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Professional Learning

ACES Overview - Training

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impact student learning and lifetime health outcomes. This training provides a background on ACEs and their impact on brain development.

At a Glance

Participants will learn to recognize symptoms of toxic stress and explore strategies that support student resilience.


  • Student Learning
  • Trauma-Informed Practices


  • Understand what Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are the impact they have on learning and health outcomes.
  • Recognize the symptoms and behaviors of students experiencing toxic stress
  • Learn strategies that build resilience in trauma-impacted students
Developed by:

Illinois Education Association

Last Updated: July 29, 2020


Audience Role

  • Education Support Professional
  • Teacher


  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Higher Education
  • Middle School

Session Length

90 mins

Session Format

In person

ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences that may have an impact on a student’s lifelong learning, health, and career outcomes. Students with ACEs may exhibit signs of toxic stress in school in response to certain events or stimuli. Successful learning outcomes depend on recognizing these signs and de-escalating the situation so that students can concentrate and absorb instruction.

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