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What are Trauma-Informed Practices (TIP)?

Trauma-Informed Practices are techniques that center equity and the inclusion of all learners, especially students impacted by traumatic life events. Trauma Informed Practices also mitigate the experience of secondary trauma for teachers in the classroom.

To equip pre-service and in-service teachers with essential skills, the Office of Education Solutions offers the 4-part Trauma-Informed Practices (TIP) Professional Learning Series sessions facilitated by diverse faculty members. Centering on developing equitable practices and resilience among students and teachers, the TIP series satisfies the 10-hours of CDE professional development re-licensure requirement of HB 20-1312 and 20-1128.

If you are interested in learning more about professional development for in-service teachers and schools, or have questions about the program in general, please email [email protected].

The Office of Education Solutions is deeply grateful to the Buell Foundation, which has funded the TIP program from its infancy. The TIP program would not be possible without their support. The OES also thanks Gary Community Ventures and the Rose Community Foundation for their prior support.

Our vision is that trauma-informed practices will become so fundamental to educator preparation and school systems that future educators will not remember a time without it.


9/13/22: Ed Solutions recently was awarded a Circle Grant, enabling Trauma-Informed Practices to extend the 4-part professional learning series to rural schools, districts, and BOCES.

9/1/22: Fall 2022 TIP Professional Learning Series announced, save the date(s)!

School of Education students, alumni, faculty, staff and mentor teachers – as well as in-service educators across the state – have an opportunity to attend a FREE 4-part professional learning series on creating trauma-informed and equitable learning environments! See the TIP Professional Learning Series listing in our Events section to learn more.

8/1/22: Ed Solutions’ Trauma-Informed Practices recently received the 2022 Christa McCauliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Events in Trauma-Informed Practices

TIP Professional Learning Series - Fall 2024


Each semester, the School of Education provides a FREE 4-part professional learning series on creating trauma-informed and equitable learning environments. These sessions are available to all School of Education students, alumni, faculty, staff and mentor teachers. All Fall 2024 sessions are held virtually online.

We schedule multiple date options for these professional learning sessions. The content is the same for each date option (i.e. all Part 1s are the same and all Part 2s are the same).

The topics covered in these sessions are as follows:

TIP Part 1: Understanding Trauma and Stress

  • Thursday, September 5, 5:00-7:30PM
  • Wednesday, September 11, 5:00-7:30PM
  • Thursday, October 17, 5:00-7:30PM
  • Saturday, November 9, 9:00-11:30AM

TIP Part 2: Cultural Humility and Responsiveness

  • Wednesday, October 9, 5:00-7:30PM
  • Thursday, October 24, 5:00-7:30PM
  • Saturday, November 9, 12:00-2:30PM

TIP Part 3: Social Emotional Learning and Fostering Resilience

  • Wednesday, October 16, 5:00-7:30PM
  • Thursday, November 7, 5:00-7:30PM
  • Saturday, November 16, 9:00-11:30AM

TIP Part 4: Empowerment and Safety

  • Wednesday, October 23, 5:00-7:30PM
  • Thursday, November 14, 5:00-7:30PM
  • Saturday, November 16, 12:00-2:30PM


Because of limited seating, if you sign up but are no longer able to attend a TIP session, please email [email protected] so we may offer your seat to someone on the waitlist.
Please note you must attend Session 1 before you can move on to Sessions 2-4. If you miss Session 1, you will be removed from the other session(s), and you will need to re-register for them.

If you are interested in attending and you are not a School of Education student, alumni, faculty, staff, or mentor teacher, please email [email protected]. You can also email [email protected] if you have any questions or comments.

Did you miss the screening of Resilience?

Graphic promo image from the movie Resilience.
We’ve got you covered!  Click the image above to view a recording of the screening and following panel discussion from September 10th, 2020.

Resources for Trauma-Informed Practices

Adolescent Mental Health

Coping In Hard Times for High School & College Aged Youth (NCTSN) Homepage


Adverse Childhood Experiences

CDC Page on Adverse Childhood Experiences


COVID-19 Resources

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus (Teaching Tolerance)

Addressing Race & Trauma In The Classroom for Educators (NCTSN)

Brief COVID-19 Screening Form Child & Adolescent PTSD (UCLA)

COVID19 HEARTS Core Guiding Principles (Resilient Futures)

COVID19 HEARTS Core Guiding Principles for ECE (Resilient Futures)

Helping Homebound Children During COVID19 Outbreak (CSTS)

How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism (Teaching Tolerance)

Online Teaching Can Be Culturally Responsive (Teaching Tolerance)

Parent & Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID19 (NCTSN)

Self Care During COVID19 (NCTSN)


Culturally-Responsive Teaching

Lesson Plans (Teaching Tolerance)

Teaching Strategies (Teaching Tolerance)

Articles (Teaching Tolerance)


Educator Wellness & Secondary Traumatic Stress

Care for the Caregiver After A Crisis – Tips for Families & Educators (NASP)

Coping In Hard Times for School Staff (NCTSN)

Secondary Traumatic Stress for Child Serving Professionals (NCTSN)



Childhood Traumatic Grief for School Personnel (NCTSN)


School Violence

Preparing for Crisis Anniversaries – Guidance for Educators (NASP)

Social Media & School Crises – Brief Facts and Tips (NASP)

Talking To Children About Violence – Tips for Parents & Teachers (NASP)


Science of Trauma

The Science of Stress and Trauma (hover over “Science” in top right and choose a topic) (Harvard)

Understanding Trauma: Learning Brain vs Survival Brain (Dr. Jacob Ham)


Trauma-Informed Practices in the Classroom

Simple Activities for Children & Adolescents (NCTSN)

When Schools Cause Trauma Article (Teaching Tolerance)

Newsletter Archive

The Trauma-Informed Practices program is now part of the School of Education’s Office of Education Solutions. The bi-monthly Trauma-Informed Practices newsletter will now be included in the monthly Office of Education Solutions newsletter.

OES Newsletters and all past Trauma-Informed Practices Newsletters are available on the Office of Education Solutions main page in the OES Newsletter Archive.

How can you support?

The School of Education's Trauma-Informed Practices initiative relies on support from our community.