Early Childhood Learning: Brain Science and the Effects of Stress and Trauma

Wednesday January 8, 2020
Online directions for access to the webinar will be sent to registered participants


Early Childhood Learning: Brain Science and the Effects of Stress and Trauma is a 2.5 hour webinar which will introduce the participant to the science behind learning and how stress and trauma can effect a young child’s ability to engage and participate in learning activities.  Participants will learn how context and relationships impact learning and adversity, trauma, and stress can hinder a child’s development and learning.


Following this webinar the participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how stress, trauma, and adversity impacts the brain, learning, and development
  2. Define the three areas of the brain that respond to stress
  3. Define Adverse Child Experiences and explain their impact on young children
  4. Discuss how to create positive learning environments to mitigate the effects of stress, trauma, and adversity on young children


Heidi ReedHeidi Reed is the Director, Professional Learning at Turn Around for Children.  Heidi joined Turnaround for Children in 2017 as an Instructional Coach in Washington, D.C. and has also been a Curriculum Design Specialist and Leadership Development Coach in partnership with RELAY Graduate School of Education and Georgetown Medstar.

Prior to joining Turnaround, Heidi served as an assistant principal at DC Prep’s Edgewood Middle Campus, one of the highest-performing public charter networks in the city, where she supported culture and academic initiatives. One of Heidi’s biggest projects was leading organization-wide efforts to fully adopt the Next Generation Science Standards in grades K-8. Previously, she worked as a grade-level leader, department chair and teacher.
Heidi started her educational work in Washington, D.C. in 2007 as a Teach for America Corps member. Before that, she worked for the Neighborhood Schools Program at the University of Chicago, was a research assistant at the Chapin Hall Center for Children and participated in a fellowship at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

Heidi earned her B.A. at the University of Chicago graduating with honors in a unique, interdisciplinary major called law, letters and society.


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