This module focuses on the lasting impacts a child can experience as a result of exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) or trauma. ACEs can alter a child’s development, ability to learn, and control their emotions. Schools that observe students through a trauma lens and use strategies that support all stakeholders have an opportunity to disrupt these negative impacts. The learning outcomes include:

  • Define trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Identify the prevalence of childhood trauma and its impact on brain development, learning, behavior, and relationships
  • Understand the connections between risk factors, protective factors, and resilience
  • Explain the sequence of engagement
  • Recall classroom and school-wide trauma-informed practices that support all students