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In push to expand universal preschool, lessons to be learned from California's class size reduction program [edsource.org]

The rapid rollout of a hugely ambitious plan to reduce elementary school class sizes in California over two decades ago should serve as a cautionary tale for how quickly the state should implement universal preschool, a long-sought-after goal of children’s advocates and their allies in the Legislature. It may also give incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom some cover for not moving aggressively to implement universal preschool, which he said he was committed to on the campaign trail. He articulated...

You Are Not Alone: Trauma-Informed Schools [kentuckynewera.com]

This video segment originally appeared in "Trauma and Toxic Stress," part of the KET series, "You Are Not Alone," a series focused on youth mental health. KET visits Arnett Elementary school in Erlanger, Ky., which is working toward becoming “trauma informed,” to learn more about their efforts to help improve students’ mental and emotional wellbeing. To view the entire series: https://www.ket.org/youth-mental-health/not-alone-series-overview/ Learn more about KET's programs and educational...

The debate over students with disabilities, suspensions and race [hechingerreport.org]

A look at raw numbers of who is most likely to be suspended from school indicates that black students and students with disabilities* are at the top of the list. For example, 23 percent of black students and 18 percent of students with disabilities were suspended from high school during 2011-12 school year, compared with fewer than 7 percent of white students overall. Combine the categories of black and disability with gender and the statistics are even more troubling. Almost 34 percent, or...

Ask the Community

Can Trauma-Informed Mermaids Help Children & Families? (New Kids Book Series)

Dear ACEs in Education Community, We just launched a new trauma-informed children's book series called Venus and Her Fly Trip . The series has been developed in collaboration with therapists, educators, parents and healers and is designed to promote mental/social/emotional health, body positivity and imaginative play in kids 4-10 , with the ultimate goal of preventing self-hatred. We will also be developing an elementary school curriculum to complement the story books. I would greatly value...Read More...

Behavioral Health in Schools

Amy Gorn
Hello--I work for a health foundation in Alaska and our (geographically large) borough is beginning its third cohort of trauma-sensitive schools. With this work and intention, our schools are contracting with local behavioral health providers to offer accessible, onsite services to meet student needs, particularly emergent and episodic. We need to determine a strategic, standardized and sustainable model for the long-term as need and capacity grows in our school district. There are...Read More...
I work at an Early Learning Center that serves Head Start and ECEAP preschool families. We are looking to bring ACES and Resiliency to parents, but want to do so in a way that is strengths-based and does not leave families feeling at a loss for what they can do to move forward from ACES they and their families may have experienced. I have found many resources between this website and some other internet searches, but we are very interested in learning about other organization's experiences...Read More...
Last Reply By Melissa L. McPheeters · First Unread Post

How did the ACEs research and approach win you around?

Hi All. I work for a partnership of charitable foundations in the UK, and we are interested in bringing ACEs awareness and practice into our schools to improve the support for all young people. As part of this work, we would love to hear your thoughts as teachers, educationalists or experts on: What were the barriers in your school/professional environment to working in an ACE-informed way ? How did you overcome these barriers ? What day-to-day changes are you seeing in your work? (either in...Read More...
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