There is nothing more motivating for teachers and school support staff than identifying ways they can reach students. That is happening statewide as the Illinois Education Association, with 135,000 union members, addresses the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the ability of students to learn. New brain research proves ACEs, recurring experiences [...]
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Over 350 educators, health care professionals and community leaders attended "Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child" conferences sponsored by the Partnership for Resilience and the Illinois Education Association on June 20, 21, and 22. Dr. Sandra Bloom of Drexel University and Sameer Vohra, MD of SIU Medicine gave the keynotes and 15 presentations covering [...]
When students are healthy, safe, supported, engaged and challenged, they are able to learn to the best of their ability. Becoming “trauma-informed” is one key aspect of creating such learning environments. This conference explores the myriad ways schools, health providers and communities can partner to provide students with primary care resources, encourage resiliency in the [...]
Dalyn Drown, Principal of Burr Oak School and Burr Oak Academy, and Brenda Bannor, the PfR’s health care consultant, presented the Partnership’s school-based health care work to 40 people attending the EverThrive conference on April 6, 2017. EverThrive is a non-profit organization that works to improve the health of women, children, and families over their [...]
Schools across the United States are becoming aware of how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the toxic stress they cause impact student behavior and learning. "Trauma-sensitive schools" are organized to build the capacity of teachers, administrators, and support staff to reach and teach students impacted by ACESs. One-day conferences were held to provide participants with [...]