June 13, 2019

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (June 13, 2019)—Building Strong Brains is a trauma-informed care curriculum supported by the Iowa Department of Education. The material consists of four professional learning modules in the areas of brain architecture, toxic stress, relationship and resiliency, and self-care. Each module includes brain-aligned strategies to meet student needs and self-care tips for educators. Northwest AEA will offer several training dates and there is no cost to attend.

The goals of the session include:

• build and enhance foundation of knowledge on trauma-informed care in the context of brain science, adverse childhood experiences, and resilience;

• create and enrich Tier I effective practices that support the values of a trauma-informed teaching and learning approach; and

• examine and integrate practices that promote resilience of students and staff.

Learn more about the training here.

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With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit www.nwaea.org.

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