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Research has shown that adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are more common for children in Arkansas than any other place in the nation. Children who have endured one or more ACEs are at a greater risk for health complications as they age, but they are also at a greater risk of struggling in school and social settings. Students with adverse childhood experiences or childhood trauma can benefit immensely from teachers and administrators who work through a trauma-informed lens. Just one caring adult can change a child’s life.

In order to implement trauma-informed practices in schools, we must first change our perspectives surrounding trauma. This course aims to create a paradigm shift in school personnel by discussing the biological ways trauma impacts the brains and bodies of growing students, then increasing understanding and empathy for students who have endured childhood trauma and adversity. It will also compel educators to ask different questions, be curious, and engage with students using a new mindset.

By taking this course, school personnel, counselors, nurses, and administrators can better understand how to lead trauma-informed practices within any school setting. While we learn that being trauma-informed is crucial in leading a successful educational experience, we also discuss just how important it is to take care of yourself. Because having empathy and compassion can be exhausting, this course highlights forms of self-care and self-compassion to ensure that you’re providing a healthy environment for your students.

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What is ArkansasIDEAS?
ArkansasIDEAS (Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas Schools) is a partnership between Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, to provide online, statewide professional development resources and courses for K-12 Arkansas educators.

What is our purpose?
The purpose of ArkansasIDEAS is to improve teacher quality as a means to increase student achievement. Every project pursued by our team is designed to impact student learning through educator training.

Who can have access?
ArkansasIDEAS provides all Arkansas licensed educators access and additional support for paraprofessionals, pre-licensed and support staff is available for specific content through an approval process.

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