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Books by Dr. M. L. Matthews

  • Urban ACEs: How to Reach and Teach Students Traumatized by Adverse Childhood Experiences

    “Dr. Matthews has provided the Swiss-Army-Knife of ACEs literature…”

    –G. A. Hardaway Sr., Tennessee State Representative, Chairman, TN Black Caucus of State Legislators

    In Urban ACEs, Matthews uses his personal testimony as a troubled urban student in Memphis along with strategies gained from trauma-informed training to illustrate how a youth struggling with adverse childhood experiences can graduate high school and college when supported by using a trauma-informed approach. Urban ACEs is a guidebook written by a Doctor of Education with a documented history of success as a teacher and administrator in urban schools. His personal testimony, academic credentials, and professional results come together to form the ultimate guidebook for educators and parents.


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Dr. Marcus Matthews is an educator, speaker and author who holds a doctorate in higher and adult education, a master's in teaching, instruction, and curriculum leadership, and a bachelor's degree in journalism. Matthews' Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior (RTI2-B) Team facilitated a 26 percent decrease in out-of-school suspensions in 2019 while Matthews was a middle school dean of students in Memphis.