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Leveraging collaboration and brain science to end cycles of poverty and trauma at CUPS-Calgary

Here's another post from my 3-week fellowship trip, visiting trauma-informed communities in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. This one is about the Calgary Urban Project Society, or CUPS, and how they're leveraging brain science and collaboration to end cycles of poverty and trauma: https://traumainformedlancaster.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/leveraging-collaboration-and-brain-science-to-end-cycles-of-poverty-and-trauma-at-cups-calgary/

Parent Partners and a Bridge to the Business World: Wisconsin MARC Update

Joann Stephens will never forget the meeting at which a man pounded the table. Stephens, who has a high school education, a history of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and children with mental health issues, became an accidental advocate. “The systems were not working for my kid, so [I thought], What do we do to fix it?” But at meetings with policy-makers and professionals, Stephens often felt discounted. “One time, a man pounded his fist on the table and said, ‘I can’t stand it when...

Making SEL the DNA of a School [GreaterGoodBerkeley.edu]

Districts and schools all over the country are working hard to make social-emotional learning ( SEL ) a part of the “DNA” of the educational process, meaning they’re going beyond just the adoption of an SEL curricula and are incorporating SEL into school climate, discipline policies, teacher professional development, and the like. But for educational leaders who are new to SEL or who are trying to figure out where to start, this process can seem overwhelming. [For more of this story, written...

America’s Other Drug Problem [ProPublica.org]

Every week in Des Moines, Iowa, the employees of a small nonprofit collect bins of unexpired prescription drugs tossed out by nursing homes after residents died, moved out or no longer needed them. The drugs are given to patients who couldn’t otherwise afford them. But travel 1,000 miles east to Long Island, New York, and you’ll find nursing homes flushing similar leftover drugs down the toilet, alarming state environmental regulators worried they’ll further contaminate the water supply. In...

Where Are All the Preschoolers? [TheAtlantic.com]

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts, has had a serendipitous sequence of events supercharge its preschool-expansion efforts. Federal money came in just as local support for early-childhood education crested, and the closure of an early-childhood center created an opening for the school district to buy an existing facility. The federal money, offered to Springfield and four other Massachusetts communities through the Preschool Expansion Grant program, enabled 195 new seats to go to...

Ask the Community

Hi, Here in Alaska we will be re-shaping curriculum for training on trauma and resilience soon. I have a number of presentations scheduled in the next month or two, and was hoping to use these as opportunities for seeking very specific feedback on what worked and didn't in order to inform this curriculum re-shaping. I want to assess both impressions of audience members by asking them directly what they liked, learned, etc. AND I want to ask knowledge and attitude Qs to ascertain what they...Read More...

Evidence Based Resiliency Programs

Hi, I am seeking evidence based programs to combat ACEs in the middle/high school setting. I would appreciate any feedback regarding programs in use that would be beneficial. We are seeking to unroll a short term program in all schools and a long term program into alternative schools which we would like to pair with home visits. ANY FEEDBACK IS APPRECIATED!Read More...
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Trauma-informed Practice at Community College

I am writing my dissertation on low-income women in a pre-college class, and wonder if anyone knows about research or other resources related to what community colleges may be doing to prepare for and support students with ACE's/trauma. Information about other higher ed institutions welcome, too! Any help will be greatly appreciated.Read More...
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Community aces awareness and resilience training

I need referrals and suggestions of who can provide ACEs and resilience training as our community has embraced becoming a trauma informed community - community in central Oklahoma. We would like to train all sectors of our community - schools (teachers, students, parents and staff); law enforcement and judicial system; government and policy makers; faith based community; youth groups; preschool and daycare; health care professionals. Thank youRead More...
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