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Shame kept me from ever being reached or comforted by grade school

shame kept me quiet, it kept me safe from rejection, it made me feel oddly “safe” as a child of an alcoholic with mood disorder because it was a consistent feeling which explained why I was in pain or why I was mad or why no one could care i remember events from childhood if they are rooted in pain. I can’t tell you the specifics of a really fun day or an event that may have been light. I can vividly recall the assistant principal calling me out of 5th grade to his office and asking me if I...

Florida Is One of the Most Overincarcerated Places in U.S. Is It Likely to Change? [jjie.org]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Randy Ratledge doesn’t get out much. Since he was arrested in 2012, Ratledge, 61, has a fear of the police. He doesn’t like leaving his home, and definitely doesn’t like coming downtown, where he was locked up for 117 days. He faced 120 years in prison, and under the state’s minimum mandatory laws, a judge would have had no choice but to impose that sentence if he’d been convicted. [For more on this story by Larry Hannan, go to...

Commentary: Mentoring Can Be a Powerful Force in Kids’ Lives. Here Are 3 Ways Mentorships Benefit Students — and 3 Benefits for Teachers [the74million.org]

M entorship in middle and high school has the power to impact the course of students’ academic and personal life trajectories. Human connection built on trust is the glue that binds students’ academic and personal lives and helps them make sense of their futures; it’s also the reason that most teachers enter education in the first place. One of three foundational components of the Summit Learning experience, 1:1 mentorship allows all students the chance to meet with a dedicated teacher or...

White Nationalism is Driven by a Perceived Loss of Status [psmag.com]

Donald Trump voters, and people who identify with similar political movements in other nations, are perhaps best described as angry nationalists. But consider, for a moment, just how odd and seemingly contradictory that description is. White populists complain they are losing ground to minorities in terms of status and power. At the same time, they assert with increasing belligerence that their country is the greatest in the world. On its face, this pair of claims is puzzling: Why would your...

Ask the Community

Dear ACEs Community, I will be traveling for work in Atlanta (Feb. 26-March 5) and Houston (March 20-24), and am hopeful I can meet some of you in those cities for an informal connection, trading information, inspiration. I am a natural community-maker and connector, and am passionate about bringing better health and wellness, ACEs/TIC awareness and self-regulation skills to children. If this appeals to you, would you directly email me? I'd love to find a time/place to meet whomever in that...Read More...
Hello All, Can anyone email me/connect me with TIC implementation researchers that currently focus on or have interest in focusing on schools, organization development, and/or governance/policy? I am finalizing my dissertation research and am building out implementation research credentials. Thanks! DeniseRead More...
Last Reply By Shenandoah Chefalo · First Unread Post

Data on active shooter drills

Hello, I am our my county's TICN as the Liaison to our Council of PTA, representing 150 schools in my district. The FCCPTA is looking at recent articles in the Washington Post and Atlantic on active shooter drills and their impact on students. I am looking for any data on impact or other resources. I found a great handout on NCTSN already.Read More...
Last Reply By Laurie Udesky (ACEs Connection Staff) · First Unread Post

Grant to Study Gardening Therapy to reduce Anxiety/Depression in kids with ACEs

As a parent of an older adopted child who suffered through four years of trauma before joining our family and a farmer, I am very interested in studying "Gardening Therapy" as a way to reduce anxiety and depression among kids with ACEs. I have a school partner that wants to develop a school based community gardening program and would be willing to "pre-test" kids and develop test and control groups. We would then have the test groups build and work in the school based garden. After 1 month,...Read More...
Last Reply By Amie Lein · First Unread Post

Random thought - hippocampus and sense of direction

Just had a thought. Is anyone aware of research around ACEs and sense of direction? Given that the hippocampus is most involved in that. I remember reading about PET scans and other work showing that male and female brains became wired differently in terms of directional sense and ability - but nothing about how epigenetics or neuro/bio/architectural impacts of stress may impact the hippocampus, and thus, directional sense. Thanks for listening! AndreaRead More...
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