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Universal Care for the Trauma Informed Classroom

How innovative design transforms classrooms into safe NextGen learning spaces for students with elevated ACE scores


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Room: Woodley

An ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. Almost HALF the nation’s children have experienced at least one or more serious childhood traumas—which can negatively affect their ability to engage in learning. This presentation first delves into evidenced-based research that explains the physical effects on the brain, statistics, and outcomes of students with an ACE score. Then presents examples to the AEC industry to make students feel safe, connected and ready to learn—with technology and innovative design solutions. Then, we’ll discuss how SUSD’s Washington Elementary School—offers all students a safe sense of place in their lesson plans and talk about the positive behavioral impact they are making.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learning what an ACE score is and how it effects students in the classroom.
  2. Discover thoughtful ways to incorporate design elements into the educational environment to help students with elevated ACE scores.
  3. Learn how teachers are developing classroom programs to help manage and support students with elevated ACE scores.
  4. Discuss the additional benefits to the school when addressing ACEs like higher attendance and grade, less behavioral problems, and greater staff retention.

Aaron Buehring

Aaron Buehring

Director of Educational Environments
Anna Iversen

Anna Iversen

Psychologist and Counselor
UC Santa Cruz
Gema Godina-Martinez

Gema Godina-Martinez, Ph.D.

Washington STEAM Academy


March 18-20, 2021   Washington, D.C.

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