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Can Our Schools be Places to Heal Trauma?


This is the subject of a Zoom conversation with a sensational panel of educators/psychologists on January 27th at 5:00 p.m. --- for free.  The flyer is attached.   Meet Ed Wang (Harvard Medical School; MGH); Pat Neal (experienced educator; counselor; leader of non-profits); Sakina McGruder (elementary school educator; member Delta Kappa Gamma Women Educator Honor Society).

Now, the answer to the question in my view is yes.  But, we need to act on not just talk about change.  We need trauma responsive pedagogy and institutions.  We need to name, tame and frame trauma and its symptomology.

Join the conversation.   Participate.   Look forward to seeing you there.


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Two useful tools to keep in mind:

1.) Have several dozen students anonymously fill out the 1-page ACE Questionnaire. Pool the results and, bringing them together in an auditorium, project their pooled, anonymous results, and ask them what they think those results mean.  Freed of personal identity, the audience is notably open in their responses and discussion.

2.) Ask a class if they have ever written a play before.  "No?  Well, today we're going to learn how to write a play.  Let's write a play about a house where a kid is getting hurt.  Where is the house: in town or out in the country?  And who lives in it?  What are they like?  And what is happening?", etc.  Given the anonymity of 'make-believe', people are free to draw on their own unconscious.

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