Join the McDowell County Board of Education and Futures without Violence for an important conversation about trauma-informed practices.
New research shows that witnessing traumatic events can impact the physical development of a child’s brain – potentially leading to lifelong health and social issues. But teachers can help reverse the effects. As a supportive, caring adult in a child’s life, you can be an important factor in helping children overcome the effects of trauma.
First, Futures without Violence experts will review how five everyday gestures can help young people heal from trauma. Participants will be the first to see brand new materials created just for teachers, which highlight simple, practical tools to help build classroom communities that are trauma-informed and support healthy development. Building off Futures without Violence, experts from McDowell County Board of Education will provide on the ground school examples and examine the 7 characteristics of a trauma informed school and the challenges that school staff experiences during implementation. Participants will engage with assessment questions used in determining how their school’s protocol would address students exposed to trauma and violence. The presentation will introduce resiliency and protective factors. Finally, McDowell County Board of Education experts will identify the three areas to target for promoting resiliency in our students and will show data that will substantiate the importance that protective factors have on a successful outcome for children.
Kimberley V. Newbill is the Attitude Behavior and Character (ABC) Coach for Welch Elementary School with the McDowell County Board of Education, Kimberley works in collaboration with school administration, counselors, nurses, psychologists, and specialists to address any identified at risk students. She assist students in shaping behavior and guiding them in making appropriate choices. She also serves as the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) Coach where she assist the team with a behavioral framework grounded in evidence based interventions using the three-tiered support systems for students. She creates individualized behavior plans by recognizing the differences of each student. She has also worked with at-risk students in Savannah, Georgia as a collaborative effort to increase test scores and graduation rates while decreasing the juvenile delinquency rate. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Howard University and her Bachelor of Arts in History from Marshall University.
Eleanor Davis works in the Public Education Campaigns & Programs department at Futures Without Violence, where she develops national violence prevention initiatives that engage a variety of audiences including youth, men and boys, health care providers, and educators. Eleanor is proud to have been on the team that launched Changing Minds™, a national campaign to highlight the science of childhood trauma, and support school-based professionals helping children heal and thrive. Eleanor graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Sociology and Performance Studies, and uses her diverse background in arts-based education, digital marketing, and social justice advocacy to build violence prevention initiatives that inspire people and move them to action. Eleanor is currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley where she is completing a Master’s degree in Public Health.