January 22, 2019

Trauma-Informed Classrooms

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more thantwo-thirdsof children report at least one traumatic event by the age of 16. That means that the majority (NOT the minority) of students in your classroom have experienced trauma.


It takesoneperson to make a positive impact. As an educator, YOU can be theonebecause you have an opportunity to support these children day in and day out. Hearing about and thinking about the trauma our children may have suffered can be awful, but…

…there is good news.

Children can recover from trauma, and you can help them do that using trauma-sensitive practices in your classroom.

It can feel overwhelming, and you may be wondering, “Where should I start?” To support you, we have provided some resources for you to consider as you decide what to implement and how. We encourage you to take one small step forward. That one small step could make a very large impact. The resources listed under the bullet points below are from the National Association of School Psychologists outlining the key components of trauma-informed schools.

Trauma-informed schools promote:

Feelings of physical, social, and emotional safety in students.

Resources to Consider:

A shared understanding among staff about the impact of trauma and adversity on students.

Resources to Consider:

Positive and culturally responsive discipline policies and practices.

Resources to Consider:

Access to comprehensive school mental and behavioral health services.

Resources to Consider:

Effective community collaboration.

Resources to Consider:

Whether you are determined to create a trauma-informed school/community or just take small steps toward implementing a trauma-sensitive practice in your classroom, we know we can count on you and kids can, too! Remember, you are one that can make a difference to more than two-thirds.

To learn more about how to create a Trauma Informed Classroom, check out course 5007: Trauma-Sensitive Teaching: Helping Students Overcome Adverse Experiences!


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