Each year, schools are encountering more and more students who are entering the classroom burdened by the overwhelming stress of trauma or psychological scars of neglect and abuse. After taking this online course, learners will understand the ways that trauma can affect the brain, learning, as well as tips and techniques on how to create a trauma sensitive classroom. Through self-reflection, application activities, readings, and videos, learners will come away with a sense of self, grace, and instructional strategies to foster resilient learners.
- Define trauma and understand its prevalence among children and families.
- Draw conclusions about the extent of childhood trauma and its relevance to school learning and social dynamics.
- Evaluate the level of awareness of possible trauma in yourself and in students.
- Understand the adverse impact of stress and trauma on normal development and learning.
- Understand and analyze how students and adults make meaning of their experiences and how that influences future behaviors.
- Analyze a student’s behavior to determine what need the student is attempting to meet.
- Understand that awareness of our own ideals and behaviors influences how we communicate to our students.
- Create a teacher mission statement informed by a deep understanding of your own beliefs and purpose.
- Understand that relationships are the critical component for creating a safe and productive learning environment.
- Develop and use intentional steps to build or maintain strong relationships with each of your students, especially the most challenging.
- Understand that despite trauma, students can still meet high expectations with the appropriate support.
- Convey the concepts of resilience and grit, and then help students use them to achieve success.
- Recognize the benefits of applying grace in your professional sphere.
- Understand that self-care does justice to both teachers and students by helping teachers perform at their best.
(ASCD online course, 2018) Self-paced asynchronous online course. Upon completion, learners will be awarded an ASCD Certificate worth up to 20 Clock Hours.