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Half of all students in the United States have experienced or are experiencing one or more types of serious childhood trauma (National Survey of Children's Health). This startling statistic should raise our alarm about what we can do to support students and families. Although much has been written for counselors and therapists about using a therapeutic approach with such students, little, if any, information has been available about teaching this epic population of learners. Further, when we learn that our students have experienced significant adversity, we often perceive them as having deficits that need remedying. Instead of looking at what is "broken" in the lives of these students, the presenters will emphasize science-based teaching and leadership practices that focus on seeing, acknowledging, and capitalizing on the many assets these students and their families bring with them.
Collaboratively examine key elements and characteristics of a strengths-based practice;
Explore how they apply to classrooms, schools, families, and communities using tools and protocols; and
Develop a plan of teaching to strengths with students living with adversity..