Creating a Trauma-Responsive School
Earn 31 Act 45 Hours!
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.

Participants will:
  • Evaluate their current school trauma plan using various rubrics.
  • Assess their school system utilizing the MTSS Implementation Tool to ascertain which aspects of the framework will need to be revised in order to accommodate trauma-responsive practices and policies.
  • Engage in a data review and adjust the comprehensive plan accordingly based on tabulated results.
  • Utilize the trauma continuum as a means to identify and evaluate areas of strengths as well as potential areas of growth within the school system.
  • Be able to provide evidence of how the knowledge and skills associated with each standard will be measured.

District & Building Administrators.
District/School Building teams are encouraged to attend however, this is not mandatory.

Virtual Sessions:
  • October 19 & November 11, 2021.

Face to Face Sessions:
  • January 13, March 16, & May 5, 2022.

Snow dates: November 17, 2021; January 20, & March 24, 2022.

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Virtual sessions via Zoom. Face to Face sessions will be located at the Colonial IU 20 Central Office.

$200.00 per participant. Lunch will not be provided.

Melissa Petrilak, CIU 20 Training & Consulting Staff.

Act 45 PIL Hours:
31 total hours: 15 virtual/in-person hours & 16 job-embedded hours.
Participants must attend all sessions and complete all components of this course in order to be awarded hours.

Registration deadline is October 12, 2021.
Participants must unregister on or before October 12, 2021. Please review our cancellation policy at

Payment options:
  • Submit a check/money order made out to CIU 20 and send to CIU 20, ATTN: Gretchen Stoudt, 6 Danforth Drive, Easton, PA 18045.
  • Credit card payment (4% + $0.35 fee) by going to
  • District invoiced / purchase order.
Questions? Contact:
Gretchen Stoudt
CIU 20 Professional Learning Department