Hearing to be held this week on education and trauma in House of Representatives Ed and Labor subcommittee


Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General, will be the lead witness in a hearing on trauma-informed practices in education on Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the House of Representatives Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.  The hearing is titled "The Importance of Trauma-Informed Practices in Education to Assist Students Impacted by Gun Violence and Other Adversities."  Other witnesses include Ingrida Barker, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent,McDowell County Schools, Welch , WV, Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Oklahoma State Department of Education, and Janice K. Jackson, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools. The hearing begins at 10:15 am in 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. To watch the hearing live stream, go to: https://www.youtube.com/EdLaborDemocratsA media advisory on the hearing is attached.  

The chair of the subcommittee is Gregorio Kilili Sablan, Northern Mariana Islands, and the ranking member is Rick Allen of Georgia.  Click here for a list of members of the subcommittee.

Also on Sept. 11, a briefing “Afterschool Programs and a Trauma Informed Approach” will be held hosted by the Senate Afterschool Caucus in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance, National Summer Learning Association, Girls Inc., YMCA of the USA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, America Scores and Communities in Schools, Girls, Inc., National 4-H Council, National Recreation and Park Association, National Summer Learning Association, Schools Out Washington and YMCA of the USA. The briefing will be held 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m in 385 Russell SOB, Washington, DC. Live stream is available on the Alliance Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/357653918454543/.  The recording will be posted after the event.

Details on both events will be reported here on ACEs Connection after they occur.  


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Hopefully the conversation about the 1 in 20 US children with FASD/ND-PAE (i.e., prenatal alcohol exposure related social, emotional and educational problems) will be included in this important hearing.  Many of the children with complex trauma histories also have this condition.  

It’s not just adverse life experiences that are harming our children and stunting their development, it’s preconceptional and prenatal antecedents happening often in very early pregnancy.  Our social drug of choice (alcohol), as a neurotoxic solvent, is the leading and preventable cause of neurodevelopmental conditions worldwide.

Combined with ACEs, this “loading” fuels the fire for future persistent (and sometimes violent or catastrophic) mental health conditions.  The combination of these critical antecedents lead to the “pipeline to prison “ we all are trying to stop.



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