Dates: June 1, 2020 - July 12, 2020
Trauma-Informed Teaching is designed to build your confidence and expertise in working with learners who have experienced trauma in their lives. This course will introduce you to the core concepts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the neuroscience behind the behaviors presented by students who have experienced trauma, educator self-care, student triggers, and trauma informed strategies. In addition, Trauma-Informed Teaching will focus on the questions and concerns students might have after coping with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures. Each week will feature a different topic for exploration:
Week 1: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Teaching
Week 2: Impact of Triggers on Student Behavior
Week 3: Trauma-Informed Strategies
Week 4: Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Traumatic Effects on Students
Week 5: Secondary Trauma: Caring for Yourself
Week 6: Plan for Classroom Integration
Weekly course assignments and activities will be offered in both asynchronous and synchronous formats. As participants you will interact with each other on a weekly basis and complete a variety of activities that will culminate with resources, strategies, and lessons that you can seamlessly integrate into your teaching life.
1. Complete and reflect on each assigned reading and/or video: 30 points, 5 points each week
2. Develop and share plan for helping students struggling to cope with trauma of COVID-19: 20 points, due end of Week 4
3. Identify, practice, and reflect on a self-care strategy: 20 points, due end of Week 5
4. Develop and share plan for integrating a trauma-informed strategy in the classroom: 20 points, due end of Week 6
5. Share overall course reflection: 10 points, due end of Week 6
Grading: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, Below 60 = F
After successfully completing Trauma-Informed Teaching, you will be able to:
- Define the characteristics and behaviors of students who have encountered trauma and/or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
- Apply approaches to trauma-informed teaching in your interactions with students and families.
- Consider and address ways to support students who experienced trauma as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Recognize the triggers that can lead to adverse student behaviors in the educational setting.
- Provide students with coping tools to help them build their capacity for learning, develop healthier relationships, and enjoy more positive experiences in the school setting.
- Practice ways of self-care so you can more effectively work with and sustain relationships with students who have experienced trauma.