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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Licensure Regulations for School Personnel [8 VAC 20 ‑ 22]
Action Comprehensive Revision of the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 11/6/2015
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11/6/15  5:13 pm
Commenter: Denise Powers

Trauma-Informed Learning Environments

Childhood trauma knows no SES or other boundaries. It impacts brain development, behaviors  and learning, and much more. Yet, preparing educators and education personnel receive only minimal information on this topic, It is essential that we strengthen these requirements in the regulations. Specifically, the following language should be added:

Sec. 8VAC20-23-130(1) and Sec. 8VAC20-23-190(1):  Following the words "substance abuse" and before the words "family disruptions," add "trauma, including child abuse and neglect and other adverse childhood experiences."

Sec. 8VAC20-23-130(3) and Sec. 8VAC20-23(190)(5): Add a sentence at the end of the paragraph as follows: "Approaches must also take into account the impact of trauma on the student and the learning environment."

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