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Recent Posts

The Science of Adversity

Children living in poverty often endure stress from adverse experiences, such as exposure to violence, loss of a loved one or homelessness. Unfortunately, most schools aren’t designed to address the impact of stress on learning. Pamela Cantor, M.D., President and CEO of Turnaround for Children explains the science of adversity and how we can use this information to design better learning environments to help all children reach their full potential.

Building Blocks for Learning

Turnaround for Children’s Building Blocks for Learning is a framework for the development of skills children need for success in school and beyond. Each element represents a set of evidence-based skills and mindsets that have been proven by research to strongly correlate to, and even predict, academic achievement. The framework draws from research in multiple fields to suggest movement from lower-order to higher-order skills. Overall, it provides a rigorous perspective on what it means to intentionally teach the whole child – to develop the social, emotional, motivational and cognitive skills in every learner. Turnaround offers the building blocks framework as a contribution to a vital collaborative endeavor to deepen and transform K-12 education.

How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development

The AFWI developed the video with considerable input from our partners at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and the FrameWorks Institute. Using metaphors developed by FrameWorks and tested with audiences both in the US and in Alberta, "How Brains are Built" infuses core story concepts with energy, accessibility, and high fidelity to the science.

Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools

Dr. Mary E. Curtis, director of the Center for Special Education at Lesley University discusses “3 big ideas” in volume 2 of Helping Traumatized Children Learn that influenced Lesley University’s design of a series of trauma and learning graduate courses for educators.

Why We Need Trauma Sensitive Schools

All students need safe and supportive schools. In studies of adults, over 50% reported having traumatic experiences during childhood. Traumatic experiences can impact learning, behavior and relationships at school. Trauma-sensitive schools help ALL children to feel safe to learn. In this video teachers, administrators and support staff give a compelling picture of why we need trauma-sensitive schools.

Being a trauma-sensitive school comes down to establishing a culture of awareness that there are a lot of students who have experienced trauma in their lives and bring that with them into school.

Trauma-sensitivity has to be at the forefront of any instruction if you're going and be successful.

Find out more at www.traumasensitiveschools.org

New Approaches to Youth Violence Prevention in Schools

Violence impacts our youth at home, in the community, and on campus. This NITT multimedia video describes various forms of violence that impact youth and hones in on the evidence-based practices, programs, and policies that ensure students are safe at school.

Repairing our Schools Through Restorative Justice:

Relying on suspensions and zero-tolerance discipline doesn't deter misbehavior in schools--in fact, it makes matters worse. Teacher Jean Klasovsky shares Farragut High School's story, a model for how schools can improve climate and discipline by using restorative justice practices such as peace circles and peer juries. Such practices lead to reduced dropout rates and greater student achievement.

Chad's Story: The Power of Teachers to Reduce Stress of Traumatized Students

The story of Chad shows how a supportive and caring adult can help a child overcome childhood trauma and exposure to violence. Each year, nearly 60% of youth are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities. Recent studies demonstrate how observing violence has a lasting negative impact on a child’s brain and their cognitive development. Over time, exposure to violence during childhood is significantly correlated with negative outcomes such as psychological issues, adverse behavior, and serious illnesses.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Futures Without Violence, and the Ad Council have developed the Changing Minds campaign, as part of the Defending Childhood Initiative, to raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of children’s exposure to violence and the trauma that may result; motivate adults to be more caring, concerned, and supportive figures to the children around them; and support programs and practices that help to make homes, schools, and communities safer for children and youth

One of the biggest predictors of a child’s ability to be resilient in the face of trauma is interacting with a caring adult. Through everyday gestures, any adult in a child’s life can vastly increase that child’s opportunity for success. Learn how your everyday gestures can help a child in your life at ChangingMindsNOW.org.