Thinking and Learning Together: Applying an Educational Intervention for Children Affected by Violence in Northern Uganda to a U.S. Classroom

Adolescents affected by violence express a strong desire to learn at school. However, once
there, whether affected by armed conflict, structural violence, the school-to-prison pipeline, or other traumatic experiences, they face multiple barriers to learning. Therefore, new ideas are needed. This promising intervention, originating in Northern Uganda and utilized in Oakland, California, applies new developments in attachment theory, along with key elements of community resilience to create a trauma-informed, culturally integrated approach that has shown promising results in both contexts.

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