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Growing approach helps kick preschool expulsion habit

from Chalkbeat Colorado

Last year at preschool, Elena would stomp her foot when she got upset. When her teachers sternly told her there would be no foot-stomping in the classroom, she simply stomped harder. It was a power struggle with no victors. Elena, who has autism, was miserable at school. Her teachers were frustrated — ultimately telling Elena's mother, Kristin Miesel, that the girl might have to be physically removed from the classroom if her emotions continued to escalate. Miesel, a school psychologist at a Jefferson County elementary school, chokes up remembering that moment. more


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