Positive, Neutral and Negative Behaviors in the World of Educational Stress: How It Can Shape Achievement


The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study gave the world groundbreaking new data, and initial study findings unleashed a torrent of new questions. Subsequent research on the role of ACEs in education has identified a causal link between early childhood adversity and the ability of children to effectively learn. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child provides a convenient framework of “Normal, Tolerable and Toxic Stress” within which to start understanding how ACEs influence children. This session explores how brain response can be recognized as positive, neutral or negative and applied in a manner to achieve positive education outcomes.