Presented by Lara Kain
The trauma-informed schools movement has never been more relevant. Schools committed to cultivating trauma-informed change can successfully buffer the multiple adversities we are collectively facing. We will discuss the phenomenon of collective and individual trauma and tangible ways in which the school community can buffer against these struggles. Protective factors that foster resilience for both students and adults can be cultivated at the school level. They include positive relationships with peers and responsive adults, healthy emotional classroom and school climates, participation in community building activities, empowering youth voices, academic engagement, and emotional regulation among others. Schools that have implemented trauma-informed practices have had significant declines in student illness, absenteeism, and suspension rates. Learn more about this holistic approach, which addresses the head and the heart in equal measure.
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