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Trauma-Informed Teaching

EDUC-929
3 Credits
Online
4.80/5.00
Over half of public school students in the United States have experienced some form of trauma, which is associated with adverse effects on academic performance, behavior, and social emotional learning (SEL). This course is designed to help educators utilize trauma-informed strategies to create an environment that is safe and supportive for students who may have experienced trauma. The course prepares and equips both general and special education teachers to implement commonly recognized strategies which support the brain's ability to heal from trauma, allowing students to actively engage in all classroom activities. Topics include the ACE Study, the brain's response to trauma, effects of trauma, neuroplasticity and healing from trauma, trauma-informed schools, and vicarious trauma.

NOTE: Required books must be acquired separately

This course is applicable towards the Social Emotional Learning Certificate.

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Amy Holland

Instructor
As a Special Education teacher, I desire for every school campus to support inclusion and celebrate diversity. I believe in order to do so, educators must have the right tools and strategies to meet the needs of all their students. As a part of my master’s thesis, I developed a professional development training which included defining trauma, the ACE Study, the brain’s response to trauma, effects of trauma, neuroplasticity and healing from trauma, trauma-informed schools, vicarious trauma, etc. In my course Trauma-Informed Teaching, I share trauma-sensitive strategies so that educators are better empowered to support students who have experienced trauma. My course Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators is designed to empower educators to acquire resilient dispositions in order to better face the many changes and challenges that occur throughout the school year.