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  • Creating Compassionate Classrooms: Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

  • 3 Credits, Classroom Management

Creating Compassionate Classrooms: Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
Creating Compassionate Classrooms: Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

Every day across the country, students enter classrooms bearing concerns that go far beyond academics.  Creating Compassionate Schools provides Montana teachers with an understanding of how students can overcome adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by adopting compassionate methodologies in the classroom and learning community. Research and scientific rationale support the need for compassionate schooling to support children with ACEs, including students who are in a continual state of physical and emotional stress or have experienced a singular traumatic event.

This course includes tools, strategies, and resources to create a compassionate classroom and to collaborate with colleagues to create a school-wide culture of care.  These principles and practices that create learning conditions that alleviate the interference of traumatic experiences that are beyond the teacher’s and student’s control.

Throughout this course, Montana learners will look carefully at social emotional learning standards in the K-12 setting, which define competencies students need for success in all aspects of life. The competencies must be taught with a compassionate approach to reach victims of stress and trauma. Traditional methods of discipline have failed to support the social and emotional needs of students overcoming ACEs. This course provides teachers with the methods that ensure these students’ needs are met through a unique, compassionate effort that does not rely upon punitive measures.

Integrating a plan to create a compassionate school community requires input from multiples parties. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and other school personnel will all benefit from incorporating these practices into their daily routine. This course will allow educators to implement compassionate school methods into a district by replacing traditional, punitive methods of discipline with positive behavior intervention supports, incorporating SEL in the curriculum, partnering with community members to mitigate the effects of poverty, and addressing all barriers for students with complex needs.

Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, 104, 088 students were reported homeless in New York City alone. While this is just one example of a traumatic event students may face throughout their school year, this is a substantial number of students for whom traditional discipline and management routines will fail. These students, along with others, require a school culture that is built upon compassion, while identifying and supporting their needs in order to build them a bridge to success.

To Enroll in a Course:

  • Select the course or courses you wish to take.
  • Select either  Course Only (you will receive a Certificate of Completion, which may be used to obtain Renewal Units) or Course + Credits (to receive an official university transcript).
  • CE Credits Online is an approved provider of Renewal Units in Montana.
  • See our University Partners page to review our regionally accredited university partners who provide graduate-level university credits for our courses.
  • Add course or courses to the Cart and follow the enrollment and payment prompts to complete your order.
  • You will have 6 months (180 days) to complete your courses from date of purchase. Extensions are available for an additional fee.
  • If you have any questions, check out our FAQs or email support@cecreditsonline.org.

How to Obtain Montana License Renewal Units:

CE Credits Online is a Montana State approved provider for Renewal Units

The State of Montana requires you to complete the Registration and Verification Form for each CE Credits Online course you complete.

If you wish to receive renewal units for your completed course(s) please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the CE Credits Online office at support@cecreditsonline.org for your Registration and Verification Form, once your course is completed. Provide your name, the course you completed and that you are requesting a Montana Registration and Verification Form.
  2. CE Credits Online will email you the form with the CE Credits Online portion of the form completed.
  3. Complete your part of the sections on the Registration and Verification Form. The form requires you to include the Instructor of Record, which is found on your Certificate of Completion.
  4. Remember all events you use to obtain License Renewal Units must be completed within your current five-year license renewal cycle.
  5. Be sure that the information provided in Sections I, II, III is accurate and complete. If any information is missing, the form may not be acceptable for license renewal.
  6. The original copy of this certificate is required to be included with the application for educator license.

You will no longer be required to send in official transcripts and renewal unit certificates at the time of renewal application! Renewal applications will now be randomly audited to verify accuracy. Therefore, even though you no longer need to submit your documents at the time your complete your renewal application, you will need to have them for your records. If your application is chosen for audit you will have 60 days to submit your documents for verification. Your license will NOT be issued if you are unable to provide the documents needed to verify your professional development activities.

Find Your Montana renewal requirements

It is recommended that you keep a copy of all application materials submitted for license renewal. It is particularly important that you keep a copy of each Registration and Verification Form in case an audit of renewal applications of provider records is initiated.

If you have any questions please contact us via email support@cecreditsonline.org or call 425-788-7275 ext. 104

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