‘Nobody Learns It in a Day’: Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

This article was originally published by Education Week. Bethlehem, N.H. There’s never been a clearer scientific picture of the ways damaging experiences and intense, chronic stress can hurt a child’s ability to learn in school. But for many schools, the picture of what trauma-sensitive schooling looks like in practice is still developing. “We’re in an […]

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Key Steps for the Michigan ACE Initiative Future

My last blog post contained some hearty thanks for our recent conference and a hint for where we need to go in the future. More of the same—not exactly. Here are 10 key steps I think we need to take and how it relates to our revised strategic planning as we look at a five […]

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Michigan ACE Initiative conference highlights

For the past several weeks I have had “writers block” and  I wanted to immediately communicate with folks following our May conference. I was (and still am) basking in the energy, networking and statewide interest in our Initiative, took some time off to “recharge” and began quiet discussions regarding our future.  First, some thanks are […]

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Building Resilience, Healing Communities

The following was originally published in the KPJR Films Newsletter The Michigan ACE initiative hosted the largest convening of ACEs professionals in the state of Michigan. Dr. Robert Anda, Co-Principal Investigator of the original ACEs study, Co-Founder ACE Interface and also featured in RESILIENCE, opened the conference and introduced keynote speaker, Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, Professor, Bloomberg […]

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If You Build It, They Will Come

One of my all-time favorite movies is Field of Dreams.  The premise of this movie is for a farmer to plow under his corn field and build a baseball diamond in order for the “ghosts of baseball” to come and play.  Having visited the site of this movie in Iowa and playing on that field, […]

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