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Education Transformations - Providing Soc/Emot Training to Schools & More

Carla Swan Gerstein ·
Education Transformations is a company that works with districts, schools, teachers, and other organizations to improve Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and what we call Relational Competency. We are San Diego, CA based, but can travel.
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FREE MASTER CLASS FOR EDUCATORS:

Julia Rose Polk ·
FREE MASTER CLASS FOR EDUCATORS: "The Top 10 Truths Every Teacher Needs to Know About Trauma" This 60-minute Master Class is an opportunity for teachers to take their FIRST STEP into becoming "trauma-informed." Learn how trauma impacts your students' brains, bodies and behavior, and the approaches that can make your job easier and less overwhelming! TUESDAY, May 7th @1pm (PST) - ONLINE Certificate of Attendance available for attendees Link for Deets: https://www.traumacamp.com/masterclass...
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25 WAYS TO SAVE TIME & TAKE LESS WORK HOME (teach4theheart.com)

Alfredo Leano ·
"So many teachers take home loads of work each night, yet others somehow find themselves going home empty-handed. What’s the difference? While you may be tempted to say this is due to laziness or a lack of effort (which, unfortunately, is sometimes the case), that’s not always true. Some teachers have really learned the art of being ultra-efficient while they’re at work…..so they can take less home." "6. Focus on efficiency, not speed. If you’re anything like me, when you try to rush &...
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ACEs Validated My Teaching Experience

Bronwyn Harris ·
When I first heard about the CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study , it felt like a light bulb had actually gone on. Finally, FINALLY, someone was validating what I saw every single day teaching in East Oakland. For eight years, I taught at an elementary school in the most violent part of Oakland , the part that the police called the “Killing Zone.” The kids in my class had seen friends, neighbors, and family members shot or stabbed, and routinely hid in bathrooms and closets when gang fights...
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Secondary Traumatic Stress for Educators: Understanding and Mitigating the Effects [KQED]

Mai Le ·
By Jessica Lander Roughly half of American school children have experienced at least some form of trauma — from neglect, to abuse, to violence. In response, educators often find themselves having to take on the role of counselors, supporting the emotional healing of their students, not just their academic growth. With this evolving role comes an increasing need to understand and address the ways in which student trauma affects our education professionals. In a growing number of professions,...
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Sharing a Post from The Trauma Informed Teacher – Silent Front Line

Robin M Cogan ·
Here is a link to one of the best articles I have read about trauma-informed teaching in a long time! The Trauma Informed Teacher – Silent Front Line
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Teacher's Guide to Trauma

Melissa Sadin ·
This excellent book is part story and part 20-step manual for creating trauma informed schools and classrooms. I have had the honor and challenge of raising a traumatized child. In addition, I have spent my career in education, as a special education teacher, principal of a public school, principal of an alternative placement school for children with behavioral challenges, and currently as a special education director, confronted with the challenges of educating children with trauma...
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[Indiana] Teachers’ group wants mandatory kindergarten, trauma-informed care [wishtv.com]

Laura Pinhey ·
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana State Teachers Association published its 2018 legislative priority list Thursday, calling on lawmakers to make big changes for Hoosier students and schools next year. The ISTA has 16 wishes for the new year ranging from changing teacher qualifying exams to making kindergarten mandatory. “We are often accused of complaining about a lot of things but never offering solutions,” ISTA President Teresa Meredith said. “We have really been cognizant of solutions. We...
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[Indiana] Teachers, social workers address child trauma in schools [wishtv.com]

Laura Pinhey ·
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana teachers and mental health experts are advocating for communities to implement mental health programs emphasizing a method called “trauma-informed care” inside schools. “Trauma-informed care started from something called the ‘Adverse Childhood Experience Survey,’ and it shows that childhood experiences affect behavior,” said Stephanie Shene, communications coordinator for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). “Instead of ‘kids act badly,’ some...
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Is your school a buffer zone against toxic stress?

Dr. Bukola Ogunkua ·
The challenge of the fast pace and the strain of living in the 21 st century is the chronic stress of keeping up with volume of information, expectations and adverse experiences that leads to stressors of daily living. Adults have become good at adjusting to and compartmentalizing these stressors. Children and adolescents however are struggling to keep up and are in fact caving under the weight of the stresses. In addition, many children lack adequate nurturing and supports needed to give...
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It's More Than Pay: Striking Teachers Demand Counselors and Nurses [nytimes.com]

By Dana Goldstein, The New York Times, October 24, 2019 In a typical week, Adrienne Vaccarezza-Isla, a school counselor in Chicago, might help a dozen eighth graders apply to high schools across the city. Or try to convince a mother that her daughter, who had seen her get shot years earlier, should join a group for students dealing with trauma. Or work with sixth and seventh graders on time management. Even though she is the only counselor for 650 children at Avondale-Logandale Elementary...
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It's Tricky

Martha Merchant ·
Use your words. It seems like such a friendly, gentle reminder. And it would make grown up lives so much easier if kids would just say what they want! Except what if they a) don’t know the right words or b) don’t know what they want? I walked up on an educator (let’s call them G) and a small child in the hallway. I could see the child had been crying, and was now stomping their feet and making sounds with their mouth, something like, “Uh uh uh uh uhhhh!” G, who was kneeling down on the...
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Learn to shine bright- the importance of self care for teachers. | Kelly Hopkinson | TEDxNorwichED

Alfredo Leano ·
"Self-care is proving to be difficult to master and weave into our teachers frantic lives. As human beings we must prioritise our own well-being and as teachers as well we can begin to place the same emphasis on staff well-being in our schools as we do for the mental health of the children we teach. Self-care starts with you and small acts every single day. Imagine connecting to and feeling the magic you work so hard to create in the classroom and in your life. Imagine the impact on those...
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Little Things Matter More than We Realize

Karen Gross ·
Here is a link to a piece on how the small things teachers and coaches do (often unintentionally) affect us negatively for decades. Solutions and suggestions offered. We need to ponder more the message we get too from children's games. Their affect, like the affect of teachers and coaches and other educators, cannot be ignored. https://medium.com/@KarenGrossEdu/sadly-we-remember-the-bad-stuff-teachers-said-and-did-when-we-were-young-94d20e8d5b97
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Mich. Kids are Going to School Traumatized - and Teachers Lack Training, Resources to Help [freep.com]

By Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, December 15, 2019 One wintry Tuesday morning, as Tavia Redmond welcomed her third-grade students to class, she asked young Michael why he had missed school the day before. “He told me that the reason he wasn’t here was because he was dead,” she recalled. “I said, ‘Well, you couldn’t have been dead and be back today.’ He said: ‘I was dead. I died over the weekend.’ ” Later, Redmond learned that Michael's older brother had tried to kill himself — again.
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California rural education network launches to help isolated teachers share resources [EdSource.org]

Anna Bauer ·
California rural education network launches to help isolated teachers share resources https://edsource.org/2018/cali...are-resources/603083
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Closing the Empathy Gap in Education

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray ·
In the Hechinger Report, Amanda Wahlstedt wrote about the empathy gap she experienced as a poor student with a disconnected privileged teacher. She wrote: As a young girl in rural southeastern Kentucky, I remember distinctly hearing my teacher talk about “first of the month-ers,” or people who were out and in the grocery stores at the first of the month, typically with shopping “buggies” overloaded with preserved food. When I looked around the classroom I noticed many of my friends either...
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The hidden dangers of caring about your career too much (qz.com)

Alfredo Leano ·
"People who feel called to their careers, according to these researchers, have a passion for the work, a sense of obligation or moral duty to do it, and the need to make a positive social difference. This attitude makes for incredibly valuable employees—but their passion for their work also means that they are easy to take advantage of. " "Between 40-50% of new teachers will leave the teaching profession by their fifth year of service. Teachers who leave the profession cite many different...
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Holiday Stress, Self Care and Mirror Neurons

Josh MacNeill ·
With Thanksgiving behind us, and the new year looming ahead, we are clearly in the midst of the holiday season. It is easy to focus on our students and their behavior this time of year. However, I would like to turn the focus back on us: the educators, caregivers and administrators. Though it is likely for different reasons than our students, many of us find the holidays to be a rather stressful time. You may be hosting, cooking, traveling, shopping, wrapping, financially strained,...
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Houston Teachers Drafted to Become Trauma Counselors [dailybeast.com]

Laura Pinhey ·
As Houston ’s school district of more than 200,000 students scrambles to repair damaged schools before classes begin next week, they must also plan for traumatized students to enter the classroom. The Houston Independent School District is in the process of working with counsellors, nurses and social workers to develop a “mental health recovery plan” for the district’s hardest hit schools, according to a statement from HISD. In the meantime, Mental Health America of Greater Houston and...
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Trauma-Informed Classrooms: Choices

Alexandra Murtaugh ·
One thing that is common among many traumatic events is a complete lack of choices. When a person feels like they do not have a choice or control, it can be triggering and cause the negative emotions that the person ties to the original trauma. While you can do a lot relationally with how you interact with your students, you can also set up your physical space with choices in mind. As you think about choices in your classroom, here are a couple of options you may want to consider. First of...
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Trauma-Informed Classrooms: Educator Self-Care

Alexandra Murtaugh ·
Working in a school is hard. It doesn’t matter if you work in a suburban, urban, or rural area. It doesn’t matter if you work with 5 year-olds on building empathy, teach 11 year-olds about symbiosis, coach teachers in aligning curriculum, or help high school seniors choose their postsecondary pathways. It is hard work. From the cacophony of lockers closing at dismissal, to the challenge of getting 25 sets of 8 year-old eyes looking at you in synchrony, schools are a special kind of organized...
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Trauma-Informed Instruction: The Regulated Classroom

Emily Read Daniels ·
When educators learn about the devastating impact of ACES and toxic stress on a child's developing body, brain, and behavior, they often remark, "well, now what?" In this interactive workshop, participants learn to create a classroom that generates psychological safety and invites emotional and behavioral regulation via the nervous system. Co-presented with a seasoned educator, participants take a deep dive into a regulated learning environment; and they learn by doing. Participants will...
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Trauma Informed Schools—An Essential for Student & Staff Success, Part 3: The Holistic Approach

In the first two parts of this series ( part one , part two ), we talk about the implications of trauma and student behavior and how to create a trauma informed school. The success of creating a trauma informed school weighs heavily on the school and community embracing the holistic approach. At Los Angeles Education Partnership, we achieve this through our Community School model. As former teachers, we are aware that the more we pile on our teachers, the less effective the approach becomes.
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Using Creative Expression to build SEL skills in Elementary-aged Kids

Heidi Durham ·
For over twenty years, Art with Heart has been spreading the healing power of creative expression to kids experiencing trauma or adversity. Our therapeutic activity books for youth, and resources for the adults who serve them transform pain into possibility for young people around the world. Now in our third decade, we’ll reach 3.5 million more kids through our innovative online learning community and through collaboration with many personal, unique partnerships. Join certified trainer Lulu...
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What Happened to Eric and Josh? Lessons From ‘Resilience’ on Achieving a Whole-Child Focus in Educator Preparation [EdPrepMatters.net]

Robert Johnston ·
Sandra M. Chafouleas, a professor in the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education, reflects on the film "Resilience" and how it can help encourage new and veteran educators to use a "whole-child" lens to support students and their families.
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What's Missing ?

Daun Kauffman ·
What's Missing ?   "Education Reform" is primarily a systemic concept, oblivious to children, and treading on justice issues.   http:// lucidwitness.com/2014/09/25/wha ts-missing-3/  
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When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too [edutopia.com]

Laura Pinhey ·
Alysia Ferguson Garcia remembers the day two years ago that ended in her making a call to Child Protective Services. One of her students walked into drama class with what Garcia thought of as a “bad attitude” and refused to participate in a script reading. “I don’t care if you’ve had a bad day,” Garcia remembers saying in frustration. “You still have to do some work.” In the middle of class, the student offered an explanation for her behavior: Her mom’s boyfriend had been sexually abusing...
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When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too (www.edutopia.org)

Alfredo Leano ·
"Data shows that more than half of all U.S. children have experienced some kind of trauma in the form of abuse, neglect, violence, or challenging household circumstances—and 35 percent of children have experienced more than one type of traumatic event, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)." "“Being a teacher is a stressful enough job, but teachers are now responsible for a lot more things than just providing education,” says LeAnn Keck, a manager at Trauma Smart...
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When Teachers Can’t Afford to Live in Their District: New Analysis Shows Skyrocketing Housing Costs Clashing With Stagnant Salaries [the74million.org]

Alicia Doktor ·
Teachers across the country are being priced out of local housing markets by low pay, according to a new analysis of 124 of America’s largest districts by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Three key findings: In 80 percent of the districts analyzed, a teacher with a master’s degree and five years of experience cannot comfortably afford a mortgage. More than a quarter of new teachers cannot afford to rent one-bedroom apartments where they work. Teachers must save for an average of 10...
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Why and How Teachers Can Become Better Prepared for Trauma in Schools

Karen Gross ·
Below is the text of an article appearing in Forest of the Rain Productions with a special thanks to Dr. Michael Robinson. Link to piece is: https://forestoftheraineducation.weebly.com/we-donrsquot-teach-educators-enough-about-trauma-we-should-do-more-karen-gross.html TEXT: Hardly a week goes by without some trauma in the US. Some events are nature made; some are human-made. There appear to be fewer and fewer “safe” places and spaces. The usually “safe” places – schools, universities,...
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How Can We Make South Florida Schools Trauma Informed?

Natalia Garceau ·
Let's Make South Florida Schools Trauma Informed by Endorsing TIS Leaders! This is Natalia Garceau from Broward County, FL. Last February, in Washington, DC, l met so many wonderful, caring educators from all over the United States and abroad at the first ATN Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools. Sadly, I was the only person from South Florida, and I was not sent to DC by my school district. I came there on my own to learn newest strategies of how to help traumatized children...
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Organizations that Support Training Teachers

Jennifer Schnupp ·
Hi! Does anyone know of any organizations that specifically train teachers and school leaders about the impact adversity has on child development and learning? Thank you!
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Teachers ACEs Score and perception of discipline practices

Alma McKenry ·
Hello, I’m new to the Ace Connection. I’m excited to be a member. Question: I am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education Administration. I would like to do my master’s thesis’s on teachers’ personal ACE score and their perception of discipline practices in schools. Does anyone know of research that addresses these issues (or something similiar)? Thanks in advance!
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Teachers - Share your stories!

Flo Griffin ·
The California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators is looking for teachers to interview for their teacher-focused Professional Development this summer. They plan to host an online conference on September 15 (with pre-recorded mini-lectures and interviews) entitled, "Educational Justice: Turning Policy into Practice" with a focus on student equity and social justice. I did a training for them in March on ACEs, so this would be a great opportunity for some of the...
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Re: Education Transformations - Providing Soc/Emot Training to Schools & More

Hi, Carla: Thanks for posting information about your services. I, too, saw the article about the benefits of teachers learning about SEL. One question: Have you integrated ACEs science into your curriculum? Cheers, Jane
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Re: Education Transformations - Providing Soc/Emot Training to Schools & More

Carla Swan Gerstein ·
Hi Jane, thanks for your interest. While Ed Trans is relatively new to the ACEs concepts, so we have not integrated their science in directly, indirectly we feel our curriculum supports children in working through some of these, through our person centered foundational approach, which elicits empathy, authenticity and non-judgement.
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Re: Education Transformations - Providing Soc/Emot Training to Schools & More

Monica Lopez ·
Wonderful and exciting to hear that this is being implemented! Working with at risk and homeless youth, they lack the tools necessary to be socially accepted by their peers, to begin with. So, if the staff, teachers and students have the tools to be socially and cognitively conscious about how they treat others' our kids will have a better chance at succeeding in a system that sometimes turn them into outcasts. Regards, Monica
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Re: Education Transformations - Providing Soc/Emot Training to Schools & More

Carla Swan Gerstein ·
Exactly Monica!! However it is not being implemented much yet. It is available though. Money and time issues seem to still prevail over its priority, unfortunately.
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Re: Education Transformations - Providing Soc/Emot Training to Schools & More

And it's critical that education about ACEs science be included in any curriculum, so that teachers, administrators, etc., have a complete understanding of why kids and adults behave and react the way they do! We figure that there are several hundred schools that are learning about ACEs science and are integrating trauma-informed and resilience-building tools, such as SEL and restorative practice. It's definitely a drop in the bucket, but it's a trend that's growing rapidly.
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Re: Sharing a Post from The Trauma Informed Teacher – Silent Front Line

Janet Rowse ·
I agree! Thank you for sharing.
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Re: Organizations that Support Training Teachers

Jessie Graham ·
Hi Jennifer, I provide individual and group coaching and training and am very Trauma Informed! I am happy to support you from wherever you are. I believe the training and awareness starts with "us". Please feel free to contact me at jessiegrahamcoach@gmail.com or www.JessieGrahamCoach.com and you can set up a time to speak with me directly. I look forward to hearing from you, Jessie
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Re: Trauma-Informed Instruction: The Regulated Classroom

Brenda Yuen ·
Emily, I LOVE what you are offering! Do you only schedule training and workshops in Hancock NH? Would love to see this offered here in Maryland -- we have many public school systems who are working toward trauma-informed schools.
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Re: Trauma-Informed Instruction: The Regulated Classroom

Emily Read Daniels ·
Hi Brenda! Thank you so much for your comment! I travel and offer trainings anywhere in the country. Let's talk more. I can be reached at Emily@herethisnow.org or 603-525-4443. I would absolutely consider offering a training in your neck of the woods if you thought there was sufficient interest. Cheers, Emily
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Re: [Indiana] Teachers’ group wants mandatory kindergarten, trauma-informed care [wishtv.com]

Jim Sporleder ·
Thanks for sharing, Indiana is building momentum around Trauma-informed schools, and communities. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing educators and community leaders who are committed to implementing trauma-informed practices into their daily routine.
 
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