Social Justice

Schools and Community Outreach by Educators (SCORE) Grants
The Illinois Education Association announces the availability of grant funds. The purpose of SCORE is to encourage early career members and their local associations to collaborate and create opportunities for community service projects or school projects. Proposals should be substantive and meaningful. They should build visible foundations for deeper relationships with students, families and communities. Additionally, IEA wants to foster the deeper value of the association in the life of our members and identify new leaders to carry forth the mission and goals of IEA. Learn more about SCORE.

Aces Too High
A website dedicated to identifying ACEs and resources for how to address the needs of students with high ACE scores.

Paper Tigers
The documentary Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students attending an alternative school specializing in educating traumatized youth. The film examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities – a movement showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Know Me, Know My Name
A free resource to help you find students that need positive adult connection and interaction. We know that these relationships help students succeed and are a good stair step to building a trauma-informed school environment.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ TED Talk
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

Dr. Marjorie Fujara’s Webinar
When students live in highly stressful or very traumatic conditions, their brains actually prevent them from learning. Instead, their minds operate in a “fight or flight” mentality at all times. But things can be done to help students calm their brains and open them up again to learning. As Dr. Fujara says, “It’s not rocket science, it’s brain science.”

IEA’s Partnership for Resilience
an effort of educators, doctors and social services, to identify students who come to school carrying a heavy weight from the outside world and finding ways to help them cope and succeed. The partnership is working to bring the message of trauma-informed education to school buildings and districts across Illinois.

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