Yearly Archives: 2020

Engaging Caregivers as Allies in Virtual Learning

Many of us are well into week eight of virtual learning. Others are sustaining a fully-in-person model with social distancing, or a hybrid somewhere in-between. Still others have begun the semester one way, only to abruptly have to change course. Sure, we’ve had victories along the way. We’ve faced challenges and have learned valuable lessons. But the thing I hear … Continue

Compassionate School Leadership In Action

In a popular video clip, Brene Brown, author of Dare To Lead, describes the core components of empathy. Two of these components are recognizing emotion in someone else and communicating that recognition. In other words, “Empathy is feeling with someone,” Brown states. Empathy is essential for connection with others and is the foundation of positive relationships. Our educators are stressed. … Continue

Perspective View: The Thriving Mission

SaintA’s mission is to facilitate equity, learning, healing and wellness.  This mission is fulfilled through an array of services and support for the people in our care. In 2020, we offer mental health, foster care, child welfare, training, and community-based programs that serve 5,000 people each day, throughout southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. And while the words of our mission statement … Continue

Why Equity Matters in Trauma Sensitive School Work

Trauma Sensitive School practice has gained momentum in the last several years, inspiring changes in educator perspective, administrative policy, and classroom practice. I am often inspired by efforts to understand student challenges in new ways and use innovative strategies. What can give me pause is when this work is applied to institutions or systems where structural bias and inequity are … Continue

The Healing Starts With Us: The Work Is The Real Work

As news of the unconscionable murder of George Floyd filled the airwaves and then the streets earlier this month, the collective pain was palpable in Milwaukee and in our nation. It was an incident of brutality that shook the world. And the world’s still shaking. At SaintA, heartfelt discussions across our organization unearthed the concern that we should not reduce … Continue

Creating a Next Normal in Education

For a long time, school leaders have felt the stress of needing to balance efforts to meet a student’s social and emotional needs while remaining focused on academic excellence. High stakes testing and school and district report cards place pressure on administrators to focus on academic performance. Educators have felt overwhelmed by the increasing demands in the classroom, the rising … Continue

Prioritizing Mental Health Amid COVID-19

With the current ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, therapists everywhere are shifting their practices to remote televisits. Times are particularly stressful for essential workers who risk their lives every time they do their jobs; parents who now act as both caregivers and  teachers; and children who miss their friends and school activities.There are also many who were working through trauma and living … Continue

SaintA Cares: Perspective View

By Ann Leinfelder Grove, President and CEONow five weeks into Wisconsin’s Safer At Home order, we’re finding our way to a temporary state of new normal. With virtual home visits, telehealth appointments, online trainings, virtual gatherings, and enough Teams meetings to fill our digital calendars, at SaintA we believe we’ve got this! Our initial goal to stay focused on the safety … Continue

COVID-19’s Devastation in Black Communities Began Long Ago  

The first three deaths from COVID-19 in Milwaukee county were middle aged black men. Since then, coronavirus has continued to damage black communities at disproportionate rates.  At the time of this writing, in Milwaukee county, black residents made up more than 43 percent of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 and 62 percent of deaths from the disease (WUWM.edu). The black population in Milwaukee county is 27 percent. Check the … Continue

Accelerating the Compassion Curve: Who is Caring for the Caregivers?

It seems like every news feed or social media post you have seen in in recent months leads with the same sentiment: “In these uncertain and trying times….” We see worries abound about the spread of coronavirus and an overrun healthcare system; stressed out families and a potential increase in abuse or domestic violence; business closings causing financial stressors and the long term negative consequences for people living in poverty; existing structural inequities that will result in a disproportionate impact … Continue

48 Things (and Counting) To Do While Physical Distancing

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to unfold, the most important thing to remember is that you’ll be spending a lot of time at home. Physical distancing (also known as social distancing) can save lives. At SaintA, we want to emphasize that while we want you to be physically safe, having close social and emotional connection is needed now more … Continue

From the CEO’s (Virtual) Desk: Perspective View

By Ann Leinfelder Grove, President and CEO Like all of you, our organization has been hyper-focused on how to best respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. With so many details emerging about coronavirus and its potential long-term impact on our physical, social and financial wellbeing, it’s easy to get distracted.Early on, our leadership constructed a human-centered frame to drive our work … Continue

Let’s Talk About Historical Trauma

In 2015, SaintA launched the Historical Trauma Workgroup to advocate for and educate our staff and clients about the cycle of trauma, structural racism, bias and white privilege. Here’s what we know about historical trauma and what we’re doing about it.Not All Trauma is the SameFirst, it’s important to understand the different kinds of trauma. There’s acute, chronic and historical … Continue

29 Amazing Books by Black Authors

From classics, to kidlit, to modern day stories, Black authors have made a significant impact on literature. Below is a list of some books for you and/or the kids to enjoy. Some discuss race and class, others explore magic and love, but they’re all stories that anyone can enjoy at any time of the year, but especially during Black History … Continue

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