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Topic: Trauma-Informed Schools

We know that Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs can lead to long-term health issues as adults, but we’re just beginning to understand the impact trauma has on a child’s ability to learn during the critical early years in school. The good news is researchers have identified strategies that help these students learn and they are beginning to be implemented in public schools across North Carolina. Today we’re going to talk with two leaders of the NC Resilience & Learning Project and hear from principals from eastern North Carolina who are rolling out these game-changing efforts in their schools.

Guests:

  • Elizabeth DeKonty, Director, NC Resilience & Learning Project
  • Dr. Katie Rosanbalm, Senior Research Scientist, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy
  • Jessica Parker, Assistant Principal, Phillips Middle School, Edgecombe County Public Schools
  • Roderick Tillery, Principal, Baskerville Elementary School, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools
Keith Poston

Keith Poston is the president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.