I taught during Katrina. Here’s what schools should know about kids and trauma

‘Blistering temperatures’: Dark roofing banned on Sydney’s urban fringe

Dark roofing will be banned in Sydney’s south-west growth area in an attempt by the NSW government to dial back the heat island effect while providing sorely needed new homes.

Lighter coloured roofs will be a mandatory part of the planning controls for the Wilton area, busting the march of Colorbond Ironstone that has long been synonymous with Australian urban sprawl.

He described the ongoing problem with dark roofs as “really low-hanging fruit to resolve” in terms of heat mitigation

Residential lots must also be big enough for a tree in every backyard under a new set of rules applauded by urban-heat scientists as a step towards addressing rising temperatures following the grim picture painted by the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

NSW Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the report showed if the planning system didn’t take the construction of buildings and infrastructure more seriously, there could be catastrophic impacts on health, the economy and environment. He said Wilton demonstrated how the issue could be confronted…READ ON

I taught during Katrina. Here’s what schools should know about kids and trauma

When I think about teachers and students returning to their classrooms this fall, I think about my experience as a teacher in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.

“We must pay close attention to the trauma our youngest generation experiences during a disaster, and find ways to build trauma-informed practices into our schools.”

Jenni Torres

I taught at a charter school on a military base, and as parts of New Orleans regained electricity and access to water, we were among the first schools to open our doors. I remember being in the gym learning which teachers returned, and wondering where the others were.

When I left my room before Katrina, our homeroom had 29 middle school students. When I returned in October, there were six. Our room had messages of thanks from the National Guard members who borrowed our snacks and slept under our desks. The room was dusty. The class fish was dead…READ ON

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