2/5/21 — Trauma Informed Care for Educators Pre K-12 (3 Hour Awareness) REPEAT SESSION

8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Live virtual training

The primary mission of schools is to support students in educational achievement. To reach this goal, children must feel safe, supported, and ready to learn. Children exposed to violence and trauma may not feel safe or ready to learn. Not only are individual children affected by traumatic experiences, but other students, the adults on campus, and the school community can be impacted by interacting or working with a child who has experienced trauma. Thus, as schools maintain their critical focus on education and achievement, they must also acknowledge that mental health and wellness are innately connected to students’ success in the classroom and to a thriving school environment.
Becoming trauma-informed should be an essential component of the overall mission of the education system. A trauma-informed school recognizes that trauma affects staff, students, families, communities, and systems.
In any school, in any setting, the unfortunate possibly exists that educators have a student who has been impacted by trauma in some form. It is imperative that educators understand how trauma impacts learning and development.
Children’s reactions to trauma can interfere considerably with learning and behavior at school. Schools serve as a critical system of support for children who have experienced trauma. Administrators, teachers, and staff can help reduce the effects of trauma on children by recognizing trauma responses, accommodating and responding to traumatized students within the classroom, and referring children to outside professionals when necessary.
This training was designed to provide educators with trauma awareness as indicated in the School Safety and Resiliency Act.