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Between one-half to two-thirds of all school-aged children experience trauma, and more than 30 percent of children have multiple traumatic experiences. These statistics do not account for the trauma of ongoing racial discrimination and microaggressions that students of color experience, nor the lasting mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that the actual rate of child trauma may be much higher.
Children who have experienced trauma tend to be disciplined more often at school and are frequently labeled as “problem children”. Without intervention, unaddressed trauma can be the first step of the school-to-prison pipeline. Punitive responses to trauma-based behavior can be particularly damaging to students of color, who are more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white counterparts. Schools that recognize and respond to child trauma have seen gains in student achievement and reduced incidence of delinquency.
Office of Education Solutions (OES) is partnering with Resilient Futures to build the capacity of current and future teachers to recognize and respond to trauma in school environments with children, build healing and equitable classrooms, and address secondary trauma in themselves and their coworkers. This initiative includes:
Integrating trauma-informed practices (TIP) into the School of Education curriculum for pre-service teachers:
Supporting in-service teachers and schools to implement TIP:
Ongoing research and evaluation:
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.
12/2/21: Spring 2022 TIP Professional Learning Series announced, save the date(s)!
School of Education students, alumni, faculty, staff and mentor teachers 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.
OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOOL OF EDUCATION STUDENTS, ALUMNI, FACULTY, STAFF AND MENTOR TEACHERS
Every 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.
We schedule multiple date options for these professional learnings. 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:
Date options for Part 1: How Trauma and Stress Impact Learning:
Date options for Part 2: Cultural Humility (you MUST have already attended Part 1 to attend Part 2):
RSVP link for Parts 1 & 2 coming soon!
After completing Parts 1 and 2 you will be sent invites for Parts 3 and 4.
Date options for Part 3: Social Emotional Learning and Fostering Resilience (you MUST have already attended Parts 1 and 2 to attend Part 3)
Date options for Part 4: Empowerment and Safety (you MUST have already attended Part 3 to attend Part 4):
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.