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New Bern, NC: 'Trauma informed' school; what has happened to students

Dec 17, 2017, New Bern (NC) Sun Journal: New Bern school offers ‘trauma informed’ approach to learning http://www.newbernsj.com/news/20171217/new-bern-school-offers-trauma-informed-approach-to-learning …One of Craven County’s newest private schools, Peletah Academic Center for Excellence (PACE), has taken a unique approach to serving students who have faced physical and emotional turmoil in their young lives. The school, which opened last August, is housed inside the Peletah Ministries’ current church building, located at 2305 Neuse Blvd. in New Bern. It currently serves 18 students from kindergarten through seventh grade, though the school is expected to expand to eighth grade for the 2018-19 school year.. According to Superintendent Dawn Baldwin Gibson, and her husband, Anthony Gibson, senior pastor at Peletah Ministries, PACE’s staff take a “trauma informed” approach to the school’s students, dealing with children who act out due to emotional disturbances in a therapeutic versus punitive fashion. “When you look at a child and you see that their behavior is somewhat odd, you don’t look at it from the perspective of what’s wrong with him or her. You look at it from the perspective of what has happened to them. So that shapes every interaction that child has in that setting,” said Anthony Gibson. The superintendent said trauma informed care comes from research done in the area of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). “It deals with what happens to children who have experienced some level of trauma. …