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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Toolkit - Emerging Minds, 2020
Description: "This toolkit contains information, advice and practical tools for individuals and professionals who work with, or care for, children who have had adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)...The resources in this toolkit are grouped according to differing professional and personal contexts in which ACEs issues may arise. The aim of these resources is to support individuals’ and professionals’ understandings of ACEs and their impacts, and to facilitate the building of children’s resilience to avoid these negative impacts."

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools to Improve Learning, WI, USA
Description: The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has created a professional development initiative to help schools incorporate trauma-sensitive practices in collaboration with SaintA and Trauma Sensitive Education, LLC. Content is  delivered primarily through modules that each consist of on-line learning, associated readings, and implementation tools. Draws mostly from Helping Traumatized Children Learn (Massachusetts Advocates for Children), and Dr. Sandra Bloom's work on organizational stress.   

Strengths: A very thorough guide, which includes a handy easy-to-read grid on strategies to create trauma-informed schools, guides to incorporating trauma-sensitive classrooms, a trauma-sensitive school checklist, integrating trauma-informed practices with PBIS, speaker presentation PPT and notes, and resources. 

Fix School Discipline Educator Toolkit, CA, USA
Description: Focused on California, this toolkit is a step-by-step guide to change harsh discipline rules. It includes chapters on PBIS, restorative practices, social emotion learning practices, trauma-sensitive schools, etc., with case studies for each practice. It also includes information about funding sources, and how to implement a monitoring and accountability plan. 

Fix School Discipline Mini-Toolkit (English and Spanish), 2019
Description: "The Fix School Discipline Mini-Toolkit is a collection of resources for students, parents, community, advocates, educators and anyone interested in learning how to eliminate harsh discipline practices that push students out of school, and instead enact solutions that work for all students.  The Mini-Toolkit includes individual quick reference tools on important topics related to ending punitive discipline practices and improving school climate, such as The School to Prison Pipeline or Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices." The full mini-toolkit or individual mini-tools can be downloaded in English or Spanish.

Description: Educators and mental health professionals have grown increasingly concerned about the exposure to and experience of traumatic life among children and adolescents. Addressing and responding to trauma is essential to the mission and purpose of schools: learn ing (Rossen & Cowan, 2013). As a result, the need for thorough and accurate assessment of trauma, including screening and assessment measures, has grown in recent years. Despite a widening array of available measures for the assessment of trauma (See NCTSN, n.d.), the administration of these measures within school settings is relatively new, with very little evidence supporting the utility of these practices within schools. The following brief provides an overview of the prevalence and impact of trauma among children and adolescents, the role of screening and assessment in the identification of trauma, school-based screening considerations, and how to link screening data with potential interventions within schools. Drs. Katie Eklund and Eric Rossen, authors. A product of the Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative; published by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. 

Incorporating Trauma Informed Practice and ACEs into Professional Curricula - a Toolkit
Description: The toolkit is designed to aid faculty and teachers in a variety of disciplines, specifically social work, medicine, law, education, and counseling, to develop or integrate critical content on adverse childhood experiences and trauma informed care into new or existing curricula of graduate education programs.

Military Kids Connect Educators' Resource Guide
Description: A compilation of resources which include: classroom and counseling activities, videos, special populations, trauma and grief, education-related organizations, continuing education opportunities, social networking sites for educators, student support, fun websites for military youth, wellness resources for kids and families, family support, and books. 

Missouri Model for Trauma-Informed Schools, 2020
Description: "The Missouri Model provides guidance at the highest level for organizations within every sector on how to become trauma informed. This document is meant to translate the Missouri Model guidance into language and processes to support schools interested in beginning the journey to become trauma informed."

The Nine Facets of a Comprehensive Trauma-Informed School Organization, 2020
Description: PDF "The Nine Facets _Complete" attached below. This plan is a guide for implementing and sustaining a trauma-informed organization. There are Nine Facets that detail the processes for school organizations specifically.

Restorative Justice: A Working Guide for Schools, CA, USA
Description: The Alameda County, CA, Health Care Service Agency's School Health Services Coalition published this guide in 2011. It includes an introduction to restorative justice and its application to schools; use of the approach on three levels (1) as a school-wide prevention practice, (2) to manage difficulties, and (3) for intense intervention; benefits, outcomes and impacts from current evaluative reports; guidance on initiating restorative justice at the school or district level; abstracts of publications and websites for additional information and support.

Restorative Practices: A Guide for Educators, MA, USA
Description: "Restorative Practices: Fostering Healthy Relationships & Promoting Positive Discipline in Schools" (March 2014) toolkit, published by the Schott Foundation, illustrates how restorative practices can be seamlessly integrated into the classroom, curriculum and culture of schools, and how they can help transform schools to support the growth and health of all students. This toolkit includes concrete models, frameworks, and action steps for school-wide implementation. It also includes guiding questions to support reflection for practitioners looking to make restorative methods part of the fabric of daily life in their schools.

Restorative Practices Whole-School Implementation Guide, CA, USA
Description: The San Francisco Unified School District published this guide, which provides a framework for planning, implementing, and using restorative practices across a school or district. There are many useful insights into the unique considerations of implementing a program. Also check out the district's useful curriculum-planning resources.

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