Adverse Childhood Experiences

All SEL Should Be Trauma-Informed

Summary:  This article makes the case that all students could be the subject of traumatic events and the SEL programs should take this into consideration.  The authors suggest three key areas to consider when building SEL programs to address the needs of all students, including those experiencing trauma. Source:  Erica Pawlo, Ava Lorenzo, Brian Eichert, and Maurice J. …

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Understanding Trauma-Informed Education

Summary:  This article is written by a principal of an acclaimed Trauma-Informed school.  He describes what trauma-informed education is and what it isn’t.  He offers six misconceptions about trauma-informed education and the reality behind each of these misconceptions. Source:  Mathew Portell, Edutopia, December 16, 2019 Description:  “ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) have made their way into …

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The Role of Emotion Co-Regulation in Discipline

Summary:  This article focuses on the importance of using SEL skills when dealing with behavioral problems – particularly for those students suffering from ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).  The author underscores the importance that “Discipline ideally is not something we do to students—it should be a quality we want to develop within them.” Source:  Lori Desautels, Edutopia, October 15, 2019 …

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Study Ties Pre-K Bullying to Childhood Depression

Summary:  This article reports on a research study of 198 2- and 3-year-old Canadian students, who were primarily white and middle-class, that finds preschool children who both bully and are themselves bullied are most likely to show signs of childhood depression, which can appear as early as age 3 and increases the risk of depression …

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Teaching Students How to Deal With Stress

Summary:  This article provides strategies to help upper elementary and middle school kids who have experienced trauma understand and control their emotions.   Source:  Laurie DeSautels, Edutopia, December 3, 2018 Description:  “When people feel stressed because of toxic levels of adversity—such as experiencing or witnessing physical or emotional abuse, or substance abuse—they find it very challenging to …

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Why Principals Need to Make Student Mental Health a Priority

Summary: This article talks about the importance of student mental health and why and how principals can support students in times of need and also in times of tragedy. A three-tiered structure of support is discussed and recommended for implementation in schools. Source: Arianna Prothero, Education Week, October 16, 2018 Categories: Mental Health, School Health, Adverse Childhood Experiences, SEL Basics, School …

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Educators Need Emotional Support, Too

Summary:This article underscores the need to provide supports for educators who are highly stressed and emotionally exhausted from providing academic, emotional and behavioral support to stressed and traumatized students. The article also supports greater funding for more guidance counselors who could ake on some of the burden of dealing with these students. Source:Amelia Harper, Education …

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