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Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute - ACEs Connection (KS)

Kansas ACEs Connection is dedicated to connecting and supporting organizations, systems, and communities who are interested in better understanding the prevalence of ACEs and trauma, recognizing the impact that these have on individual and organizational health, and developing policies and practices that promote resiliency and healing.

March 2019

Helping Students Overcome Toxic Stress through Science-Based Teaching Practices (

“What our students really crave the most is predictability from the adults interacting with them,” says Roger Sapp, a student success teacher at KIPP. For that reason, the one-on-one session is not a reward for being “good” or withheld if something bad happens. The kids who need it can count on it – every day. The scene is from a video by Edutopia (aka the George Lucas Educational Foundation), which has produced a series of more than 20 powerful, engaging shorts on how children learn in...

Building Resilience - A Kansas PreventionTalKS Podcast

Building individual and community resilience is a cornerstone to most community coalition efforts - whether you are working to prevent substance use and abuse, addressing social and health disparities, or creating healthy environments for people to live, work, play, and pray. In this month's installment of their monthly Kansas Prevention TalKS podcast, our friends and partners at the Kansas Prevention Collaborative kindly invited me to talk more about what "resilience" means and what it...

Alive and Well Communities Launch #AliveAndWellFor5

Alive and Well For 5 is a campaign designed to create a common understanding about the healing power of self-care. Alive and Well understands that self-care is an essential strategy in building community and organizational well-being. On May 15 at 10:15 a.m. CST and throughout the day, everyone participating in the campaign will take a brief 5-minute pause wherever they are, to practice personal self-care, looking inward to move forward. We all have the opportunity to help ease the impacts...

Too many emails? Here's how to adjust your settings!

We are so excited that so many of you have decided to become our Kansas ACEs Connection Community! We are in the process of building our resource library and, well, that means you might be getting lots of emails about that! (And, frankly, we all have too many emails already!) Here's how to manage your notifications: Go to your Member Profile and select Notifications Choose the Community Site Notifications Tab If you are a member of multiple communities, choose Kansas ACEs Connection from the...

Elementary School Principal Reads Books on Facebook to Ensure Bedtime Stories

Reading aloud to (and with) children is a wonderful way to build not only literacy skills, but relationships. This article from the Washington Post highlights an elementary school principal in Texas who builds relationships with her students - and their families - by snuggling up in her PJs to read a bedtime story to her students once a week via Facebook Live. To quote Dr. Bruce Perry, "“The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive.

Share your community or organization story!

As we build this site, we will share stories of the organizations and communities that we are honored to support on their journeys to become more trauma-informed and trauma-responsive. However, we know there are many out there we have yet to meet! We would love to hear what is happening in your community or organization to prevent and respond to toxic stress and create more resilient places to live, work, and play! Send us a blog post, resource to share, or just "Ask the Community" - we are...

Windows of Opportunity

When we provide training about reducing ACEs and building community resilience, many of our partners say "That's great, but what can I do?". Our neighbors in Oklahoma have some suggestions for "Windows of Opportunity" in this ACEs Connection blog post . (

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