Neuroscience teaches us that the brain is plastic – that it can and does change for the better, or for worse. The specialists at Thriving Leaders Collaborative, LLC bring DEFINITE HOPE to educators, their students, and their school communities. Regardless of past social and emotional challenges, toxic stressors, cognitive developmental lags and other adversities, children suffering from the effects of trauma and/or poverty CAN LEARN. Informed and equipped with the latest understanding of how the brain learns best, our specialists will redirect deficit patchwork approaches and deliberately support our students’ education by teaching educators and caregivers how to apply a Strengths-Based Mindset that will change their brains for the better. No matter where we start with them, educators can learn how to build on the resiliency of their students and that of their families resulting in changed life outcomes.
In the United States, poverty is defined as an annual income below $24,257 for an average family of four and extreme poverty is defined as an annual income below $12,129 again for a family of four (Children’s Defense Fund. 2015). In 2015…
According to the Non-Profit Thorn, “The commercial sexual exploitation of children is another term for what we often call child sex trafficking. While anyone can be a victim, we know that kids who are homeless or runaways, LGBTQ, African-American or Latino, and youth interacting with the child welfare system are more vulnerable to this type of exploitation….”
According to Traffick911, “Human trafficking is slavery, it’s the commodification and objectification of human beings. At it’s essence, it is the exploitation of vulnerability. The Global Slavery Index estimates 45.8 million slaves are in the world today. The two most common forms of human trafficking are commercial sex trade and forced labor. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 98% of sex trafficking victims across the globe are women and children…with traffickers making $150 billion a year (globally) buying and selling people for their profit and pleasure; about $99 billion of that is from the forced commercial sex trade.”
In 2008, The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published the World Report on Child Injury and Prevention. The report identifies childhood injuries and deaths (violence against children) as the prominent killers of children throughout the world. It estimates approximately 1 million deaths of children and adolescents under the age of 18 years annually are the result of crimes against children.
Significant data informs us traumatic life experiences in childhood and adolescence are far more common than expected. Between 1995-1997 the CDC and Kaiser Permanente conducted the original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. But there is hope! For more information on the ACE Study see Center
for Disease Control and Prevention on ACE Study
or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on ACE Study
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This one-day professional development is imperative for school personnel seeking to help struggling students THRIVE in school and the classroom. Compounded by matters of race and equity, traumatic experiences have become almost standard in classrooms and schools today. However, the fact remains - teachers are not therapists and that is actually okay! The key is to equip personnel with powerful knowledge and skills that will enhance their teaching, learning and day-to-day interactions with students. Participants, YOU can be the change!
3 Hr. Workshop
1 Day PD (Recommended)
The deficit model for addressing the needs of student from poverty and those who have experienced adverse childhood events fails to build on the existing resiliency in even the most harmed student. A Strengths-Based Mindset is an asset approach to professional development that uses the latest insights and skills in brain-based learning and strategies for trauma informed learning with students who have lived in the effects of poverty and those who have been abused and neglected. This session will guide educational leaders and their teachers to build upon the resiliency of their students through proven methods of toxic stress reduction, a return of control to students, and strengthening working memory.