Alternative school seeks trauma-skilled certification

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — As schools across New Hampshire and the nation start emphasizing social and emotional learning, an alternative high school in Rochester is going a step further.

Bud Carlson Academy, part of the Rochester School District, is going through a two-year process to become the state’s first trauma-skilled certified school. The process, developed by the National Dropout Prevention Center, involves restructuring a school’s climate, modifying instruction and giving educators skills to boost achievement for students affected by trauma.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports that about a fifth of the students have had a parent die, and even more are homeless or have been homeless in the last 18 months. Officials say the trauma certification program focuses on the idea of resiliency and the importance of being able to rebound from negative events.

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