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Upcoming A Better Normal Webinar: "Practical Tools for Building a Trauma-Informed Culture"

Tuesday, August 18th, 12-1pm PT Register HERE Culture is at the heart of a trauma-informed approach but can often feel abstract or hard to operationalize. In this one-hour interactive A Better Normal session, we will explore the role of culture in a trauma-informed approach, work through an exercise to apply these concepts, and discuss what culture looks like in our own communities and organizations. Participants will walk away with practical action steps to help lead the development of a...

A Better Normal: Healing Trauma Through Music with Nick Larson - Friday, Aug 14th at Noon PT

Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of A Better Normal, our series in which we envision the future as trauma-informed. Friday, August 14th, 2020 12pm PT // 1pm MT // 2pm CT // 3pm ET Hosted by Alison Cebulla and facilitated by Cissy White of ACEs Connection with Guest Nick Larson, lead singer of band Próxima Parada. >>Click here to register<< "Before any of us had the vocabulary to define ACEs [ACEs = adverse childhood experiences], we were using music as the...

Including All Voices in Back to School Planning

Keeping students and staff safe from harm in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic is the number one goal of all schools and districts as they plan for the 2020-21 school year. The next most important goal is to return as many staff and students to the school building as possible. The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics have developed detailed guidelines so schools can make that happen. If for some reason schools are not able to meet these standards, they are choosing to move instruction to...

Baby courts: A proven approach to stop the multigenerational transmission of ACES in child welfare; new efforts to establish courts nationwide

The organization Zero To Three estimates that in the U.S., a child is taken into the child welfare system every six seconds. “Many of society’s most intractable problems can be traced back to childhood adversity. Being in the child welfare system increases the likelihood of more adversity and criminality. Baby court is a proven approach to healing the trauma of both child and parent, and breaking the cycle of maltreatment,” says Mimi Graham, Ed.D ., director of the Florida State University...

Trauma-informed policing: Learn how three highly experienced community leaders strengthen ties between police and community

ACEs initiative participants in communities where there is tension between the community and law enforcement will want to join Becky Haas in a compelling conversation on law enforcement, ACEs science, COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement and protests. Haas is a nationally recognized adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) science initiative builder and trainer. She and colleagues Renee Wilson-Simmons, the head of the ACE Awareness Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee, and Maggi Duncan,...

Two ACEs champions share: The urgency of ACEs initiatives helping systems of care, and the communities they’re in, become trauma-informed.

ACEs champions Danette Glass of Alpharetta, Georgia, and Becky Haas , of Johnson City, Tennessee, work in different -- yet similar -- ways to see systems of care change to help prevent and heal adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and to help individuals and communities increase resilience. On Friday, July 24 at noon PDT/3 p.m. EDT, these friends and expert community organizers will share their approaches. Haas has worked from the inside out, most recently as the ACEs educator for a regional...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, The Return to School episode

Please join us tomorrow, Thursday July 16th as Emily Read Daniels and myself facilitate a discussion around the return to school specifically the anxiety and stress we are feeling/hearing/seeing. Emily will share a bit about regulation, we want to hear what is going on with you, and we will do a breakout session to discuss in small groups. Weekly themes include: How do we create physical and psychological safety, especially in the face of so much uncertainty? What strategies can we use to...

A Better Normal Community Discussion: Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz on Community, Poverty & Parenting with ACEs: Friday, July 17th at 3p.m. EST

Please join us this Friday, July 17th as we speak with @Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz for our next A Better Normal discussion at 3p.m. EST. This conversation, hosted by @Cissy White (ACEs Connection Staff) and moderated by @Alison Cebulla (ACEs Connection Staff) will be about building community, ending poverty, and and parenting with ACEs. Rebecca will share her personal story as well as her work with families, schools, and communities. Click here to register. About Rebecca's Lewis-Pankratz (in her...

Building Workforce Resilience (A Better Normal Series)

As the summer ticks on, the confounding questions around meeting the needs of our workforce in these challenging times remain unresolved for many organizations. In conversations this week I heard the angst: “It’s time to get back to the office. We are following all the guidelines. We have worked to support staff and don’t know what else to do. How can we help staff come along?” As organizations adapt to their new normal, the challenge of choosing from a vast array of resources and...

Catch Up on Our 'A Better Normal' Series While We Take a Break This Week

Thank you to all who have joined us so far for the 'A Better Normal' Community Discussions! With 32 episodes so far, the 'A Better Normal' Discussions have been attended by over 3,000 different people! ACEs Connection Staff will be taking some time off for a break around the July 4th holiday, we will not be hosting any of the 'A Better Normal' discussions or publishing our Daily Digests on Thursday and Friday. Use this time to catch up on past 'A Better Normal' Discussions on our Youtube...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, canceled for 7/3 (Happy 4th!) Next Episode 7/9

Next Episode of A Better Normal-Education Upended July 9th, 2020- 12 PST ACEsConnection is on holiday July 3rd but please join us on July 9th as we host special guest Pamela Black to discuss a back to school survey that aims to gather information from staff regarding what they need to feel safe in their return to school. If you want to catch up on past Better Normal-Education Upended over the holiday weekend we have our own YouTube channel ! Have a safe holiday and see you July 9th! Weekly...

A Better Normal Tuesday, June 30th at Noon PDT: Reinterpreting American Identity, a Community Discussion

"I think that all of us, regardless of our racial or ethnic background, feel relieved that we no longer have to deal with the racism and the sexism associated with the system of slavery. But we treat the history of enslavement like we treat the genocidal colonization of indigenous people in North America, as if it was not that important, or worse, as if it never happened." —Angela Davis, "The Meaning of Freedom" Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of A Better Normal, our...

A Better Normal Friday, June 26th at Noon PDT: “Grief/Family Trauma in the Time of COVID-19”

Please join us for the community discussion of A Better Normal, our ongoing series in which we envision a future in which every community, organization and system has integrated practices based on ACEs science to create a better normal. The one we had wasn’t working very well. “Grief/Family Trauma in the Time of COVID-19” With Tian Dayton, PhD, psychologist, author. Moderated by ACEs Connection staff members Carey Sipp and Alison Cebulla Friday, June 26th, 2020 Noon to 1pm, PDT (3 p.m. - 4...

Building a Resilient Workforce: A Better Normal Conversation - Tuesday, June 23rd 12-1pm PT

How do we build a resilient workforce that can thrive in the face of adversity? And how do we sort out which resources and supports are most needed when building a staff support plan? These are burning questions for leadership, especially during this time of COVID-19. Join us on Tuesday, June 23rd, 12-1pm PT for our 'A Better Normal' series to discuss building organizational resilience through creating a “Better Normal” in the workplace. Gail Kennedy of ACEs Connection will talk with Pam...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, Facilitating Conversations about Racism and Racial Trauma with Staff and Students

Thursday, June 18, 2020 Education Upended, Special Guest Ingrid Cockhren Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of "A Better Normal — Education Upended". This week special guest and ACEsConnection staff member Ingrid Cockhren will join us to discuss facilitating conversations about racism, equity, and racial trauma through a trauma-informed lens with staff and students. Weekly themes include: How do we create physical and psychological safety, especially in the face of so much...

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