Every Child's Champion

Children and Trauma: A Look at Resilience in Early Childhood Development, with Allen Rosales

February 18, 2022 Allen Rosales Season 3 Episode 21
Every Child's Champion
Children and Trauma: A Look at Resilience in Early Childhood Development, with Allen Rosales
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The incidence of childhood trauma is higher than most people think: many, many of our children have experienced what experts refer to as “developmental trauma,” meaning the cumulative effects of chronically dangerous and stressful environments and daily life circumstances. Often, we teachers are unaware of the fact that challenging behaviors in the classroom are actually symptoms of this early trauma. There are strategies available to help teachers and children alike in developing resilience throughout their day-to-day living. This episode  hopes to bring a trauma-informed lens to all of our work. 

Our guest for today’s podcast, Allen Rosales, has been in the early childhood field for  over 27 years, and is the Director of Professional Learning and Development for the Carole Robertson Center for Learning in Chicago, a large, urban Head Start agency. He has published an early childhood curriculum book for teachers entitled Mathematizing, an Emergent Math Curriculum Approach for Young Children. In 2021, he published Allen children's books series focused on supporting and developing children's resiliency skills. Allen’s impression of the roots of childhood trauma, the toxic stress that children in poverty are exposed to, and his appreciation for the keys to building resiliency can benefit all of us. His books and his explanations will take us all deeper into understanding what children need in order to cope with traumatic or stressful experiences and develop life skills for weathering whatever storms may come in their futures. 

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About Allen Rosales 

Allen Rosales has been a teacher, an education manager, a coach, and is still currently a  professor and a national presenter. He is an author and now he's currently the Director  of professional learning and development for the Carole Robertson Centre for Learning  in Chicago. He designs and facilitates professional learning communities for leadership  and for teaching staff, in the process of trying to enhance the learning climate and the  culture of the organization.

Allen has published several books. He's published an early childhood curriculum book  for teachers that was titled Mathematizing: An Emergent Math Curriculum Approach  for Young Children, which is a really good book. Also, in the summer of 2021, Allen  published a series of four children's books that are focused on supporting and  developing children's resiliency skills. 

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Hear Allen’s journey into discovering the gaps inside the early childhood community of educators.
The professional development system inside Carole Robertson Centre for Learning in Chicago is WoW!
The inequity Allen has observed over the years in marginalized communities pushed him to write his four book storybook series.
Let’s take a peek into one – “Alisha Learns to be Resilient”.
What does Alisha and Ian and Jorge and Jamal have in common? Listen to this!
How about Jamal’s story (which are all true stories btw!), let’s hear it!
Here’s a special note from Allen to all teachers: that they may be handling children who have been exposed to these kinds of traumas early on in their lives.
Here are ways to engage them, and the best time to teach social, emotional learning.
Let’s dive deeper into R-E-S-I-L-I-E-N-C-Y.
🡪 Specific strategies for being able to cope 🡨
Critical thinking plays a part too for these kids! Children need to be able to learn problem-solving skills, so that they can deal with future challenges.
The story books have captured these important processes and strategies.
Should teachers really go there and encourage these kids to talk about their real life experiences?
What we need right now are solutions! And teachers need to get this trauma training.
Teachers can do it by following Allen’s advice here. A web of support should be created.
Developing that trauma lens and the anti-biased literacy cohorts Allen led.
What can be a good starting point for teachers who do not want to portray implicit bias and misunderstandings from a cultural standpoint?
Developing a strength-based lens and the idea of COURAGE to learn at all costs.
The kind of realization you may have also had as an educator with privilege.
Transforming mind-sets from deficit base to strength-based – watch out for this book by Allen.
Leadership and support has to be there for someone to see the progress.
We need to lay out the outlets available for teachers and also opportunities to establish the learning perspectives for trauma based practices.
The professional development system within the Carole Robertson Centre – what does the system includes?
Awesome! The grant was able to provide these supports.
INNOVATION plays a big part in these plans.
Watch out for the part 2 of Allen’s interview, when we dig into his book, Mathematizing: An Emergent Math Curriculum Approach for Young Children.