For children who have experienced trauma, learning can be a real struggle. But once trauma is identified...educators can adapt their approach to help kids cope when they are at school. - C. Soma and D. Allen. "10 Steps to Create a Trauma
Several years ago, Stark County's Trauma & Resiliency Education Committee (TREC) was formed in response to school staff requesting more knowledge about traumatized students and how resiliency strategies could be infused into the school setting. TREC is a collaborative effort of Stark County Family Court's Trauma Task Force, Stark County Family Council's Resiliency Committee, and the Trauma & Resiliency Education Committee. Through TREC, educators and community stakeholders collaboratively researched trauma and resiliency programs across the United States.
The TREC committee designed Stark's own program which is being piloted in nine schools from four districts and works within each school's existing systems of support. Buildings selected as pilot schools have already successfully implemented two key components of the TREC systems of support - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and CARE Teams.
TREC leaders determined that adding trauma-aware and resiliency-minded practices would strengthen each school's capacity to care for and educate students. "Our goal is to ensure that all students, especially those who may have experienced or been exposed to trauma, have the ability to succeed in school. Through training and professional development surrounding trauma-informed and resiliency-minded practices, adults in our school setting will now have the necessary supports and knowledge to identify and respond to all student needs," said Kay Port, iC.A.R.E. Director, Stark Educational Service Center.
 The adverse childhood experiences (ACE) study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine
 American Community Survey, 2011-2015
 Stark County Hunger Task Force