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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) refers to a set of traumatic experiences that many people face in childhood. This trauma can impact how children perform in the classroom as well as have lifelong adverse health effects.
Brain-aligned strategies are meant to address the three domains of compassionate schools that promote the social, emotional, and mental health of our students, move us towards prevention, and are critical to academic achievement. The three domains are safety/connection & assurance, self-regulation, and self-competency.
Refers to the general field of academic and scientific study of how the brain learns. Within this discipline we understand how stress affects the brain’s ability to process information and how to create and design instruction and engagement strategies so that we are addressing the critical emotional, social, and cognitive developmental stages in every classroom.
Resiliency is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant stress. It is the counterbalance of trauma. Resilient school staff and students lead to resilient and thriving families, and communities.
School Health Assessment & Performance Evaluation System (SHAPE)
SHAPE is a free, web-based, interactive system designed to integrate students’ social, emotional, and mental health supports into existing school quality improvement plans, initiatives, and frameworks, such as PBIS and MTSS, and to improve school mental health accountability, excellence, & sustainability. https://theshapesystem.com/
School Mental Health
Growth, learning and development in all domains happen in many environments and, for most of the population, in schools. Fostering mental health in schools leads to an environment that supports the development of the whole child and helps them grow into productive and successful adults.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel empathy for others, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Teaching Students About Their Brains
Teaching students about their own neuro-anatomy empowers them, gives them insight into their own stress responses, and enhances the use of other brain-aligned strategies. This topic page provides easy to use resources to do so.
Trauma, Stress, and Learning
For students, trauma is when a stressful event(s) has overwhelmed and compromised their health and welfare, including their ability to self-regulate and learn due to the fact that the stress load can impact thinking, behavior, and learning at every level.