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My dissertation was on Teacher Efficacy and working with children in poverty.  It was a qualitative study.  I wish I had known about the ACEs screener when I was doing my research because I would have loved to have included that information.  One of my findings was that lower levels of teacher efficacy were correlated with disruptive student behavior.   The student behavior was included in a larger umbrella term of working conditions.  Being a former teacher and elementary principal in high poverty schools in Michigan I have found that the burden put on our teachers, (who are trained to teach curriculum and are not social workers or nurses) has significantly and negatively effected our teacher ranks.  Most teachers today stay in the profession no more than four-five years and because the pay is so low, we haven't been recruiting from the highest performing college students.  Young teachers, especially those working with children in poverty get a bit of shell-shock when they start in their own classrooms.  These young professionals are quickly overwhelmed and then not provided with meaningful supports because of budgetary restrictions but also because the onus has been placed on our teachers to 'handle' student behavior issues without sufficient, (if any) support from healthcare staff.   I would be happy to get more specific information for you if you would like.  This topic is near and dear to me.  Good luck!

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