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Summer 2023


Schools are seeing an increase in challenging behaviors in the classroom due to trauma that the children have experienced. Research suggests that a trauma-informed approach helps reduce unwanted behaviors and out-of-school suspensions. Other studies also show the importance of increasing Social-emotional learning and guidance counselors' time and how it can positively affect students' behavior. These slight changes can help children learn coping strategies and learn how to act in social situations. This school improvement project creates a five-year plan for Black Hawk Elementary. This plan intends to reduce behaviors by meeting students' needs by becoming knowledgeable in trauma-informed care.

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