The Effects Of Adverse Childhood Experiences On Student Learning

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The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Student Learning
Research Questions
The Beebe Public School District is a rural district located about thirty minutes from the state’s capital. Beebe is a growing district that has a student population averaging around three-thousand, two-hundred for the past three years, according to the district’s website (beebebadgers.org). Although, Beebe is a larger town with almost eight-thousand people in 2015, the free and reduced lunch student population is above fifty percent, which indicates a higher rate of poverty in the district (city-data.com). Families are in need of more support and children are being exposed to more difficult experiences in this area. An article published by the Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center (Collins, et al., 2010) suggests that evidence continues to be found that supports the theory that if a child grows up in a low-socioeconomic home, then they are more likely to be exposed to trauma. In connection with this, students who are exposed to trauma have a more difficult time learning in school.
With over fifty percent of our district’s students being free or reduced lunch, our students are at a higher risk for being exposed to trauma. This will affect the way they learn and how they develop as they grow up in our school system (Moroz, 2005). The questions that I would like to look at include: Are teachers aware of the effects of trauma on students, Are they being trained to better work with…
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