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Creating Compassionate Classrooms: Overcoming Adverse Childhood Events (ACES)
Workshop #: CECO-33


Course Description

Creating Compassionate Classrooms provides you with an understanding of how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and other barriers to learning can be overcome by the adoption of compassionate methodologies in the classroom and across the learning community.

There are a research-based and scientific rationale for compassionate schooling. Evidence from disciplines including social services, education, neurobiology and public health demonstrate the effectiveness of the compassionate approach. In this course, you will find tools, strategies and resources to create a compassionate classroom and to collaborate with your colleagues to create a school-wide culture of care.


Course Objectives: By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Describe the impact and signs of adverse childhood experiences on learning.
  • Identify alternatives to traditional methods of discipline.
  • Summarize the scientific rationale for integrating compassion in school culture.
  • Apply compassionate pedagogy to adjust instruction and all aspects of the school experience.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the compassionate approach to adjust as needed.
  • Choose external resources to help overcome barriers to implementing compassion in order to meet the needs of complex students.

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Graduate credit is available after course completion for an additional fee from various universities.

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