A Better Normal

Catch Up on Our 'A Better Normal' Series While We Take a Break This Week

Thank you to all who have joined us so far for the 'A Better Normal' Community Discussions! With 32 episodes so far, the 'A Better Normal' Discussions have been attended by over 3,000 different people! ACEs Connection Staff will be taking some time off for a break around the July 4th holiday, we will not be hosting any of the 'A Better Normal' discussions or publishing our Daily Digests on Thursday and Friday. Use this time to catch up on past 'A Better Normal' Discussions on our Youtube...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, canceled for 7/3 (Happy 4th!) Next Episode 7/9

Next Episode of A Better Normal-Education Upended July 9th, 2020- 12 PST ACEsConnection is on holiday July 3rd but please join us on July 9th as we host special guest Pamela Black to discuss a back to school survey that aims to gather information from staff regarding what they need to feel safe in their return to school. If you want to catch up on past Better Normal-Education Upended over the holiday weekend we have our own YouTube channel ! Have a safe holiday and see you July 9th! Weekly...

A Better Normal Tuesday, June 30th at Noon PDT: Reinterpreting American Identity, a Community Discussion

"I think that all of us, regardless of our racial or ethnic background, feel relieved that we no longer have to deal with the racism and the sexism associated with the system of slavery. But we treat the history of enslavement like we treat the genocidal colonization of indigenous people in North America, as if it was not that important, or worse, as if it never happened." —Angela Davis, "The Meaning of Freedom" Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of A Better Normal, our...

A Better Normal Friday, June 26th at Noon PDT: “Grief/Family Trauma in the Time of COVID-19”

Please join us for the community discussion of A Better Normal, our ongoing series in which we envision a future in which every community, organization and system has integrated practices based on ACEs science to create a better normal. The one we had wasn’t working very well. “Grief/Family Trauma in the Time of COVID-19” With Tian Dayton, PhD, psychologist, author. Moderated by ACEs Connection staff members Carey Sipp and Alison Cebulla Friday, June 26th, 2020 Noon to 1pm, PDT (3 p.m. - 4...

Building a Resilient Workforce: A Better Normal Conversation - Tuesday, June 23rd 12-1pm PT

How do we build a resilient workforce that can thrive in the face of adversity? And how do we sort out which resources and supports are most needed when building a staff support plan? These are burning questions for leadership, especially during this time of COVID-19. Join us on Tuesday, June 23rd, 12-1pm PT for our 'A Better Normal' series to discuss building organizational resilience through creating a “Better Normal” in the workplace. Gail Kennedy of ACEs Connection will talk with Pam...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, Facilitating Conversations about Racism and Racial Trauma with Staff and Students

Thursday, June 18, 2020 Education Upended, Special Guest Ingrid Cockhren Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of "A Better Normal — Education Upended". This week special guest and ACEsConnection staff member Ingrid Cockhren will join us to discuss facilitating conversations about racism, equity, and racial trauma through a trauma-informed lens with staff and students. Weekly themes include: How do we create physical and psychological safety, especially in the face of so much...

A Better Normal Friday, June 19th at Noon PDT: LGBTQ+ Identity and Race in the US: An Intersectional Discussion On Historical and Generational Trauma

Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of A Better Normal, our ongoing series in which we envision the future as trauma-informed. LGBTQ+ Identity and Race in the US: An Intersectional Discussion On Historical and Generational Trauma With Panelists Rev. Dr. D. Mark Wilson and Alexander Cho, Ph.D., Moderated by ACEs Connection staff members Jenna Quinn and Alison Cebulla Friday, June 19th, 2020 Noon to 1pm, PT (3pm to 4pm ET) >>Click here to register<< Please join us...

A Better Normal- Education Upended and Re-imagined!

Thursday, June 11, 2020 Education Upended, We're Back! Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of "A Better Normal — Education Upended". We bring bring our focus back to the future. Using our breakout session format, we will identify the strategies and lessons learned that we want to bring into the future of school, and ways in which we might do that. How do we create physical and psychological safety, especially in the face of so much uncertainty? What strategies can we use to...

The Power of Discord: Quotes & A Better Normal Community Discussion with the Authors

The brand new book, The Power of Discord: Why the Ups and Downs of Relationships are the Secret to Building Intimacy, Resilience, and Trust was the topic of one of our A Better Normal series discussion last week. We were honored to be joined by the co-authors, Ed Tronick, Ph.D., and Claudia Gold, MD. More about each of the authors and the book can be found here and this A Better Normal community discussion is below. Selected q uotes from the book are below: FROM MANAGING TO LISTENING “...I...

A Better Normal, Tuesday, June 9th at Noon PDT: Racial Trauma & How to be Anti-Racist

Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of A Better Normal, our ongoing series in which we envision the future as trauma-informed. Protests and riots across the country--and even worldwide--are making it impossible to ignore the racial trauma of police brutality and historical trauma embedded within our society. Many of us are grappling with complex feelings of helplessness and righteous anger. In response to this pandemic of racism in America, "A Better Normal" will hold space...

Dr. Tian Dayton: 'A Better Normal' community discussion on 4.7.20 Zoom

This week, we're hosting 'A Better Normal' discussions on Tuesday, April 7; Thursday, April 9; and Friday, April 10, 2020....12 pm PT/ 1 pm MT/ 2 pm CT/ 3 pm ET. Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Therapist and author Dr. Tian Dayton, who first started writing about ACEs science more than 20 years ago, will address grief and maintaining emotional sobriety during COVID-19. (See more about Dayton below.) Alison Cebula, Northeastern regional community facilitator, and Carey Sipp, Southeast community...

Another "A Better Normal" Community Discussion Series-Health Equity

In the thirteenth installation of the " A Better Normal " community discussion series, ACEs Connection facilitated a conversation focused on health inequity as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic . This discussion featured myself and ACEs Connection member Joshunda Sanders and highlighted the role of racism, historical trauma and poverty when it comes to the impact of this pandemic on African Americans and other vulnerable populations. In this session our guests were Sarah Bounse with...

Catch Up on Our "A Better Normal" Series While We Take a Break This Week

When shelter-in-place orders first took effect in early March, I was just recovering from 3 days serious fever and chills (no tests available at that time so we'll never know if it was "a" virus or "the" virus). I went to bed on March 12th with an upset stomach and I woke up on March 15 to find that all sports games, concerts, events, and gatherings were being canceled, flights to Europe were now a no-go, coronavirus infection rates around the world were skyrocketing, and and schools and...

A "Better Normal" community discussion series - Education Upended, continued May 21, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Education Upended, continued. New time this week only, 10-11am PST Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of "A Better Normal — Education Upended". We bring bring our focus back to the future. Using our breakout session format, we will identify the strategies and lessons learned that we want to bring into the future of school, and ways in which we might do that. How do we create physical and psychological safety, especially in the face of so much...

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