Bite-Sized PD for Educational Equity: What are Trauma Informed Schools?

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Trauma-Informed Classrooms

By ISAIAH B. PICKENS, PH.D. NICOLE TSCHOPP, LCSW-C

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Stop punishing kids for how they process pain.

Top Five

  1. Trauma is defined as anytime a person experiences physical or emotional harm that causes him or her to believe that their life or the life of a loved-one is in danger (p. 1).
  2. A trauma-informed approach does not blame the student for being triggered, but identifies the source of these triggers to equip students with tools to manage their maladaptive responses to trauma while creating a psychologically safe environment (p.6).
  3. Predictable classroom environments -- ones in which teachers use agendas and prepare students for seat, lesson, and period changes -- are the safest for students who have experienced trauma (p. 10-11).
  4. Trauma screening tools are designed to identify traumatic events, experiences, and effects; also known as the three E’s (p. 11-12).
  5. When students have a trauma-response, presenting them with two options reduces the intensity of the response by engaging the decision-making portion of the brain (p. 14).

Do Now - Create trauma-informed disciplinary policies

Creating trauma-informed disciplinary policies.


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