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News and Opinion Aug 31, 2018

In New Video, Pamela Cantor, M.D. Discusses How Schools can Support Students who have Experienced Trauma

In the latest video from Turnaround partner Digital Promise’s Research@Work series, Turnaround for Children Founder and Senior Science Advisor Pamela Cantor, M.D. explains how childhood trauma impacts the developing brain, learning and development.

Dr. Cantor shares that while traumatic experiences and prolonged stress can have harmful effects, because the brain is malleable, there are many opportunities to help children overcome adversity and thrive. The key is to provide children with the environments, relationships and experiences that buffer stress and build healthy brains. She argues that all schools must be designed to provide the physical and emotional safety necessary for students to develop key learning skills and mindsets.

The intentional design of schools, classrooms and learning experiences to support children who have endured adverse experiences can help them to recover from the effects of trauma and achieve their full potential as learners and human beings.

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