Summit: Oklahoma’s youngest, most vulnerable children suffer more trauma than those in any other state in the nation [tulsaworld.com]

 

State leaders in education, criminal justice and health came together Tuesday to begin to confront an alarming, new statistic: Oklahoma’s youngest, most vulnerable children suffer more trauma than those in any other state in the nation.

A summit titled, “It Starts Here: Trauma-Informed Instruction,” brought thousands of educators from across the state to hear from national experts on childhood trauma and what brain science reveals about what teachers can do to help students both learn more effectively and heal.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said old-fashioned, “authoritarian” approaches to behavior issues are totally ineffective in reaching today’s school-age population because it includes hundreds of thousands of children struggling with the effects of abuse, neglect, broken homes and the nation’s leading rate of incarcerated parents.

[For more on this story by Andrea Ege, go to https://www.tulsaworld.com/hom...7b-9a16d7f6ca8e.html]

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