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Lincoln Park, MI: District staff learns about childhood trauma's effects on student behavior

June 22, 2018, Southgate (MI) News Herald: Lincoln Park students trained to be resilient, bounce back from childhood traumatic events http://www.thenewsherald.com/opinion/lincoln-park-students-trained-to-be-resilient-bounce-back-from/article_b235adcf-0d81-514c-89b8-3ee9340056a1.html Countless studies have shown what happens to us as children can shape the rest of our lives. That’s especially true when it comes to trauma and adversity. For the last several years, Lincoln Park Public Schools has invested a great deal of time and resources into understanding trauma and the impact it has on our students. We partnered with Dr. Caelan Soma and the Starr Global Learning Network, national experts in trauma-informed and evidence based practices. The program that we developed together is deeply rooted in brain research. During childhood, traumatic events come in many forms, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, parental separation or divorce, and the incarceration of a parent or household member…. This year, in an effort to create an environment that supports the whole student and teach strategies to overcome adversity and trauma, we officially launched the Resilient Schools Project. ...

They now consider why a student is behaving a certain way, rather than simply focusing on the behavior they are displaying…. We must take care of our students as people before we focus on education. If their needs aren’t being met, there is no way we can expect them to be successful….