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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Dear Secretary DeVos

Dear Secretary DeVos,
I know you have a busy schedule. You running around to all those vouchers and school choice think tank groups. I am hoping you can start sending teachers some resources to help us teachers help the children living in Trauma in our public schools. Her book "The Deepest Well is an excellent read on the subject of childhood trauma.  In case you schedule doesn't allow enough time for serious reads and study, I found a short 15-minute video from Doctor Burke that might help you understand what teachers are dealing with.
"Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect, and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues have real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on."…/nadine_burke_harris_how_childhood_tra…

You could be a real agent of change if you took this issue up, and sent us teachers some real tools to help our students living with Trauma. Hoping you are thinking about leaving children, teachers, and our public schools a legacy of hope. We could use some hope. 
We, teachers, need real resources and support in our public schools,
Dr. Jesse P. Turner
Moral Monday CT Education Ambassador

Just in case Madame Secretary you are a fan of music, and are wondering what does this walking listen to on his it is Johnny Cash's "Hurt"

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