Trauma, Relationships & the Brain: Creating Supportive Learning Environments

Friday, April 3rd, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

During this introductory session, participants will begin to explore how frequent and prolonged exposure to toxic stress affects the developing brain. Children who experience three or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are three times more likely to fail, five times more likely to have severe attendance problems and six times more likely to have severe behavior problems. According to the Washington Family Policy Council, nearly fifty percent of our students nationally experience three or more ACEs. Attendees will participate in the Brain Architecture Game where they will experience how ACEs and other life events influence neurological development. Throughout the activity, participants will understand how the decisions they make, such as lesson planning, behavior management, and interactions with students, significantly impact the neurological development of their students. This will lay the foundation for a larger discussion on resilience and the role of educators in supporting all students. The session will conclude with planning time for participants to consider how to identify students and adults in a building who are dealing with toxic stress, build the capacity of caretakers in the school to be active allies, pinpoint conditions in your school community that are perpetuating or exacerbating toxic stress, and conduct an inventory of the impact of current and potential strategies.

Kyle Quadros
Kyle Quadros started his career as a 2009 TFA corps member in Phoenix, AZ. Kyle taught in a 1-4 self-contained autism classroom before moving back east as a Dean of Students at Match Middle School. After Match, he took on a principal position at Blackstone Valley Prep, Elementary School 1. During his six years as principal, Kyle ran a commended school and maintained some of the highest academic scores in the state. Kyle helped Blackstone Valley Prep in winning National Charter School of the year. He has extensive experience in behavior through his work with Butler Hospital, Bradley Hospital, and home-based services in Rhode Island and Arizona. Kyle is co-founder of TILO, a non-profit organization designed to provide outreach, education and consultation to parents, families, caregivers, providers and schools on the prevention and treatment of childhood trauma. Kyle is currently completing his Provider Certification Training in Collaborative Proactive Solutions and completing his clinical supervision for his BCBA. Kyle lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island with his wife and two children.