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After a first look at ACEs in the previous session, this session will take a deeper look at how trauma impacts academics, behavior, and relationships in the classroom and school.


Divide into 3 smaller groups for a jigsaw reading 

Group 1 should read pages 22-31; the impact of trauma on academics.

Group 2 should read pages 32-37; the impact of trauma on behavior

Group 3 should read pages 38-41; the impact of trauma on relationships

  • Before each group begins reading, review the Jigsaw Protocol. Discuss as a team how the reading and “expert” sharing will occur based on the number of team members.
  • Experts should share their section based on the protocols.The team then discusses the overall impact of trauma on a classroom setting or school setting.

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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education