In researching trauma and adverse childhood experiences, Childs notes that “one major factor for resilience is having someone you connect with.” So, St. Peter’s School is using “Character Strong”, a curriculum designed to give teachers and students a more consistent and safe space to work through emotions, tough questions, and grow together. It is “discourse on a more intentional level.”
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This year, the Racial Literacy program will be integrated into the curriculum in an initiative that has been years in the making, but takes on more potency and immediacy in the current climate, and expanding on many of the questions students had already been asking, both at home and at school. To that end, providing parents the toolkit to continue these discussions is another piece of the puzzle.