Being a trauma-responsive school involves careful consideration and changes to school policy, practices, and culture. In order for students affected by trauma to experience success socially, emotionally, and educationally, school administrators need to play a critical role to ensure these changes are systemic and ongoing. Trauma-responsive school communities foster supportive environments through the whole-school systems change approach.
This course is aimed at addressing many of the recommendations set forth in the Trauma Informed PA plan including professional books and articles that help support evidence-based practices that will impact school contexts, teacher effectiveness, and the holistic view of the student. Evidence-based school systems frameworks will be reviewed through the lens of trauma-informed practices including MTSS, PBIS, and additional classroom management strategies. A particular focus on supporting diverse student needs will be addressed throughout this course.
Throughout this course, administrators will be provided with the opportunity to examine tools, practices, and strategies aimed at developing a schoolwide shared vision and policies that are trauma-responsive in nature. School administrators will receive assistance in developing an infrastructure that supports and positively impacts the areas of academics, social-emotional learning and student behavior. Emphasis will also be given to support administrators in developing a comprehensive plan that serves as a guiding framework for building trauma-responsive school systems.
As a final project, participants will formulate a comprehensive plan that will serve as a guiding framework for building a trauma-responsive school system. Participants will develop an infrastructure that supports & positively impacts the areas of academics, social-emotional learning, and student behavior.