Rise & Shine: Staff in some El Paso County districts learn warning signs of human trafficking

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Suicide is a scary topic for parents and educators. No one wants to imagine that children can feel hopeless or desperate enough to take their own lives. But the fact is, some do. That's why the advice we bring you today from a child psychologist at Children's Hospital Colorado is so important. It outlines key questions to ask children who may be struggling and helps adults figure out what to do once they get answers.

We also have a story today exploring Colorado's ongoing challenges in creating bully-proof school cultures and expanding suicide prevention efforts into elementary schools. There have been a number of efforts in recent years — state grants for extra counselors, new social-emotional learning programs, and special teacher trainings on mental health — but some experts say it's not enough.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter

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GRIM REALITY The recent suicide of a 9-year-old Denver boy is forcing educators, parents, and lawmakers to grapple with an uncomfortable reality: Years of anti-bullying efforts haven’t done enough to change school culture, and suicide prevention efforts barely touch the elementary level. Chalkbeat

HOW TO Talking about suicide with young children can feel scary or inappropriate. But a child psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado said broaching the subject can save lives. Here’s what to say. Chalkbeat

VULNERABLE KIDS 350 teachers and administrators in the Lewis-Palmer district in El Paso County took a two-hour training session on human trafficking Friday. The Gazette

HEAD INJURY FEARS Fears regarding youth football participants suffering long-term brain damage are changing the way the game is played and raising questions about the sport’s future. Coloradoan

STEM CHAT Lafayette’s Centaurus High School recently hosted a “speed mentoring” event for female students to encourage them to pursue science and engineering careers and connect them with mentors. Times-Call

IN THE RUNNING As classrooms and textbooks crumble from neglect, and resources run low, teachers from both parties are running for office in unprecedented numbers this year in hopes of gaining a political voice in Washington and in statehouses across the country. CNBC

EDUCATION LAW An exploration of key education court cases, including the 1978 decision that allowed undocumented immigrants access to a public education. New Yorker