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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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  • 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.
    Roisleen Todd
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Supporting Young Students’ Emotional Well-Being

    Teachers in the early grades can guide young students to better understand, express, and handle their emotions.
  • Integrating SEL Into Writing Instruction

    A writing unit for first grade can help develop prosocial classroom behaviors, a reliable indicator of future academic success.
  • Education Buzzwords Defined: What Are Trauma-Informed Practices?

    The phrase “trauma informed” is everywhere, but what does it mean to bring that lens to school settings? Get started with a basic definition.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Recognizing the Signs of Trauma

    Trauma may look different from student to student, so it’s prudent to always use trauma-responsive practices.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Reparative Power of Relationships

    Many schools around the country strive to support students who have experienced trauma—and that work is always rooted in strong relationships.
  • Teachers—on Making Room for the New Kids in Class

    More than 6.5 million K–12 students in the U.S. change schools each year. How can teachers help them acclimate socially and academically?
  • Bringing a Trauma-Informed Lens to Early Childhood Education

    Being mindful of the many difficulties the youngest students may be experiencing is one way teachers can help them weather the pandemic.

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