Prolonged trauma and toxic stress interrupt normal brain development in children and increase the risk for future physical and mental health problems, risky behavior, and additional trauma exposure.   About 51 percent of Delaware children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their childhood, and 23% of those children have experienced two or more traumatic events in their childhood.  Children impacted by trauma are more likely to be retained, suspended, expelled, and placed in special education services.

The Brain Architecture Game engages participants in a hands-on experience that builds understanding of the powerful role life events have on early brain development – what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society.

Presented by Deborah Stevens, Director of Instructional Advocacy, Delaware State Education Association

Deborah is the Director of Instructional Advocacy for the Delaware State Education Association. Her responsibilities include analysis and policy/program development related to education reform and associated issues and policies affecting DSEA members, Delaware public schools, and their students. She serves on a wide variety of state committees addressing such topics as childhood trauma, educator evaluation, educator licensure and certification, educator compensation, professional development, and leadership. Prior to coming to Delaware, Deborah taught for 17 years in the Oxford Public School District in Massachusetts. She was also an adjunct professor in the Massachusetts State College system. Deborah received a B.S.Ed. and an M.Ed. from Worcester State University and an M.S.O.D. from American University.