Trauma Informed Practices are the link to academic achievement and social/emotional success for students who’ve experienced toxic stress and trauma. Due to repeated triggering of the fight or flight system, the neurology of these students is different than their grade level counterparts, and taking in new knowledge can often be challenging. Navigating social/emotional situations can also be difficult. Trauma Informed Practices help teachers and students to be better regulated, which decreases behavior issues, and prepares the brain for learning.
Featuring Kelly Rizzi, Director of School and District Support, Shasta County Office of Education
Topics to be covered at 1 day training-
- Brain Breaks- Examples of short movements for students. Some are for calming the mind and some are for bringing oxygen to the brain to increase blood flow and enhance learning.
- Learning Targets- Learning targets reveal to students where they will go in the lesson and what they will be expected to learn. They provide predictability, which helps to calm students. They also have the potential to move students one to two years academically in one year (based on Hattie’s research)
- ACES- An explanation of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and the implications for ourselves and our students. This science sets the template for how the developing brain is altered and why learning and social/emotional tasks are especially difficult for students of trauma.
- The Science of the Brain- Research and science about how the mind works, and how it relates to our students and their behavior in the classroom.
- Self Regulation- The importance of teachers being regulated and how they can teach their students the skills of self regulation.
- Teaching Children About Their Minds and About Growth Mindset- Ideas and resources for teaching children about how their minds work. A video clip of a model lesson is included.
- Classroom Applications- Lists of classroom practices that work, and explanations of how to apply them.
- Creating a Safe Environment- Practical ideas for the school and the classroom.
“Schools have an important role to play in providing stability and a safe space for children and connecting them to caring adults.”