Susan Ward-Roncalli

About Susan Ward-Roncalli

Susan Ward-Roncalli is a Social Emotional Learning Facilitator for the Division of Instruction with the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was a National Board Certified Teacher and has over 30 years of classroom experience. She is currently working on a PhD at Claremont Graduate University.

How Social Emotional Learning Can Mitigate the Effects of Trauma

Advances in many fields—including neuroscience and psychology—have moved the work in social emotional learning (SEL) forward over the last fifteen years. We know that early experiences shape a child’s developing neurological and biological systems for better or worse, and that the types of stressful experiences that are common in families living in poverty can alter children’s neurobiology in ways that undermine their ability to succeed in school and in life (Thompson, 2014).

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