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Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole-Staff Approach / Edition 1

Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole-Staff Approach / Edition 1

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Use trauma-informed strategies to give students the skills and support they need to succeed in school and life

Nearly half of all children have been exposed to at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), such as poverty, divorce, neglect, substance abuse, or parent incarceration. This workbook-style resource shows K-12 educators how to integrate trauma-informed strategies into daily instructional practice through expanded focus on:

  • The experiences and challenges of students impacted by ACEs, including suicidal tendencies, cyberbullying, and drugs
  • Behavior as a form of communication and how to explicitly teach new behaviors
  • How to mitigate trauma and build innate resiliency

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544319414
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 06/25/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 177,192
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Victoria E. Romero taught elementary students in one suburban and two urban school districts; significantly improved the academic standing of two schools as a principal; and coached administrators, directors, and school leadership teams for sustainable school improvement in five school districts. She facilitates professional development for K-12 teachers on classroom strategies that promote student academic success, infuse multiple perspectives into regular curriculum, and establish classroom management systems that promote autonomy, positive well-being, and resiliency.

Victoria co-authored the Reflection Guide for the third edition of Gary Howard's book, We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know. She also coordinated two teams of science teachers, one in the US and the other in the country of Namibia.

She is currently a consultant for Corwin Press, working once again with her colleague, Gary Howard, bringing his Deep Equity process to school districts around the country.

Ricky Robertson has had the privilege to work with students from pre-K to 12th grade who have persevered in the face of adverse experiences and trauma. Drawing from experience as a teacher and Behavior Intervention Specialist, Ricky coaches educators in developing a relationship-based approach to teaching and learning that inspires transformation through compassion, humor, deep listening, and "real talk.”

Amber N. Warner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with over 20 years of experience. She has had the privilege of serving as a community outreach case manager (4 years), school social worker (8 years), medical social worker (5 years) , and behavioral health therapist (3 years). As a School Social Worker, in addition to her work with children and their families, she was part of the school wide Modern Red School House Leadership Team and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Systems Team. She facilitated K-6 monthly classroom discussions utilizing Second Step and Character Counts curriculums.

In 2011 Amber worked in healthcare and part of the organization’s leadership team, she was introduced to the work of Dr. Bryan Sexton on healthcare providers’ staggering burnout rates and the healing proponents of Positive Psychology. A new passion and interest developed for her. She became a Certified Duke Patient Safety Officer in 2013 at Duke University’s Patient Safety Center.
Amber has also studied under the direction of Dr. David Burns, leading Psychiatrist, and adjunct professor at Stanford University and the developer of TEAM a new form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety. She has achieved Level 2 TEAM certification from the Feeling Good Institute.
She has a certification from the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth in Trauma-Informed Care.

Most of all, Amber has a passion for people, their wellness, and quality of life. She currently resides in California. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, Inferno Pilates, learning new things, traveling, community service, attending church, and an occasional new pair of shoes.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gary R. Howard
About the Authors
Chapter 1 ACEs and the New Normal
ACEs Are an Equal Opportunity Occurrence
Lost in Translation
The New Normal
Chapter 2 Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Helping Others
Burnout or Compassion Fatigue?
The New Normal: A Case Study Intervention
Self-Care Is an Ethical Imperative
Chapter 3 It’s Easy to Have High Expectations—Hard to Grow a New Mindset
Knowing Myself Precedes Teaching Students
Knowing My Students and Knowing Pedagogy-Growing Mindset
Knowing My Strengths, Knowing the Strengths of My Students Fosters Resiliency
“I Can’t Learn From You Because You’re White”
Progress Not Perfection
Knowing Myself and Responding to Change Are About Self-Care
Knowing Myself Matters—Because When Negative Bias Shows Up, Students Are Miseducated
Good Teaching Is Not Enough—The New Normal Warrants Transformationist Teaching
Chapter 4 The Effects of Trauma on the Brain
Acknowledging That Trauma Is Sitting in the Classroom Is Transformational Teaching
ACEs and Learning
ACEs and Behavior
Trauma Has Many Forms
If I Knew Then What I Know Now
Chapter 5 Teaching Behaviors, Differentiating Interventions, Changing Pedagogy
Relationships Precede Learning
Talk, Trust, Feel, Repair
Schools and Classrooms Have a Culture and Culture Is Learned
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Looking at Behavior Management Through a Trauma-Informed Lens
Change Is Hard and Leadership Matters
Talk, Trust, Feel, Repair: My Rookie Year
Schools Are Ideal for Social Working
Chapter 6 Plan With the End in Mind: Visioning a Compassionate School
The Innovative School District Pre K–12th Grades
SEL Data Team/Self-Assessment Checklist
Case Study: ISD’s Response to Behavior Interventions
Changing Positions to Change Lives
What Does It Mean to Work in a Trauma-Informed School or School District?
Chapter 7 From Theory to Practice: Transformationist Actions Convert ACEs to Aces
Transformationist Schools and School Districts
Transformationist Instructional Staff
Transformationist School Counselors and School-Based Social Workers
Transformationist School Psychologists and School Nurses
Transformationist Support Staff (Office, Cafeteria, Custodial, Bus Drivers)
Chapter 8 The Process, the Plan, the Transformation
The Process
Step 1: Assessing Capacity
Step 2: Building Capacity
Step 3: Implementation
Step 4: Evaluating Program Effectiveness
Where Is Our Sense of Urgency?
The Plan: Implementation Guide to Transformation
Evaluation and Planning
Chapter 9 In Their Own Words
Antwone Fisher
Cleressa Brown
Conor Black
Maria Gonzales
The Salomon Martinez Family
Additional Reading and Resources
Glossary of Terms

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