Dear MSAN Colleagues,

We are moving along in planning our April 2019 MSAN Institute, which will feature keynotes from Dr. Maisha T. Winn of UC Davis and MSAN alumnae Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi of Princeton Choose. The Call for Proposals for the Institute is now open! Please share far and wide, and please consider presenting a breakout session on your work, either on your own or with a team.

In this last MSAN Minute for 2018, we share information on combating secondary traumatic stress among educators, highlight the leadership of longtime MSAN advisor Ms. Lenora Keel from Princeton Public Schools (NJ), share a set of resources on multilingual learners, and moreAnd don’t forget to save the date for MSAN’s winter webinar on ending racial discipline disparities!

Finally–last January, we moved our MSAN newsletter to a new format with a new name. As we review these updates and plan for the future, we need your feedback. Thanks in advance for taking a moment to complete the very short MSAN Minute survey at

Happy winter, MSAN colleagues, and thanks for all you do!

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Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) for Educators
In a growing number of professions, including firefighters, law enforcement, trauma doctors and nurses, child welfare workers, and therapists and case managers, it is now understood that working with people in trauma — hearing their stories of hardship and supporting their recovery — has far-reaching emotional effect on providers. Check out these resources from Harvard’s Usable Knowledge Database on how schools can acknowledge, appreciate, and address the reality and impact of STS head on.

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December 10 Webinar From Facing History and Ourselves: Examining Human Rights in the World Today
Are human rights today a real-time commitment, or a paper pledge? Join our friends at Facing History and Ourselves on December 10 from 2 to 3 PM Central Time for a webinar to explore classroom-ready lessons and resources that will help you teach about the ever-increasing importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as the UDHR reaches its 70th anniversary this month.

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MSAN Winter Webinar With Dr. Ann Gregory
January 17, 2019 4 PM Central Standard Time
In response to the Guiding Questions posed by Governing Board and Research Practitioners Council members and outlined in our 2018-19 Focus Area: Discipline Disparities R&D Scope of Work, Dr. Anne Gregory will be conducting an MSAN webinar on a research-based framework that holds promise for reducing racial disparities in school discipline. The webinar will take place on January 17, 2019 at 4 PM Central Standard Time. Advance RSVP not required; simply create a username and log in at on January 17 at 4 PM CST to participate. Questions? Contact MSAN at 608.890.4638 or

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Supporting Multilingual Learners
Many MSAN school districts are experiencing growth in their numbers of multilingual learners (also referred to as “English language learners”). To learn more about how to improve programs and practices, we turn to our colleagues at Education Northwest who have developed a range of research-based strategies to support, including:


See Me, Hear Me: A Conversation With Tomorrow’s Leaders
Longtime MSAN advisor Ms. Lenora Keel, Social Worker and Coordinator of Student & Family Services at Princeton High School (NJ), creates regular opportunities for her district’s MSAN scholars to lead. Recently, MSAN scholars in Princeton partnered with the Princeton Regional Education Support Staff Association (PRESSA)–the labor union which represents the custodians/maintenance and grounds workers, secretaries, instructional aides, and bus aides of the Princeton Public School District–to convene a daylong conference titled “See Me, Hear Me: A Conversation With Tomorrow’s Leaders”. The conference brought together students, families, staff, and community partners across school districts for a day of speakers, panels, and discussions. Visit the PRESSA takes PRIDE website to learn more about how the PRESSA organization shares the successes of their school district with community members.

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