ACEs & Resiliency

Adverse Childhood Experiences
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Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). For example: 

  • Experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect

  • Witnessing violence in the home or community

  • Having a family member attempt, or die, by suicide

  • Aspects of the child's environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding



(Read the CDC's ACEs Study Here)​​




What We Can Do

Our school system needs to work to mitigate the effects of these experiences of ACEs on our county's children by preparing our schools and educators to better understand and accommodate those experiencing these difficulties.

  • Community Resiliency Trainings

    • Resiliency Training focuses on four areas including: emotional, cognitive and mental, physical, and spiritual resilience. Training in these areas can improve your resilience, enhance your quality of life, and decrease your stress and anxiety, by teaching you to view life's inevitable challenges as opportunities.​

    • The New Hanover County Resilience Task Force provides additional resources on their website:

  • Bias Training​s

    • Bias training programs are designed to generate awareness of unconscious biases, present resources that help adjust automatic patterns of thinking, and, ultimately, eliminate discriminatory behaviors.

  • Trauma Informed Instruction

    • When students experience ACEs, the stress can impair their ability to perform in schools and cause them to act out.​

    • Trauma informed instruction creates a school environment where every student feels safe and supported, and where the educators have a better understanding of how trauma affects student behavior and emotions.

  • Community Schools

    • A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. It has an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement.

    • This system leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities, especially for households experiencing poverty