1703 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
Tel: 1-800-933-ASCD (2723)
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday
Local to the D.C. area: 1-703-578-9600
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Today’s learners enter the formal schooling environment with significant personal challenges, including barriers to developing strong physical, intellectual, and social-emotional foundations. From living in broken and transient homes and communities to experiencing violent and aggressive peer and social influences, our youngest students often encounter more trauma, grief, loss, poverty, and hardship by the time they reach adolescence than some individuals encounter in a lifetime. Growing the “whole child” amidst intense life challenges and traumatic experiences is no easy task, particularly when these personal stories present themselves in an academic environment where schools face pressure to simultaneously improve report cards and personal resiliency. Developing and supporting the traumatized and victimized student can be especially challenging in learning communities that embrace a “zero tolerance” approach. In this session, we’ll explore the plight of victimized students; consider how schools could optimally address these students’ challenges; and suggest practical strategies and resources to support, nurture, and grow each student voice in your learning environment.