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Deadline August 27: DHS proposes $1.8 million grant to provide ‘trauma training’ for students

In the wake of recent school shootings, the Department of Homeland Security has proposed a grant to implement a program aimed at teaching students how to properly “control severe bleeding” in the event of a mass casualty event.

The School-Age Trauma Training will provide $1.8 million in free trauma training sessions to the public and high schoolers in the U.S. to train people on how to help victims with a wound.

If all three phases of the program’s preparation go smoothly, it could be at least 36 months before it is officially offered.

“Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma,” the grant’s proposal states. “This initiative is designed to enhance a bystander’s ability to take decisive, life-saving action to assist victims with traumatic injuries.”

John Verrico, a spokesman for the DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate, told ABC News the grant will focus on training high school students in basic first aid to use in “any sort of disaster.”

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CPPS is investing in training curricula and local trainers that bring educational data, systems information and parent rights and responsibilities to life. Learn more about our training programs and how you can participate!

It is free, and we provide translation as needed, and supervised children’s activities for ages 3 and up. Potential participants should contact and specify their name, school, phone or email contact, and ages of children needing childcare

CPPS is committed to building the capacity of parents to engage in their schools and communities and district-wide, to have an impact on school quality and student achievement. We believe that all our schools and neighborhoods, as well as Seattle Public Schools as a whole, stand to benefit from informed parents who are equipped to make a difference.

We are developing a comprehensive training curriculum built on the work of Kentucky’s Pritchard Committee Center for Parent Leadership. Learn about our next scheduled trainings.

This intensive, two-day workshop is the “intro course” to the Pritchard Committee’s nationally acclaimed Parent Leadership Institute.

The Center for Parent Leadership, a national consulting arm of the Prichard Committee, develops skilled parent leaders who partner with schools to improve student achievement. With a 15-year track record, thousands of parent institute graduates in nine states and the District of Columbia have engaged in effective, constructive local advocacy for high-quality schools, serving on school boards and governing councils, in community organizations and in their neighborhoods to help improve schools.

CPPS has brought this model to Seattle, and in 2011, trained 67 parents who are now engaging in powerful efforts to improve schools in southeast Seattle. In 2012, we will offer trainings both in the southeast and at the John Stanford Center.
CPPS Parent Leadership Graduates are:

Stephanie Alter Jones, Ph.D.
Parent Leaders are:

-People who will help define what quality neighborhood schools in Southeast Seattle should look like.

-Public school parents, grandparents, and community members committed to the success of all students in their neighborhood schools.

-Collaborators who work with school staff and community members both to challenge their schools and to celebrate success

-Good communicators eager to share information about school programs and achievement expectations with their communities

-Inclusive recruiters who see the power in bringing others along

Read more HERE

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Help for victims of Sandy Hook Shooting

An official fund for victims’ families, and the community as a whole, has now been established: The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, set up by the United Way of Western Connecticut will provide support services to families and the community. All donations to this fund will go directly to those affected.



From Concerned Eckstein Parents

Urgent Call To Action:

We are writing to urge, implore, BEG you to write to all members of the School Board THIS WEEKEND! The Superintendent and District Staff put their BEX levy proposal before the school board on Wednesday. The proposal includes a new middle school at Wilson-Pacific and repurposing the Jane Addams building for a 1000 seat comprehensive, attendance area middle school.

The Board has NOT reached consensus on this topic, and the second middle school at Jane Addams is at risk. PLEASE WRITE TO THE SCHOOL BOARD TODAY—THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU RIGHT AWAY.
Here’s how things stand:

· Eckstein already has some of the WORST OVERCROWDING in the district.
· Eckstein currently has 25% portables, most of which are extremely old.
· Eckstein’s Capacity is 950, they are currently enrolled at 1300.
· NOT putting a comprehensive attendance area middle school at the Jane Addams building would likely cause Eckstein’s enrollment to surge over 1500 in two years. By 2017 that number is likely to surge past 2000.

· Jane Addams K-8 has been offered a home at the Pinehurst building, which is slated for expansion.

A key recommendation of this proposal is that two additional comprehensive, attendance area middle schools are needed urgently in the North Region to address current overcrowding and anticipated enrollment demands, particularly for Eckstein and Whitman middle schools. Together, a new Wilson Pacific Middle School and the repurposing of Jane Addams offer some hope of relief from the unacceptable overcrowding at Eckstein.

There is an alternative proposal from the community to grow Jane Addams K-8 to a “mushroom” model, where there are three classes at each of the K-5 grades and five classes at each of the 6-8 grades. This will NOT solve the overcrowding issues at Eckstein or address the predicted enrollment growth in the North East. IT IS NOT A VIABLE SOLUTION.

The School Board needs to hear from our community about what is fair and equitable for our children. Overcrowding—and all the resulting problems it creates—is not conducive to learning.
Share your concerns with your school board members TODAY!