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The Northern California Safe and Healthy Schools Conference


School wellness professionals from across California gathered at UC Berkeley on November 6th and 7th for The Northern California Safe and Healthy Schools Conference. California’s first ever Surgeon General, Nadine Burke Harris, gave the morning keynote discussing how toxic “stress” associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) negatively impacts childhood development, educational attainment, and serious health conditions over the life course. She highlighted that by using a trauma-informed approach, schools can ensure that they are supporting students to overcome the effects of toxic stress they may have experienced.  Conference workshops highlighted strategies that schools can use to mediate the effects of ACEs, including Restorative Justice Practices, Mindfulness, Positive Relationships, and promoting Youth Resiliency.