2019 Tennessee Code
Title 49 - Education
Chapter 1 - State Administration
Part 2 - Department of Education
§ 49-1-230. Development of training programs for adverse childhood experiences.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 49-1-230 (2019)
  • (a) As used in this section, “adverse childhood experiences” or “ACEs” mean stressful or traumatic events experienced by a minor child. ACEs include, but are not limited to, a child witnessing, or being the victim of, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, parental separation or divorce, and incarceration.

  • (b) The department of education shall develop an evidence-based training program on ACEs for school leaders and teachers. The training may be delivered through the trainer of trainers model under § 49-1-213, and shall include:

    • (1) The effects of ACEs on a child's mental, physical, social, behavioral, emotional, and cognitive development;

    • (2) ACEs as a risk factor for the development of substance abuse disorders and other at-risk health behaviors;

    • (3) Trauma-informed principles and practices for classrooms; and

    • (4) How early identification of children exposed to one (1) or more ACEs may improve educational outcomes.

  • (c) An LEA may develop its own ACEs training program to make available to the LEA's school personnel.

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