Eve Troeh and Mallory Falk explore the use of trauma informed curriculum in the New Orleans school system following Hurricane Katrina. “Consider the everyday stresses of children living in poverty: not enough food to eat, a lack of stable, safe housing, the threat of gun violence that plagues poor neighborhoods, picking up on the stress of adults facing job insecurity or without a living wage,” they write. “We are learning more about how these ‘toxic stress’ factors affect children’s brain development and limit their ability to learn, not to mention their basic ability to show up to school every day.”
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