September 2017 
trauma Sensitive SCHOOLS IN FOCUS
Trauma Sensitive schools in focus 
This is the ninth edition of the Trauma Sensitive Schools In Focus newsletter. Why are you receiving this update? Because you are either a local Defending Childhood Initiative (DCI) partner or a leader in implementing trauma sensitive projects in your school district, building or agency. This bimonthly newsletter features general DCI news, updates from local districts and a collection of recent media stories highlighting issues related to addressing trauma in schools, positive behavior supports and educational equity.  
IN DCI news....

The 2017/2018 school year will feature many of the same great networking and professional development opportunities as years past, with some notable changes. The local Defending Childhood Initiative funding from the Department of Justice ended for the schools-related trauma sensitive work on June 30th. With this much reduced County staffing capacity to support the trauma sensitive schools training and coordination, Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) has stepped up as a partner. Stay tuned for more information on this collaboration. 

A series of training, convening and networking are in the pipeline. The Countywide trauma sensitive schools advisory and networking group continues this year on the 4th Monday of each month. A series of day long 'trauma sensitive schools 101' sessions are available. And one more cohort of the Train the Trainer series is set for early December. You can read more about registration and other details in this flier.
In local districts... 
Reynolds School District

June 2017 capped off a two year partnership between DCI and the Reynolds School District. Four schools - Davis Elem, Glenfair Elem, Sweebriar Elem and HB Lee Middle - participated in an on going series of professional development sessions, learning and planning designed to translate training into action. Huge thanks to the small teams from each school who met and contributed their smart thinking on how to shift culture and educator mindset, track progress of implementation, and align 'trauma sensitive' with other related, work happening in each individual building. This summary document provides snapshots of the work at each school from this year, while this document summarizes last year's work. 
Videos Galore 

It's here! It's here! All of the fabulous videos that can support learning and growth on trauma sensitive practices in schools are now compiled in one place. They are organized into content categories and include discussion questions. While these videos could be used to support independent study they are best used as part of an on going professional development initiative facilitated by an educator comfortable supporting dialogue at the intersections of equity, resiliency and healing in all its diverse forms. 
In the media.... 
A collection of reporting, research and resources. 

This Land: The Numbers -  Thanks to tash schatz,  A ssertive Engagement Initiative coordinator here at Multnomah County, for highlighting this excellent Oregon Humanities video featuring youth describing their home in neighborhoods east of 82nd Ave. 

Resources for Educators to Use in the Wake of Charlottesville - NPREd compiled a solid list of reading , syllabi and other resources to open up and facilitate  dialogue on white supremacy. I also just landed on Facing History and Ourselves, which has upcoming webinars on navigating difficult conversations in the classroom. For additional Twitter resources check out #Charlottesvillcurriculum and #EduColor. 

Work Can Be Stressful, Dangerous and Sometimes Great -  National Public Radio provides a great summary of an extensive study - linked here - that describes the conditions of the American workplace. As trauma sensitive practices focuses on workplace wellness as a precondition to organizational  change, this is a critical piece of the puzzle. 

Trauma Informed Oregon Talk -  Trauma Informed Oregon's reliably stellar newsletter is back with a fresh summer edition. 

Person centered planning - Thanks to Neisha Saxena, policy analyst here at Multnomah County, for sending on Disability Rights Oregon back to school tips for families. They have really beautiful sample templates of person-centered plans that truly elevate student strengths. Templates are also offered in *many* languages. 
multnomah county trauma Sensitive schools networking group

Interested meeting others in local districts and organizations who are working to implement trauma sensitive strategies? Would you like to stay up to date on emerging practices, funding opportunities and policy-level work? The Networking group will meet every other month.
Everyone is welcome! E-mail Kate at to get on the meeting e-mail list serve or just show up. 

The next meeting is Monday, September 25 2017 from 3:30-5:30PM at Rice School located at 6433 NE Tillamook, Portland, OR. 
Kate Gigler | Defending Childhood Initiative | 503-988-2402 |