The Workforce Development Workgroup of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force met on Wednesday, May 18th at the United Way. There were several members in the room who were either new or who have not been able to attend meeting recently so the group caught up on current work. The group began with an update from the subcommittee that is working to develop focus groups with teachers and administrators in from the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to better understand how they are using trauma-informed practices in their classrooms. The subcommittee provided an overview of the plan they developed alongside SDP administrators and workgroup members gave helpful feedback. Several suggestions were made, including: involving the student perspective in this work, gaining a better understanding of what the classroom environment is like through assessment, engaging teachers in a conversation about vicarious trauma, learning from schools that have implemented trauma-informed practice to find creative solutions, and looking at multi-level solutions to the problem.
The group then discussed the potential for an upcoming project focused on convening the higher education community around how to 1) incorporate information about ACEs, trauma, and resilience into their curricula and 2) creating a trauma-informed campus environment. The group discussed who are the most appropriate people to invite to such an event and who are the most appropriate messengers to highlight the importance of trauma-informed work.
The group then closed with a brief update on the resource guide for training with a request for feedback on the disclaimer and format of the guide. This guide will eventually live on the Philadelphia ACE Task Force website.