they can do, and provide them with the necessary help to teach them what they don’t yet know.On this episode, Dr. Cheryl Rice, a Behavior Intervention Specialist and a Certified Instructor of Mindset Non-violent Crisis Intervention (De-escalation) Training for Educator shares what’s at the heart of meeting kids where they are in order to advance educator-learner interactions to shape nurturing learning communities. About Cheryl RiceCheryl Rice has been a Special Education Teacher for over 20 years. Currently, she is a Behavior Intervention Specialist for public school elementary students grades prek through 5th. Cheryl has her Masters and Education Specialist degrees in Education, with an emphasis on working with Young Children with Special Needs. She has a National Board Certification in the area of Young Children with Special Needs. Cheryl was an Adjunct Professor at Valdosta State University in Special Education Department. She completed her Doctoral Studies in the area of School Improvement with an emphasis on Educational Leadership.Cheryl is a Certified Instructor of Mindset Non-violent Crisis Intervention (Deescalation) Training for Educators. She is also an Early Intervention Specialist for Georgia Department of Education through GA PINES (Parent and Infant Network for Early Intervention Services). Finally, Cheryl is a lifelong resident of Georgia and a mother of 2 grown boys.Helpful Books:Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence and Chronic StressEngaging Students with Poverty in MindRelationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient LearnersHanging In: Strategies for Teaching the Students Who Challenge Us MostAbout Host, Sucheta KamathSucheta Kamath, is an award-winning speech-language pathologist, a TEDx speaker, a celebrated community leader, and the founder and CEO of ExQ®. As an EdTech entrepreneur, Sucheta has designed ExQ's personalized digital learning curriculum/tool that empowers middle and high school students to develop self-awareness and strategic thinking skills through the mastery of Executive Function and social-emotional competence.Support the show (
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