Volume 2, Issue 1 | January 2022
HeartMind e-News: Teach, Learn, Lead
A monthly publication dedicated to trauma-informed, compassionate school practices that help educators, students, and families move toward a sense of wholeness and well-being
School Shootings
America has yet to find a good solution to school shootings. Certainly additional mental health supports are needed. What do we know about the perpetrators of violence at school?

According to background research conducted by Apoorva Vallampati, there are some common traits among youth who are alienated and angry to the extreme. Her review certainly points the direction towards steps schools could take to identify potential shooters and help them before they turn to acts of horrific violence. One “solution” of sorts that schools have relied on is "lockdown" drills. In our second article, Sophia Katz reviews research on the impact of these drills, including some recommended best practices for factors that may mitigate some of the fear and trauma that surrounds these drills.
Tin Nguyen, in HeartMind’s third article, describes a related issue: self-regulation. Self-regulation skills are needed to help youth handle their emotions, and many youth could benefit from learning self-regulation strategies. However, as Tin mentions, self-regulation can also help youth with academic skills, including ways to improve their ability to respond to virtual learning. During this time of COVID, when we are never sure when youth may again need to be learning virtually, the importance of self-regulation is magnified.
Featured Articles
Welcome to HeartMind e-News, dedicated to translating research and theory to practice, to aid implementation of compassionate practices in schools. Each issue has practical suggestions for teachers, researchers, school administrators, educational policymakers, mental health providers, students, and families. You are also invited to join the HeartMind Community to receive discounts on publications and workshops, networking opportunities, and special offers for virtual consultations and additional resources from the Center for Educational Improvement.
The School Shooter:
What We Know, and How We Can Learn From It
Apoorva Vallampati, CEI Intern
What’s next for education? Coming back to school in the Fall of 2021 was full of chaos as teachers and students struggled to find their bearings. With the return to in-person learning came a not completely unexpected surge in school violence (Will, 2021). As we begin 2022, schools are in a precarious position: administrators are rushing to address staff shortages and educators remain uncertain about how to handle physical safety and emotional health in the face of endless COVID variants. Yet, the ever-present threat of school violence endures. Read more.

An Examination of School Lockdown Drills in 2022
Sophia Katz, CEI Intern
Virtual Learning and Self-Regulation
Tin Nguyen, CEI Intern
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