Integrating education, health, and community to support the whole child.

The Partnership for Resilience grew out of the “Southland Education and Health Initiative” a cross-sector effort to address childhood trauma, access to primary care and family engagement in the southern suburbs of Cook County, Illinois.

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Part One: An Introduction – Southland Education and Health Initiative

Part one in a new series highlighting the emerging work of the Southland Initiative, which focuses on the damaging effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It wasn’t until a backyard barbecue that siblings Audrey and David Soglin realized they had been grappling with the same problem independently for years. Their collaboration would form a unique connection between healthcare and education, and the initiative has grown to include several key partners from across the state. At the center of the initiative are three areas of focus: primary care, psychological & emotional health and parent support & education.

Part Two: A Journey Towards Trauma-Informed Schools

Learn how the Partnership for Resilience, originally known as the “Southland Education and Health Initiative,” is working with teachers, administrators, and health care professionals to meet the needs of students impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This second installment of a series shows how dedicated and caring educators in Calumet Park School District 132 boosted parent engagement, expanded dental care for students, and moved toward becoming “trauma-informed.” In schools where 90% of students are low-income, out of school suspensions were reduced significantly, expulsions eliminated, and strong connections forged between teachers, administrators, union leaders, and students.

Getting to All Means All: Helping Students in Poverty Succeed in School

As currently constituted, schools alone aren’t capable of doing the job society has asked them to do. Academic achievement remains highly correlated with socio-economic income, despite decades of education reform. Paul Reville, founder of the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, discussed these challenges and strategies for reform during the Partnership for Resilience conference at Governors State University in June of 2016. With over half of all public school students now classified as low-income, Reville shares what is needed to create a new “education engine” capable of making “all means all” in academic achievement a reality.

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Guest View: Helping students deal with trauma

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 that create such trauma that the brain literally changes, lead to behaviors such as fighting, fleeing or shutting down. Read the full story

Partnership Holds Successful Conferences in Palatine, University Park, and Carterville

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 a host of topics were offered.  The presentations can be viewed here. Thanks to the sponsors who made the conference possible, including