When educators learn about the devastating impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), childhood trauma, and toxic stress on a child’s developing body, brain, and behavior, they often remark, “Well...what do I do now?” The Regulated Classroom answers that question.
In this three-day intensive camp experience, educators will deepen self-awareness and capacity for self-regulation through a new approach to trauma-informed teaching. The Regulated Classroom: Bottom-Up Trauma-Informed Teaching is an approach to creating a connected classroom environment by understanding the human nervous system and its role in human behavior.
Educators experience their own stress reactions when they encounter challenging student behaviors. This dynamic human experience undermines connection between educators and their students. The Regulated Classroom helps educators develop self-awareness about stress activation in their nervous system and their capacity for self-regulation.
They learn to recognize the signs of stress “activation” and “settling” in their bodies through various nature-based activities, sensory tools, and four kinds of classroom practices – Connectors, Activators, Soothers, and Affirmations. These tools and practices can be incorporated into classroom routines as a means of stress regulation for educators and their students.
The three-day intensive camp experience is led by Emily Read Daniels, M.Ed., MBA, NCC, SEP™ in training, the founder of HERE this NOW and the developer of The Regulated Classroom. Daniels, an avid hiker and nature lover, formerly led adventure expeditions for Delaware Futures and was a camp counselor and day camp director at YMCA Camp Hi-Rock in the Berkshires of Massachusetts for several summers.
Daniels developed The Regulated Classroom after spending more than 20 years fine tuning her capacity for self-regulation in order to support vulnerable youth as a school counselor and educator. The approach is informed by principles of Somatic Experiencing,™ Responsive Classroom,™ Project Adventure,™ and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.™
Registration is now live and can be found at www.herethisnow.org/workshops/#regulatedclassroom