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Academic Distinction Fund Distinguished Speaker Series - "Children Who See Too Much"


Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 · 4:00 pm


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"Children Who See Too Much"
Exposure to Violence in Early Childhood: Risk, Resilience and Opportunities for Intervention

Academic Distinction Fund Hosts Distinguished Speaker Series Presentation September 13

BATON ROUGE – Betsy McAlister Groves, MSW, LICSW, a licensed social worker and founding director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, will speak to the Baton Rouge community at a Distinguished Speaker Series session hosted by Academic Distinction Fund (ADF) on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Avenue, in Baton Rouge. The event is free and open to the public.

ADF is a major collaborator among schools, businesses, and the community and acts as a catalyst for private sector leadership in advancing public education in East Baton Rouge Public School System (EBRPSS). Program check-in is from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the presentation will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended.

Author of Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project (2002), Groves’ practice and research interests focus on the impact of community and family violence on young children, and on engaging community systems in identifying and responding to children who are affected by violence in their environments.

“The needs of young children who are exposed to violence, or other kinds of trauma, are often overlooked because of the belief that they are too young to understand or be affected,” Groves says. Her presentation will review the research on early childhood trauma, discuss lessons learned about resilience and coping, and explain individual and collective strategies for professionals and community residents to support young children and their families affected by violence.

In addition to her work at Boston Medical Center, Groves holds appointments as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, Lecturer at Harvard University, and serves on both the National Advisory Commission for the Office of Violence Against Women and the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She has also served in various advisory and consultative capacities for the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Additionally, Groves has published extensively on topics related to childhood trauma and intervention.

The ADF Distinguished Speaker Series is designed to provide critical information on the latest early childhood development research and best practices. The series is the first of its kind in East Baton Rouge Parish to address issues facing infants and children, ages zero-to-five, says ADF Executive Director Martis Jones, Ph.D.

The ADF Distinguished Speaker Series is directed to East Baton Rouge Parish teachers, pre-K providers and administrators, parents and families, business leaders, education stakeholders, nonprofit organizations and public officials who ultimately impact all prekindergarten children in East Baton Rouge Parish and beyond. The research-based presentations engage early childhood experts to address what it takes for children to be successful in kindergarten and first grade, regardless of their socio-economic and racial backgrounds.

Funding for ADF Distinguished Speaker Series comes from ADF and ExxonMobil. Additional sponsors include Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, the Boo Grigsby Foundation, Turner Industries, and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Planning partners include the Office of the Mayor-President “Kip” Holden, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, School Aids, Family Behavioral Health Center, Family Service of GBR, Louisiana Department of Education, Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, and Interim Dean Laura Lindsay of the LSU College of Education, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and the EBRPSS Title I Parental Involvement Office.

Please email or call 922-4560 to register for this free community education event.


About Academic Distinction Fund
Since 1989, Academic Distinction Fund (ADF) has engaged community leadership and resources to support innovative actions that lead to academic excellence for students in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. ADF promotes academic achievement for all students, encourages best practices in education, supports teachers in their work and professional growth, and fosters improved teaching and learning in public schools. This mission is achieved through programming focused on early childhood, private sector collaborations, and education advocacy efforts. Since 1991, ADF has awarded 1740 grants to teachers, totaling more than $2 million. Annually, thousands of students in pre-K and K-12 in East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) benefit directly by ADF investments.

As the Baton Rouge area local education fund, ADF advances strong public school education, particularly when it comes to giving children a “strong start.”


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