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June 23, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


 UNCG   1300 Spring Garden St. Greensboro NC 27412     Room 118

One out of every 4 children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior. Still others are exposed to toxic stress that can affect the body and brain in ways  that mimic trauma. The landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study revealed the surprising prevalence of trauma and toxic stress in the general population, as well as the far-reaching impact of these adverse experiences. Researchers discovered a very clear link between childhood abuse and neglect and a wide range of poor health and social outcomes across the lifespan. For students, trauma and toxic stress often manifest in decreased reading ability, lower GPAs, absenteeism, increased suspensions and expulsions, and higher drop-out rates. As schools sustain their critical focus on education and achievement, their policies must also recognize the  effect that traumatic experiences can have on students’ success in the classroom. This training introduces educators and administrators to the ACE Study and to the concept of resilience. Just as it is important to be “trauma-informed,” it is also important to be “resilience-focused.” Those who work with children and youth can be more effective if they understand the concept of resilience and how it can serve as a buffer to adversity. This training, which includes the opportunity to view the Resilience film during lunch, will introduce participants to the ACE study and to the concept of resilience, including simple strategies that can be used to build resilience in those with whom we work, and in ourselves.

Note that COVID 19 protocols will be followed with masks and  social distancing.

Meet the Trainer

Dana Gracie, MA, Professional Trainer and Family Educator, received her Master’s in Business Administration from Montreat College with a focus on Leadership Management, and her Bachelor of Arts from Meredith College, majoring in Religion with a minor in Sociology. With 20 years of experience in child foster care, she has held positions in direct care, education, supervision, leadership and staff development. Dana’s professional focus has been on addressing the needs of children and families in the foster care system. She has provided support and education to professionals, children, and foster parents as they navigate the foster care system. Dana has provided training in the areas of behavior management, crisis intervention, the effects of trauma on behavior, self-care around trauma and the importance of building attachments.

She brings to the work not only a professional perspective, but a personal one as well, as Dana is the adoptive mother of a sibling group of older boys from the child welfare system. She is passionate about her work with children and families and dedicated to the fulfillment of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina’s mission of promoting “the right of every child to a permanent, safe and loving family.”


June 23, 2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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UNCG School of Education
1300 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC 27412 United States
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