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Dana Michelle Fergins • Ed.D. Doctoral Candidate • Public Speaker • Op-Ed Columnist • Education Advocate • Mentor • Louisiana Distinguished Clinician in Middle School • Teacher of the Year • Polishing Ideas into Educational Brilliance!

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Trauma is ‘Written Into Our Bodies’—but Educators Can Help

So inspiring! We sat down with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and talked about childhood trauma, SEL, the science behind our discipline policies, and why she now prescribes meditation. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, on the impact of multigenerational adversity, SEL in the classroom, and the transformational powers of meditation.


We hope that no matter how students are heading back to school this fall that they still have music education in some way in their curriculum!! ❤️🎶🎶🎶🎶

Pastor Riva Tims

I LOVE THIS!!! Create an atmosphere and an environment conducive for the Holy Spirit to speak to your children . A place where the demonstration of God's LOVE and POWER is consistently displayed and manifested.

How to Make Teaching Online Feel Less Isolating

So honored to be interviewed for this article! Working from home can be tough for educators who feed off the energy of their students and coworkers, but there are ways to feel more connected.

Google Meet and Google Classroom Guide for Online Teaching

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How to Make Teaching Online Feel Less Isolating

Congratulations Dr Zachary Scott Robbins! Thank you for interviewing me for your article! #mentalhealthawareness Working from home can be tough for educators who feed off the energy of their students and coworkers, but there are ways to feel more connected.

Photo of children using Taco Bell's Wi-Fi to do their schoolwork goes viral

I have been screaming this since March 2020! Stop assuming every neighborhood has WiFi and FREE hotspot areas! This is the reality of students trying to get a FREE public education (virtual) outside a restaurant! A harrowing photo has gone viral on social media showing two students sitting outside of a Taco Bell to capture WiFi to attend their virtual classrooms.

Savage Impulses

Always thank your hero!

Chadwick Boseman will forever be indebted to Denzel Washington.

8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

💫 Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.

Meet Rashada Abraham of The MilLEADnial Educator in Westchase - Voyage Houston Magazine | Houston City Guide

Former student and mentee! So proud of her! And to think her former assistant principal once told her what she couldn’t do! I’m screamed at her and told her never to listen to others! Shine Rashada! Today we’d like to introduce you to Rashada Abraham. Rashada, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. I’ve always had an innate reverence towards the importance of education from a young age. I formally launched my career as a p...

ShowStoppers Radio Group

Dream Beyond with Dr. Shavonne: Join us for a special week in review edition today, August 22, 2020, at 6:00 pm CST. We will discuss the DNC and the Impact of the Women's Suffrage Movement. Our special guests are Ms. G. Denise Dupree: Assistant Professor of Political Science and Councilwoman, Grambling, Louisiana and Ms. Dana Fergins: Veteran K-12 Educator and Adjunct Instructor of History.
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Time: Aug 22, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield says masks are one of the most powerful weapons we have in the fight against COVID-19. Wearing a mask when you’re in public, combined with social distancing and frequent hand washing, are actions we can all take to help slow the spread. Learn more:

LSUS History and Social Sciences Department


Please watch as Dr. Cheryl H. White gives an overview of something very special in this brief video!
The Spring Street Museum, as an academic and cultural outreach of LSUS, is hosting a virtual and “storefront” exhibit during the month of August to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing all women the right to vote.

Morgan Freeman reads Rep. John Lewis’ last words

What will the historians say about you?

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[07/28/20]   Parents & Teachers as the school year approaches please start giving your children Elderberry, Zinc, Echinacea and Vitamin C to build their immune systems as well as yours. Start them as soon ASAP so you can have them in your system. We Are In This Together! 🙌🏾

The Coronavirus Seems to Spare Most Kids From Illness, but Its Effect on Their Mental Health Is Deepening

The goal, for parents and professionals and other caregivers, is to help ease the pain of this national trauma on their #mentalhealthawareness, to make this pandemic more bear-able for kids, so that the memories will be too. "Nobody is immune to the stress that comes with a pandemic, but children may be at a particular risk"

I was featured on the Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) station tonight! The episode on Reopening Education! I was asked about the mental health awareness of students as we reopen schools. The segment is at the 19 minute mark.

‪On July 1, 2020, I participated as a question submitter for LPB special episode “Reopening Louisiana”! My video and written question was selected! Please watch this informative broadcast with our new State Superintendent tonight at 7 p.m. @lpb_org

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Rest well John Lewis! #johnlewis


Why massive open online courses (still) matter

Great information I’m getting from REMOTE Faculty Summit Conference! Thank you SUSLA for the invite! 2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter -- as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but per...

How—and Why—to Give Students a Say in the Syllabus - Faculty Club

#adjunct To help fourth-year students feel more invested and respected, Dr, Bradley Seymour lets them choose and research which topics they learn about next.

Public speaking engagement on education and how to overcome the odds at VOA The Lighthouse! 💫

Despite safety protocols, Arizona first-grade teacher dies of coronavirus Despite following health recommendations outlined by the CDC, a first-grade teacher in Arizona's Hayden Winkleman Unified School District died last month due to the coronavirus.

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Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the President has "lost all credibility" on the issue of reopening schools in the fall.

"No one trusts him and no one is paying attention," he adds.

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