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Manchester, TN: 2 district schools "trauma informed" to deal with "extreme situations"

Oct 19, 2018, Manchester (TN) Times: County schools become two of state's first Trauma Informed Schools North Coffee Elementary and Coffee County Middle School are slated to become two of Tennessee’s first Building Strong Brains —Trauma Informed Schools designated by the Tennessee Department of Education. … In a Trauma Informed School, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Those adults include administrators, teachers, staff, and parents. …The goal in a model Trauma Informed School is to not only cope with extreme situations but to create an underlying culture of respect and support…. Through the Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of Student Support, North Coffee Elementary and Coffee County Middle School will receive high-quality training, resources, and ongoing support as they implement trauma informed practices. …A study suggests that during childhood over 60 percent of students will have at least one traumatic event,” said Kim Aaron, CCMS Principal. … “Without proper intervention and support, traumatic events hinder learning. The training our teachers are slated to receive will help them better address the social and emotional needs of our students so that more learning can occur and students have the opportunity to be more successful,” Aaron added. …

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