November 7, 2017
The Anchorage School District is hosting A Day of Understanding: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Trauma Informed-Culturally Responsive Practice. Friday, November 10, at every ASD elementary school, parents, staff, and community members have an opportunity to meet together and learn. ACES are stressful or potentially harmful events in a young child’s life that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. ACES range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian.
Marcus Wilson, ASD director of elementary education, is spearheading this day-long community based effort in meeting the needs of our students and families. “We invite parents and community members to join ASD for this community event to inform our practice in this important work,” said director Wilson. “In all my years that I’ve been with the ASD,” said Wilson, “this is the first opportunity that I can think of that we’ve been able to come together across an instructional level (staff, parents, and community partners), and learn about a subject that effects everyone.”
Seats are limited, so we encourage parents and community members to sign up as soon as possible. They may RSVP by calling any ASD elementary school. It will be a full day together from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be served.
“I’m thankful to ASD School Board and Superintendent,” said Wilson, “for allowing this day of collaboration to happen.”