Someone San Diego Should Know: Educator’s emphasis is learning students’ needs (


The increase in hate- and discrimination-motivated incidents in the United States has a major impact on children and their learning journey. These traumatic incidents are the leading factors in childhood trauma, because they pose a threat to the child’s life or bodily integrity. Childhood trauma is also identified as one of the barriers to high academic achievement and success for students. Yet, this issue has largely been ignored by our education system.

Godwin Higa is trying to change that.

An advocate for trauma-informed education, Higa is former principal of the first Trauma Informed School in San Diego, Cherokee Point Elementary School.

He successfully embraced the trauma-informed model and restorative justice practices. With the support of the counselors, teachers and parent leaders were trained to proactively engage and collectively co-create a strategic plan to address the problem and its underlying issues. Furthermore, parent leaders trained other parents on trauma-informed care.

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