Publication Date

Fall 11-22-2023


School of Education


Education: Secondary


education, ACEs, trauma, teaching methods, resilience, safe environment, SEL


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


Students in every school and at every grade level have had, or continue to have, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which may be considered traumatic. These experiences inevitably interfere with students’ brain development and learning processes. First, it is important that teachers are informed of the effects that these experiences may have on the lives of their students. Awareness of the problem is the first step toward solving any issue. Second, with knowledge of these findings, teachers must find methods to reach these students. All students deserve an equal chance at a quality education. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of ACEs and find the best methods to help these students learn most effectively.