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Teacher prep beginning to address growing homeless student population

Teacher prep beginning to address growing homeless student population

Along with a new certificate program at Lesley U, experts are weaving knowledge on homelessness and trauma into courses for future educators

12/20/18-  Along with a new certificate program at Lesley U, experts are weaving knowledge on homelessness and trauma into courses for future educators.

Even among the infants and toddlers in her classroom, Meital Sandbank sees the effects of homelessness and living in a constant state of transition — difficulty self-soothing, an inability to follow directions and sometimes aggression.

“Children come in to school and their bodies are stressed,” Sandbank, who works at Horizons for Homeless Children — a Boston-area early learning provider and advocacy organization — wrote in an email. “Children who are constantly anxious or worried need much more support and one-on-one care to learn to cope and manage their emotions.”

Sandbank, however, is also participating with her colleagues in a new Certificate in Child Homelessness Studies program at Lesley University in nearby Cambridge, Massachusetts. The series of five courses — covering topics such as trauma, counseling and parent resilience — is designed to better prepare early educators to work with families in unstable living conditions.

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