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DGIN recently funded this program:

Positive Behavior Support – Hired a mental health specialist who supported students by providing tools for de-escalation (e.g. breathing and mindfulness), regularly stopping by their classrooms to be a consistent source of support throughout the day, and providing tutoring to help students feel empowered and successful. This support has helped students who experience stress or trauma in their lives remain in school (vs. suspension).

Robotics Enrichment Club – A program that brought elements of technology and nature together to help students better understand the natural world through coding, digital storytelling, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing and modeling, digital arts, making and digital learning. It helped students stretch their thinking, experiment with other kinds of learning and identify areas of strength they may not have been aware of.

Professional Development from WEARE (Working to extend against Racism in Education) – A professional development course that helped teachers dig into the historical reasons behind systemic racism and how to move forward by engaging students in conversations and learning about positive self images and racism. It provided teachers with some ideas of how to facilitate these conversations about race in their classrooms and to help promote and open dialogue with students.

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