Huge numbers of our students are caught in storms of trauma–whether
stemming from abuse, homelessness, poverty, discrimination, violent
neighborhoods, or fears of school shootings or family deportations. This
practical book focuses on actions that teachers can take to facilitate
learning for these students. Identifying positive, connected
teacher–student relationships as foundational, the authors offer
direction for creating an emotionally safe classroom environment in
which students find a refuge from trauma and a space in which to process
events. The text shows how social and emotional learning can be woven
into the school day; how literacies can be used to help students see a
path through challenges; how to empower learners through debate, civic
action, and service learning; and how to use the vital nature of the
school community as an agent of change. This book will serve as a
roadmap for creating uniformly consistent and excellent classrooms and
schools that better serve children who experience trauma in their lives.
a clear case for the need and responsibility of schools to equip
students with tools to learn despite the trauma in their lives.
practical classroom instructional and curricular interactions that
address trauma while advancing student academic learning.
Uses literacy and civic action as pathways to empowerment.
Provides a method and tools for developing a coherent plan for creating a trauma-sensitive school.