Tagged With "trauma-informed schools"

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Child Trauma and the Challenge of Inclusive Education

Dr. Kay Ayre ·
Picture this. Its 10:00 am and you have had to evacuate students from your class. There are posters on the floor, several of them ripped up. Pens and markers thrown across the room. You have one student, Carly, standing in front of you, with a chair raised over her head, threatening to throw it at you. Carly’s eyes are glazed over, she keeps calling you “mum” and you’re worried she is going to step onto a shard of your favourite coffee mug she broke a few minutes back. What are you going to...
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Now available: recording of Chris Blodgett's talk on trauma-informed communities

Laura Norton-Cruz ·
Dr. Chris Blodgett spoke on Thursday, Nov 3rd at the Anchorage Loussac Library to a room of nearly 140 people and 60 more online. His talk "From ACEs to Action: How Communities Can Improve Well-Being and Resilience" was approximately two hours long. Access the webinar video, audio file, and slides here.
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Job Posting: Assistant Director/Lead Coach Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative, Deadline to apply 4/13/17

The Assistant Director position is a two-year grant funded position, with the potential for extension, with Los Angeles Education Partnership. This project is designed to support and implement a trauma-informed school environment in selected K-12 schools both within and outside of California through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente. A central component of this project’s approach to a trauma-informed school environment is to embed practices at each school that prioritize the wellness of...
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Webinar- Trauma-Informed Instruction: The new foundation for a positive school climate

Trauma-Informed Instruction: The new foundation for a positive school climate Please join us for a free one-hour webinar next week on Trauma-Informed Instruction for K-12 educators and administrators. We hope you'll consider joining us on Wednesday, September 7th at 2:00pm Eastern. In this webinar, Leora Wolf-Prusan, Ed.D. (School Climate & Student Support Specialist at WestEd) and Lara Kain (Senior Director of Transform Schools at Los Angeles Education Partnership) will discuss: The...
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What's the Benefit of Attending the Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools?

Julie Beem ·
The 1st annual Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools drew over 500 education professionals to Washington DC. We're planning next year's conference now. Here are some insights from attendees on the conference. The call for workshop presentations for CTSS 2019 is currently OPEN. Learn more here . Sign up to get notification about registration...which is opening by August 1, 2018. Join us in DC in February 2019 for the comprehensive, international conference to create trauma-informed...
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An Important Event for Anyone in Higher Education in the Philadelphia Region

Leslie Lieberman ·
The Need for Trauma-Informed Curricula at Institutions of Higher Learning: A Call to Action On October 20th, Children's Crisis Treatment Center , The Philadelphia University Community and Trauma Counseling Program and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey are hosting a very special and important conversation for any one who is involved in training the next generation of service professionals - nurses, doctors, social workers, teachers, lawyers, community health...
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Trauma-informed Schools: What Can YOU Do?

Drew Schwartz ·
There are tools to promote healing and growth and you can foster them within your school!
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Values for a Trauma-Informed Care Culture in Your Classroom and School

Lee Johnson ·
Five core values for establishing a trauma-informed culture in your classroom and/or school. An emphasis on these values lead to a relationship-based culture.
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Developing Mindful Trauma-Informed Schools, Families and Communities.

Heidi Brown ·
We’re pleased to announce that B.K. Bose of Niroga Institute has been selected to present at The Institute for Educational Leadership’s 2019 National Family and Community Engagement Conference in Reno, NV! This convening is a wonderful professional development and networking opportunity for state leaders, school and district leaders, administrators, educators, community-based organizations, researchers and families to come together and focus on solutions that enhance and expand engagement...
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Rediscovering the Lessons from Progressive Education to Create Trauma-Informed Schools for All

“In this bright future you can't forget your past.” -Bob Marley What if the roots of public education in this country provided us with a vision for creating trauma-responsive environments for all students? Lately I have been reflecting on why the principles and practices of creating trauma-informed/trauma-responsive environments in school settings connected with me deep down in my bones. It was a visceral feeling, a sense of validation and resonance in both my head and my heart. The science...
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Rural Oregon County Integrates ACEs Screening in School-Based Trauma-Informed Health Centers

Sylvia Paull ·
For the last two years, nearly all students referred for mental health services in seven school-based health centers in Deschutes County, OR, have taken the 10-question adverse childhood experiences (ACE) survey. It didn’t take long to realize why this was good idea. “The average ACE score for a student being seen by a Deschutes County clinician was 5 out of 10,” says Elizabeth Fitzgerald, supervisor of school-based health centers at Deschutes County Health Services.
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Kaiser Thriving Schools Three Part Webinar Series focuses on Educator and Employee Wellness including a Trauma Informed Approach

Teachers and staff are the heart of a school – working together, we can create a healthy, thriving environment for school employees and students alike. In our new three-part webinar series you’ll learn how school employee wellness can be sustained, how to support school employees’ mental health and wellbeing, and how to work with unions representing school staff to promote wellness. This series builds on last year’s successful and informative school employee wellness webinar series that is...
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California schools can no longer suspend K-8 students for using phones. Will this help or hurt learning?

By NINA AGRAWAL, SONALI KOHLI, OCT. 1, 2019, LA Times In middle school, Anthony Avila would stand up in class, talk to friends when he wasn’t supposed to and sling his legs across a second chair. His disruptive behavior got him sent to the office a lot, where he would sit in silence, often stewing. In high school, Avila’s math teacher used another tactic. She kept him in class when he acted up and opened her room early so they could talk. When other teachers still sent him to the office, the...
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Trauma-Informed Classrooms: Choices

Alexandra Murtaugh ·
One thing that is common among many traumatic events is a complete lack of choices. When a person feels like they do not have a choice or control, it can be triggering and cause the negative emotions that the person ties to the original trauma. While you can do a lot relationally with how you interact with your students, you can also set up your physical space with choices in mind. As you think about choices in your classroom, here are a couple of options you may want to consider. First of...
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Trauma Informed Schools: Part 2, Creating Trauma Informed Classrooms

In October a video showing a senior deputy yank a student from her seat and flip her desk at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina went viral on the Internet. This incident gained wide national attention and demonstrates the need for...
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Trauma Informed Schools projects show early and dramatic positive impacts

Alfonso Ramirez ·
This Oregon School Boards Association article details testimony from two trauma informed schools pilot projects in Oregon. Here is the article .
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Webinar blog: Trauma-informed schools, a conversation with Jim Sporleder

“The most striking thing I heard was that when kids were highly escalated in the lower part of their brain, they physiologically can’t learn or take in new knowledge and problem-solve,” Sporleder recounted to participants in “Trauma-informed Schools: A conversation with Jim Sporleder”, an ACEs Connection webinar held on Nov. 19, 2018.
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Webinar blog: Trauma-informed schools, a conversation with Jim Sporleder

“The most striking thing I heard was that when kids were highly escalated in the lower part of their brain, they physiologically can’t learn or take in new knowledge and problem-solve,” Sporleder recounted to participants in “Trauma-informed Schools: A conversation with Jim Sporleder”, an ACEs Connection webinar held on Nov. 19, 2018.
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Re: Trauma Informed Schools: Part 2, Creating Trauma Informed Classrooms

Jim Sporleder ·
If not us educators to be that caring adult in that child or teenager's life...then who will fill that role? A school that will implement these trauma informed practices creates safety and consistent predictable outcomes. Another excellent article and example for us to understand we must circle around the students... not work from silos that cause confusion.
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Trauma-Informed School Conference Summer 2020

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UPCOMING RELEASE!! Classroom180: A Framework for Creating, Sustaining, and Addressing the Trauma-Informed Classroom [beyondconsequences.com]

Due to be released March 27, 2020, Classroom180: A Framework for Creating, Sustaining, and Assessing the Trauma-Informed Classroom , by Heather T. Forbes, LCSW is a comprehensive roadmap of what it means to fully create, implement, and sustain a trauma-informed classroom from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Additionally, Classroom180 includes an assessment tool, the Classroom180 Rubric, that can be used by administrators and others specialists who support teachers on the journey of...
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Seeking Workshop Presenters for 2020 Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Julie Beem ·
Do you have specialized expertise in trauma-informed care and education? Has your school taken the journal toward becoming trauma-sensitive ? The Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) is looking for workshop presenters from a variety of backgrounds: educators (at all levels), counselors, social workers, clinicians, community leaders and others to present at our 2020 conference, February 16-18, 2020 in Atlanta, GA. You will be speaking at the LARGEST gathering of trauma-informed educators in...
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1st Annual Trauma-Informed Schools Conference

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Sharing a Post from The Trauma Informed Teacher – Silent Front Line

Robin M Cogan ·
Here is a link to one of the best articles I have read about trauma-informed teaching in a long time! The Trauma Informed Teacher – Silent Front Line
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Trauma Informed Schools--An Essential for Student & Staff Success

Part I: The Implications of Trauma & Student Misbehavior In this three part series we will explore the issues of complex trauma, the effect on emotional and cognitive development of young people, and interventions at the classroom and system level that can mitigate negative outcomes. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...olsan_b_8234038.html
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Re: Webinar- Trauma-Informed Instruction: The new foundation for a positive school climate

Leslie Hall ·
Will this Webinar be archived for those of us who cannot attend?
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Re: Webinar- Trauma-Informed Instruction: The new foundation for a positive school climate

The webinar was hosted by BloomBoard, I know they will send out a link to all who registered. I would bet if you didn't register but emailed them at info@bloomboard.com they might add you to the distribution list.
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Re: Sharing a Post from The Trauma Informed Teacher – Silent Front Line

Janet Rowse ·
I agree! Thank you for sharing.
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From Trauma to Peace: Mindfulness Program at Willard Middle School

Heidi Brown ·
From Berkeley Public Schools Fund, March 22, 2018 Once a week at Willard Middle School, there’s an unexpected sight of a classroom full of students sitting still with their eyes closed. With the support of our Strategic Impact Grant , Willard Middle School has implemented a weekly Dynamic Mindfulness program where students engage in mindful ABCs (Actions, Behaviors, and Centering) during their Advisory period. The 15-minute program involves grounding activities from listening to a bell until...
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Adaptive Schools and Trauma Informed Practices

Author: John Matich, Training Associate and member of the Thinking Collaborative Futures Team .....In a trauma-informed school, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress (ACEs). In addition, students are provided with clear expectations and communication strategies to guide them through stressful situations. The goal is to not only provide tools to cope with extreme situations but to create an underlying...
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Innovation High School Launches “A Year of Wellness”

Nevin Newell ·
Innovation High School resource centers in National City and Chula Vista recently launched their “Year of Wellness” program. This program is designed to promote wellbeing of students, staff, and the surrounding community. The program invites staff, students and their families to monthly themed wellness workshops that encompass the multifaceted areas of wellness including yoga, nutrition, art and mindfulness, etc.
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Trauma Informed Schools—An Essential for Student & Staff Success, Part 3: The Holistic Approach

In the first two parts of this series ( part one , part two ), we talk about the implications of trauma and student behavior and how to create a trauma informed school. The success of creating a trauma informed school weighs heavily on the school and community embracing the holistic approach. At Los Angeles Education Partnership, we achieve this through our Community School model. As former teachers, we are aware that the more we pile on our teachers, the less effective the approach becomes.
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[Webinar] Using Trauma-informed care to identify and support at-risk students (4-part series: 4/10, 4/20, 4/23, and 5/8)

Julian Golder ·
Join Dr. Sampson-Jackson - a leader in Trauma-Informed Care - to learn how school leaders and support staff can proactively identify and support student needs.
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Re: PAX Good Behavior Game- Is anyone using it?

Alice McCaffrey ·
Thanks for asking. I represent an Anti-Drug Coalition that is extremely interested in the PAX model. So I've signed up to catch all of the replies as we continue to train our school systems in ACES and TIC, and attempt to provide resources and next steps for them.
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Re: PAX Good Behavior Game- Is anyone using it?

Martha Merchant ·
Hi there, I've seen it introduced in a number of schools. I think that when practiced with fidelity it is equitable. I also think it can help promote some very good school skills. However it has also been my experience that educators rarely get the support that they need to continue doing it with fidelity. I encourage teachers to start slowly, and get support from the consultant as long as possible. I don't know about how it promotes resiliency. From my experience, it's mostly focused on...
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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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Trauma-Informed Practice is the Right Response to Austerity [schoolsweek.co.uk]

By Colin Diamond, Schools Week, March 8, 2020 Trauma-informed practice is good for everyone and best of all for the most vulnerable. Why would our government favour compliance instead? asks Colin Diamond Speeches like Gavin Williamson’s last week, in which he appeared to endorse the nationwide replication of so-called “no-excuses” or “warm-strict” schools, hardly deserve the attention, let alone the heat, they generate. In truth, even if the political desire is for uber-compliance, it is...
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Starting This Week! School Mental Health Wellness Wednesdays - Connect • Reflect • Support

From our friends at the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (A SAMHSA funded TA center for the mental health field) School Mental Health Wellness Wednesdays! In times of uncertainty, there is one thing we do know: educators and school mental health leadership are resilient, creative, tenacious and…needing support to provide support. The context of our schools is changing, and the context of our work is changing. In times of uncertainty, unpredictability, and...
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Does Betsy DeVos Understand the Impact of Poverty and Trauma on Children’s Learning? [commondream.org]

Leslie Lieberman ·
Educators who look at learning from a developmental perspective know that the trauma and toxic stress associated with poverty can seriously interfere with a child’s brain development and inhibit learning. Children who have been overwhelmed by stress or exposure to violence, and experience lack of security frequently have difficulty controlling impulsive behavior and focusing their attention on tasks at school. While these behaviors are disruptive in classrooms – they are devastating to the...
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Education Summit

Melissa Sadin ·
The Attachment & Trauma Network’s 2017 Educating Traumatized Children Summit will feature 18 audio interviews (available as mp3 recordings) exploring the Trauma-Sensitive Schools movement and the latest in understanding the impact of trauma on learning. Teachers, therapists, administrators and parents will all find this series helpful in working with children of trauma. Topics include:  Re-Thinking Children’s Behavior...the Seismic Shift 
  The Importance of Top Administrators’...
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Is Your School Ready to be Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive?

Leisa Irwin ·
If you are like many teachers, social workers, or administrators in schools, you've been reading about the need for trauma informed care and trauma sensitive schools. Odds are you didn't need to read the research to know something that you were already seeing in your classrooms, school hallways, and community. Unfortunately reading about it, seeing the need, wanting to make changes, doesn't make the change happen. Five years ago, as the executive director of a school that needed to change, I...
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Trauma Informed Coaching for Schools is available from any location

Jessie Graham ·
There are many ways to become Trauma Informed, but the most efficient and effective way is to do your own self exploration and then understand your students.
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Trauma-Informed Schools Need Trauma-Informed Policies [http://childsworld.news/09/28/2018/trauma-informed-schools-need-trauma-informed-policies/]

Maureen McGurk ·
Childhood trauma is in the news every day, from school shootings to the opioid crisis to separation at the border. While some stories are highlighted in the media, every community has children we never hear about who are dealing with violence, addiction, poverty, mental health issues, and abuse. The good news is that the public is becoming more aware of trauma’s devastating effects. Terms like “toxic stress” and “adverse childhood experiences” (ACEs) are no longer used only by mental health...
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Re: Does Betsy DeVos Understand the Impact of Poverty and Trauma on Children’s Learning? [commondream.org]

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray ·
Leslie, Thank you for posting this blog! Just wanted to draw your attention to the toxic stress, abuse, and harm students are subjected to everyday in the name of education. "Poisonous Pedagogy" is a term Alice Miller coined to describe the negative practices adults impose on kids in the name of education. Students experience a range of stressors in the name of learning: test anxiety; curricula and standards that are developmentally inappropriate; bullying by staff, administrators, parents,...
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Trauma-Informed Classrooms: Calming Corners

Alexandra Murtaugh ·
In our trauma-informed classrooms blog post last week, we talked about choices. We mentioned the benefit of having a space in the room where a child can go to help them calm down and become regulated. While this has become increasingly common at the elementary level, we have found that this is a tool that can work for students of all ages. Even when we survey adults about the things that help them to calm down when they are upset, one of the most common answers we hear is that they want time...
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Re: An Important Event for Anyone in Higher Education in the Philadelphia Region

robert hull ·
Interesting we have been teaching two graduate level classes for teachers on trauma informed care for several years. As well as a ceu class for teacher recertification. We use our text Supporting and educating traumatized students, Oxford university press. we have also been offering this class to all of the teachers working in the juvenile justice in the state of Ohio. we would be more than glad to share syllabi or other resources if there is an interest
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Re: Trauma-informed Schools: What Can YOU Do?

Hi, Drew: Thank you for your amazing, inspirational post! Recalling our meeting together last year, please know I'd like to schedule a phone meeting with you for a few minutes on including your trauma-informed online video courses with the menu of training opportunities on behalf of our San Diego region which our San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team's Training Committee is compiling.
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Re: Trauma-informed Schools: What Can YOU Do?

Drew Schwartz ·
Hello, Dana, Thank you for your kind words! I recall from our phone conversation that you infuse an exorbitant amount of heart, talent and vision into trauma informed work to help so many people. Yes, I would like to speak with you about including my trauma-informed online video courses in the opportunities you are compiling as part of the San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team's Training committee. Please reach out at your convenience.
 
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