Tagged With "Trauma-Sensitive"

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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Daun Kauffman ·
Sorry, having trouble with the link Mr. Kluck. Daun
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Daun Kauffman ·
OK, got the link to work. Thank you for sharing. Results seem impressive ! Would you fill in some blanks on total student population before/after ? number of "engagement coaches" ? class size before/after ? have you gotten same results at other schools ? Did you get the same results in 2013/2014 school year ? Are you still there for 2014/2015 year ? Did you share results/get response from SDP ? Daun
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Wendy Stokesbary ·
Thank you Daun for this insider's summary regarding the elephant in the room named TRAUMA. I have made the comment that really the public school is the largest social service agency we've got but nobody but me views it that way (I guess that sounds like a bleeding heart liberal). The remedies seem overwhelming, but your emphasis on an environment of safety instilled by training the adults make sense. As a mental health professional who has had some experience working in public schools, I...
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Daun Kauffman ·
Thank you Wendy ! I couldn't agree more regarding both teacher training and schools(and teachers in classroom) providing social services. My post on "Do children have the right to be safe ?" contains a section on the U. S. Educational System shortfalls (vs. legal and healthcare systems). In spite of seemingly being the most broad, most frequented, most convenient (neighborhood), and probably most crucial system to receive children in efficient 'brain states. Acknowlegement of, and response...
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Daun Kauffman ·
Wendy, also see my comment at the end of RWJF blog on Culture of Health http://lucidwitness.com/2014/0...a-culture-of-health/
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Re: Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm ?

Steven Dahl ·
Greetings All - I am jumping in as I have what may be a somewhat unique perspective on the topic of funding (or fueling) the work we are generally engaged in from within various roles. As a central office admin for 10 years I knew that content literacy (ie, reading, math, science, etc) was important. From a resiliency and asset management perspective, I also knew that learners impacted by trauma/neglect/ACE's were at a distinct disadvantage with peers who did not contend with such adversity.
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Re: Be part of a breathtaking tipping point !

robert hull ·
Duan In case you were not aware the national education association is supporting teachers who have traumatized students in their classrooms. So you have union support for trauma informed education. See the article at Best practices for supporting and educating students who have experienced domestic violence or sexual victimization. http://www.nea.org/home/62845.htm
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Re: Educational Trauma

Leif Cid ·
Great work. Looking forward to reading more of your articles.
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Re: Educational Trauma

robert hull ·
Great point often children are shown the hand of avoidance rather than the hand of compassion. Have you read up on this concept of sanctuary trauma?
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Re: Educational Trauma

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray ·
Thanks! No, I hadn't heard of Sanctuary Trauma. Thank you for mentioning it! Reminds me of Freyd's Betrayal Trauma . Yes, children need empathy and compassion. Aiming to mitigate Educational Trauma with EmpathicEducation for a CompassionateNation. Here's a blog about it: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...-thin_b_7696404.html Kindly, Lee-Anne
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Re: Educational Trauma

robert hull ·
yeah i use freyds work in my class that i use for teachers especially those teachers working in the criminal justice system
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Re: Educational Trauma

Kary Wilson ·
I was a teacher for the last 7 years and have had to leave permanently because I felt the stress created by the education system was causing real harm to the students, their families, and myself. The environment triggered me because it reminded me of my own dysfunctional family - never talk about the real problems and push all issues under the rug, and find a worthy scapegoat. The scapegoat was the administration. I tried everything to stay in education - I adored working with the kids - but...
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Re: Educational Trauma

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray ·
Dear Kary, Thank you for commenting on my post. I was very touched by your experience, and the clarity with which you see it. Karen Horowitz wrote "White Chalk Crime," and says that teachers are abused and scapegoated by the educational system. She compiled 678 pages of stories... May I help with your noble cause of shedding light on teacher trauma? Please email me drgray(at)me(dot)com if you are interested. Teachers need a team of heroes! Warmly, Lee-Anne
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine

Melissa Sadin ·
This is an excellent piece!!! Educators need to ask "What's happened to this child?" rather than "What's wrong with this child?" when confronted with inappropriate or acting out behaviors. Children come to school each day and give the best they have, even if that best includes ripping up paper and kicking and screaming. Teachers and administrators need to provide effective and appropriate opportunities for children with trauma to release their pent up frustration. They need to keep these...
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine

Daun Kauffman ·
Thank you so much Melissa ! Thank you for your passion, your insight and your support.
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine

Julie Beem ·
Daun - THANK YOU! This is incredibly real and pertinent storytelling of what traumatized children can look like in our schools and how they can be misunderstood. I'm sharing with everyone I know here in Georgia is is advocating for changes based on the DOJ's findings of illegally segregating facilities, called GNETS, for children with emotional disturbances. A disproportionate number of these children are foster/adopt (hugely at risk of trauma) and who knows about the rest -- high levels of...
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine

Daun Kauffman ·
Thank you Julie, I am so thankful. I'm also a little overwhelmed. Thank you so much for all you are doing in Georgia ! On a "higher order" note, some of it seems like " Common Sense " at the national level, if you are so inclined to rattle cages about ESEA and NoChildLeft Behind. (An earlier blog at LucidWitness.com) Peace
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine

Former Member ·
Thanks Daun I love this non-fictional piece. What is so hard for me is that what is so obvious to me like gravity or the sky is blue is so not obvious to others. I cannot wait for the critical mass to move us all to where we understand, are compassionate and move society to health so all kids have a chance. I read the Compton lawsuit and I just keep shaking my head... I'd never try to get that dropped, I'd move to action to help those kids... Keep writing... I'll keep tweeting and sharing...
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Re: Educational Trauma

Kary Wilson ·
Lee-Anne, I am so sorry for the delay in response! I will send you an email shortly. Kary
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Louise Godbold ·
I was riveted by this post, Daun. You write so well and with so much passion and knowledge. Thank you for sharing this. I am forwarding immediately to our trauma-informed schools team.
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Daun Kauffman ·
Wow ! Thank you so much Louise for your support, encouragement and your kind words. The 'partner' piece is on ACEsConnection and at my blog, LucidWitness.com : "Peek Inside a Classroom: Jasmine". That piece primarily highlights hyperarousal and hyper-vigilance. Daun
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Louise Godbold ·
I will certainly take a look at that. I'm wondering if you are considering coming to our conference in March?http://www.echoparenting.org/professional-services/conferences It's a national forum on trauma-informed schools and we were hoping that we could form some 'learning circles'. We have lots of experts who have applied to do workshops (people who usually train in this stuff) but we were also looking for practitioners to lead a circle to discuss challenges, best practices, etc. with no...
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Daun Kauffman ·
PS: Louise Is the "Trauma-Informed Schools Team" part of LAUSD ?
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Louise Godbold ·
We are working with LAUSD - pilot project in Sally Ride Elementary and training all 300 Psychiatric Social Workers in School Mental Health - but we are an independent nonprofit. Echo Parenting & Education http://www.echoparenting.org/wsi
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Daun Kauffman ·
PPSS Louise, 1) Hmmm, well I am very honored by your invitation to the conferrence. It MAY be possible. The issue will be taking time away during the school year. However, my son is out there and it'd be great to incorporate some time with him .... Thinking (when would you need to know ?) 2) Wouild it be possible to post "Peek Inside" to your Facebook page? Daun daunkauffman@gmail.com
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Louise Godbold ·
What a good idea! We can indeed do that. Deadline for workshop applications has already gone (we are sending them to our illustrious Advisory Committee to select our line-up). Why don't you think about it and then let us know if it's a possibility. We could work something out... a break out room, or something.
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Brenda Yuen ·
Daun, I truly appreciated your blog - the depth of understanding and development of the reality of trauma inside our schools! I'm putting together a packet for my own public school system's Board of Education (3 members) whom I will meet with in November. I think this is a powerful example of what we need to see, and how we can help. Thank you so much. Brenda Gregory Yuen North Potomac, MD
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Daun Kauffman ·
I am so thrilled (and astonished) to see advocacy efforts move forward. I always wonder what happens to pieces (and their suggestions), once thery are 'released' into cyberspace. Thank you so much for the feedback, and for your work, Brenda!
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Louise Godbold ·
We shared your blog on our Facebook page: Echo Parenting & Education. Lou
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Daun Kauffman ·
Thank you so much Louise :-)
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Daun Kauffman ·
Louise, don't forget that "Peek Inside" is a two part series. "Jose" illustrates dissociation. The other part "Jasmine" illustrates hyperarousal / hypervigilance. Here http://lucidwitness.com/2015/0...-inside-a-classroom/
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom: Jose

Kris Downing ·
Great article, Daun. You have wonderful insight. I wish you well in sharing it out with the education world. I've recently posted information on a free video Trauma Training for Educators - that highlights many of these same points regarding children and trauma. If you're interested in seeing it - www.ciscentraltexas.org/resources/traumatraining/ Best of luck to you, Kris
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Re: An Epic Battle for Public Education: A Front Line View

Jennifer Fraser ·
Powerful...in Canada...certainly British Columbia...a similar movement is at work in the political sphere it would seem. Wrote about the lack of regulation and the support of operating like a "business" in private schools in BC. For those interested see http://www.amazon.com/Teaching...ssroom/dp/0994082029
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Re: Oregon State educators visit Cherokee Point Elementary in San Diego

Vincent J. Felitti, MD ·
What an impressive job you all have done here, Dana. It's of enormous importance. Perhaps Jane Stevens has some idea about how to get this to every School Board in the state.
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Re: Oregon State educators visit Cherokee Point Elementary in San Diego

Thank you Dr. Felitti. Your graciousness is tremendously appreciated. Your groundbreaking research is breaking through endemically diseased roots in our society and the transformation of the children, youth and families is bringing hope and healing to our communities.
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Re: Oregon State educators visit Cherokee Point Elementary in San Diego

Julie Beem ·
Hurrah Cherokee Point, Godwin Higa and Dana Brown! How wonderful to share your program design and successes! Every school in America needs this. Can't wait to meet you this week Dana...and learn more about all you're doing!
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Re: Oregon State educators visit Cherokee Point Elementary in San Diego

Thank you Julie! Excitedly, please know I look forward to meeting you and your ATN team this week. What an exhilarating juncture we are all at with influencing trauma informed systems change with policy and decision makers. Thank you Julie for everything you and your team does for so many parents and their children.
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Re: Trauma Informed Schools—An Essential for Student & Staff Success, Part 3: The Holistic Approach

Jim Sporleder ·
A very good article, when we let go of traditional disciplinary practices and approach our students with compassion, a voice, and hope... You can have these amazing outcomes. Thank you for all you are doing to create change for our struggling students, it provides them the hope for their future.
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Re: Trauma Informed Schools—An Essential for Student & Staff Success, Part 3: The Holistic Approach

Jennifer Fraser ·
Excellent article. I would like to add the importance of a "trauma informed" approach in the wealthiest schools as well. These are often Boarding Schools full of international students who are very much at risk because, certainly in Canada, and until recently in Britain, and I assume in the US as well, there is almost no oversight. These children are at risk because English is their second-language, and their parents are far away and culturally/ linguistically not necessarily in a position...
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Re: When bad news gets to be too much

Brandon Nelson Wait ·
Thanks for sharing, this article gives good advice and healthy ways to share with students. I love'd the Mr. Rogers quote and picture!
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom

Landa C. Harrison, LPC ·
Thanks for this post Sandy and Daun! To say it is urgent we transform our schools and communities is by far the key priority facing educators and public health officials today! There remains minimal benefit from common core and standardized testing if we cannot help children (and staff) learn emotion regulation and so so post haste! I couldn't agree more with your post. As a team member who has co-authored and worked with Sandy Bloom, Sarah Yanosy and a few others on some of Sanctuary's most...
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom

Jennifer Fraser ·
Considering the recent suicide by hanging of a 13 year old boy in Staten Island, Danny Fitzpatrick, I believe we must intensify the above. We must discuss that sometimes teachers, coaches, school administrators are the ones causing trauma in children and they are not remotely safe people to "listen" to or protect a child. We have to take a hard, honest look at Bullying in schools, which continues to rise, and ask the question: hate is a learned behaviour...so who is teaching bullying? We...
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom

Daun Kauffman ·
Jennifer, the issue needs to be explicitly, directly addressed. I agree. I'm not sure if "carrot" or "stick" is best, maybe combination... Thanks for sharing, and for your passion!
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom

Jennifer Fraser ·
Hi Daun, I think combo of carrot and stick, but as we've discovered, carrot won't work until stick is brandished. As soon as we attach serious consequences to emotional abuse, adults who bully kids, then everyone will get educated fast. When we wanted to stop people smoking and harming others with second hand smoke, we quickly implemented laws that fined people and threatened jail. Everyone is now well educated about the harms of smoking and second-hand smoke. If suicide was the second...
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Re: Peek Inside a Classroom

Daun Kauffman ·
Hey Jennifer, I have the same request for advice with politicians. In the case of developmental trauma at our city and our state levels, the first goal is simply "awareness". Even with me as an example, I had to dig around and dig around to eventually put pieces together to begin to grasp the portion of the concept that I know have. Maybe I should expand that slightly to be "accurate" awareness. At any rate, folks should not have to dig around that hard to get informed. After "awareness"...
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Re: Is Your School Ready to be Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive?

Melissa Sadin ·
Leisa, Thank you for this valuable information! Melissa
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Re: CLICK FOR RESOURCES: TRAUMA-INFORMED EDUCATION

Louise Godbold ·
Thanks, Dan, for putting together this amazing array of resources. Lou
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Re: Co-Regulation with Students " At-Risk"-- Calming Together

Daun Kauffman ·
Please share a PSA link to help grow public awareness of the impacts of developmental trauma. There are so many of us who’ve never heard of the overpowering, life-long impacts. Click HERE for links designed to use in social media: https://lucidwitness.com/2016/...nt-in-the-classroom/
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Re: Webinar: Addressing Trauma In Community Schools, Tuesday Nov 29th 2-3pm EST

Emerald Montgomery ·
Here are links to the recording and presentation slides: Click here for the recording Click here for a PDF of the presentation slides
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Re: 1st Annual Trauma-Informed Schools Conference

Daun Kauffman ·
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