ACES (Adverse Childhood ExperienceS)

There is not a single person on Earth who has not experienced some form of trauma. Some people experience more traumatic events than others. The wayWhat we go through shapes who we are and how we interact with the world. This is important to remember this, especially when your work involves children. Trauma is difficult for adults to manage. We must remember children who are experiencing or have experienced trauma need empathy, compassion and to be taught how to handle big emotions. As professionals working with youth, knowing where our students come from and what they have experienced is key in helping them to achieve success in school and life. 

One tool to better understand a child’s history is the Adverse Childhood Experience(s) (ACES) scale. These adverse experiences include abuse; physical, emotional and sexual, neglect, a history is mental illness in the family, violence and substance abuse. For every incident a child has encountered their score increases. A high ACES score does not mean one is doomed for failure. What it does mean is an individual is at a higher risk for substance abuse, mental illness, and chronic health problems. Fortunately, in upcoming posts we will discuss ways to change our thinking patterns-actually rewiring our brain-to increase a person’s quality of life and future success. 

Click on here to take the ACES screener for yourself or students. Use this information to develop an appropriate action plan and to understand a child’s past. What experience have you had with ACES and/or Childhood Trauma? (We could post Stats for ACES Data on Social Media to accompany this if you want). 

SiLAS March Newsletter

Something to think about…
“Change your thoughts, change your world.”
–  Norman Vincent Peale

Spring is on the horizon! The sun can certainly change your thinking. Enjoy the nice days when they arrive and count your blessings on those days the sun doesn’t shine. With just our thought, we can retrain our brain! It is up to us to decide if we will increase the joy or feed the moody! JOY is much more fun.

Software and Curriculum Updates

Our Foundational Curriculum is almost complete! Like the basic level, the Table of Contents has been removed. The lesson and independent student activities are located directly underneath the lesson introduction. We have even added a link to the Pre and Post tests right in the lesson. The Foundational level is designed for students in grades 3-5 or those who have some exposure to the skill being covered. The content is written with Bloom’s Taxonomy in mind. The questions and responses require a higher level of thinking when compared to the Basic lessons. Students are asked to apply and analyze the material presented during the traditional teaching portion. Quick tip; use knowledge application as an evaluation criteria when scoring animations.

Global SEL Day

March 26th marks the second annual Social Emotional Learning day! We know how vital social emotional learning is in shaping our lives. Unfortunately, there is a huge population of people who don’t! The Urban Assembly and SEL4US decided to change the narrative on mental health and social emotional well-being. Bringing to light research and outcomes is the best way to spread the news. How will you celebrate SEL Day? Ready to join the movement? Check out this link for ideas and to signup and help SEL become a priority!

Spring Training 2021

This year, it isn’t just the baseball players who have been “off the field” all winter.  With school schedules changing quicker than a Nolan Ryan fastball, SiLAS understands that you may be in need of a quick tutorial or a deeper dive into understanding how our curriculum can be applied to students’ issues about re-entering school, their diminished social skills and coping in general.  We are offering training to you individually or as a school at no cost, simply contact to schedule a time.

Rewards & Recognition
Garden State Film Festival 

Chris Dudick, CEO SiLAS, was named “2021 Educator of the Year” by the Garden State Film Festival for SiLAS’ use of animated film in education.  Chris and the team at SiLAS gratefully share this award with you, our fellow educators and congratulate your students, for making their first award winning films.

“The best success, for me, is not one trophy. It’s not harmony. It’s when players improve and grow- Unai Emer

Garden State Film Festival Podcast with Chris Dudick and Bernadette Mullen

SiLAS November 2020 Newsletter

Multi-Player = More People + More Places + More Fun!

We have been actively listening to the needs of our education partners, like you, and continue to develop and enhance both the in person and remote SiLAS user experience.

SiLAS’ Multi-Player “Create Room” feature will allow students and teachers to create animations no matter the educational setting! The steps to connect are simple; first, the teacher creates a secure link. The links are then sent to the students. The last step is to have students click the link on their own devices (wherever they may be) and record their social animation!  All that is needed is a computer with both a keyboard and internal microphone. Check out the Create Room tutorials below. We promise you will be ready to start creating social animations from anywhere!

Create Room Tutorial
Create Room In-School
Create Room Google Hangout / Zoom

Even Avatars Wear Masks!
As art imitates life, so does SiLAS.  Silas and all his friends have the option to mask up.  Users choose the mask by selecting the mask option directly under the microphone setting.

What People Are Saying
Shout out to Mrs. Norman and Mrs McManus from Asbury Park, NJ!  We love when teachers show us their creative uses for SiLAS!  Follow us and post the great things SiLAS makes happen in the classroom (or livingroom)!

Share the Love
All WE need is love! This SiLAS team has been feeling the love from educators, students and families! Love may not be ALL WE need, but WE can never get enough! STAY TUNED to see how YOU too can “Share the Love!”

Rewards & Recognition
We are elated and honored to have been shortlisted for Reimagine Education’s Sustainability Award. Known as the “Oscars” of education, this global competition and conference showcase innovative approaches that enhance student learning outcomes and employability, Winners will be announced during next month’s Reimagine Education Week.

Stay Connected!
We have relaunched our social media channels! If you aren’t already following us, NOW is the time!  We will be sharing the latest news, updates, and engaging in important conversations with all of YOU.  And we promise to make you smile too!