Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences

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, homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, or parent incarceration. These students often enter school with behaviors that don’t blend well with the typical school environment. How can a school community come together and work as a whole to establish a healthy social-emotional climate for students and the staff who support them? This workbook-style resource shows K-12 educators how to make a whole-school change, where strategies are integrated from curb to classroom.

Readers will learn how to integrate trauma-informed strategies into daily instructional practice through expanded focus on:

  • The different experiences and unique challenges of students impacted by ACEs in urban, suburban, and rural schools, 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 through a read, reflect, and respond model.

Let this book be the tool that helps your teams move students away from the school-to-prison pipeline and toward a life rich with educational and career choices.

By : Victoria E. Romero, Ricky Robertson and Amber Nicole Warner. 2018. 248 page. ISBN: 978-1-54431-941-4. #S6317.