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Trauma-Informed Practices

Learn what trauma-informed education is, its benefits, and how to get started on a classroom or school-wide level.

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  • Moving Beyond Childhood Trauma to Be a Better Teacher

    A teacher shares how she has worked to gain perspective on her responses to situations and found impactful ways to break negative habits.
    Tarn Wilson
  • How to Counter Learned Helplessness

    For students who have internalized a message that they’re destined to fail, promoting realistic optimism can be game-changing.
  • How to Safely Manage a Student in Crisis

    A trauma-sensitive, proactive plan for safely managing disruptive behavior includes knowing when to call for support and how to help a student de-escalate.
  • Viewing Late Work Through an Equity Lens

    A teacher stopped penalizing late work and started asking students questions about why assignments were late. Here’s what he learned.
  • How to Make Your Classroom a Healing Place

    The stress of the pandemic has impacted students and teachers alike, but taking a healing-centered approach in your classroom can help.
  • Recognizing the Signs of Trauma

    Trauma may look different from student to student, so it’s prudent to always use trauma-responsive practices.
  • How Teachers Can Empower Students Who Are Experiencing Trauma

    While teachers are not social workers, just saying the right things to a student suffering from trauma can make a big difference.
  • Steps for Collective Well-Being in the New School Year

    Teachers can rebuild connections and create an educational environment in which they support students and each other.
  • Using Movement to Help Reduce Students’ Trauma Responses

    A variety of exercises that promote self-regulation can function as elements of a safe and supportive learning environment.
  • 4 Ways to Plan for the Success of Newcomer ELLs

    To help newly arrived English language learners feel welcome, teachers can represent their cultures and languages in the classroom.
  • Harnessing the Synergy Between Trauma-Informed Teaching and SEL

    Students can develop the core competencies of social and emotional learning with the support of strong relationships with teachers.
  • Breaking the Cycle of Silence Around Black Mental Health

    Data shows that Black youth are especially prone to develop mental health issues but less likely to seek out or receive the specialized services and care they need.
  • Setting Priorities in Trauma-Informed Education

    In this excerpt from her new book, Alex Shevrin Venet explains how she makes decisions that support students who have experienced trauma.
  • Discussing Disturbing News Stories in the Classroom

    Middle and high school teachers can address distressing events in ways that support students and help them process their reactions.
  • Unfairly, Schools and Teachers Are America’s Anti-Poverty Safety Net

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrea Elliott on the way public school education is expected to “fill in the gaps” left by societal abandonment of poor children and families.

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