Video: Creating a Trauma Informed School

Creating a Trauma Informed School

Module 2 – Creating a Trauma Informed School

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Creating a Trauma Informed School

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Creating a Trauma Informed School

Create Predictable Routines

Suggested Strategies

School Practices

    • Establish predictability by writing out a schedule, using it consistently, and making timely announcements of changes when necessary.
    • Follow through with your promises and in situations where plans must change, be transparent with your explanations.
    • Practice building awareness of your own emotions and triggers and model your own self-regulation skills as you flexibly adapt to any changes in the day.

 

Build Strong & Supportive Relationships

Suggested Strategies

School Practices

    • Invite a positive connection from the moment students enter the classroom by standing at the door to greet them.
    • Spend two minutes a day getting to know a student for ten consecutive days. Invite other colleagues in the school to get to know and connect with students in your classroom.
    • Provide opportunities for meaningful, positive peer collaboration in the classroom.

 

Empower Students’ Agency

Suggested Strategies

School Practices

    • Offer opportunities for students to set and track their own goals.
    • Collaborate with your students to help them problem-solve through challenges in the classroom. For example, help students create if-then plans to prepare for upcoming projects or anticipate how to navigate challenges.
    • Build appropriate choices into ongoing lessons and activities.

 

Support the development of self-regulation skills

Suggested Strategies

School Practices

    • Help students develop emotional awareness and monitoring by using the Mood Meter as a tool to check in with their emotions throughout the day.
    • Incorporate “grounding” and deep breathing as helpful tools for students (and teachers) to acknowledge and navigate their own emotions.
    • Model the use of these and other self-regulation strategies yourself throughout the day.

 

Provide opportunities to explore individual and community identities

Suggested Strategies

School Practices

 

Source: Adapted from Transforming Education

Staff Circles

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Staff Circles

“You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round…The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars.  The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.  Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours…Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were.  The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power move.”  Black Elk

“Circles create soothing space, where even reticent people can realize that their voice is welcome.” Margaret J. Wheatley

“If people stand in a circle long enough, they’ll eventually begin to dance.”  George Carlin, Comedian

Why Circles?

Equality, equity, safety and trust, responsibility, reminds you to facilitate, builds connections, and ownership. 

How can circles be used with staff?

  • Team building
  • Welcoming new staff or saying goodbye to staff leaving
  • Celebrations
  • Problem solving
  • Expectations of the school year
  • Policy or procedure changes
  • Implementation of new programs
  • Goal setting
  • Information sharing
  • Group projects

Check-in circles:

  • On a scale of 1 to 5, what are you today?
  • What color is your mood right now?
  • What are you looking forward to?
  • What is something you need to have a successful day?
  • Tell something funny that happened to you last week.
  • Tell about something positive that happened with a student last week.
  • What is the most difficult challenge for you?
  • What do you need right now?
  • How can we as administration be of most help?
  • What is something you would like to change about your classroom?
  • Talk about a child you made a connection with recently.
  • How is everyone doing with the new protocols for grading?
  • How are people feeling about the new scheduling system?
  • Can you think back to why you became a teacher?  What was your motivation?

Check- out circles:

  • I learned____
  • I realized ____
  • I am surprised by ____
  • What is your high and low of the day?
  • I came in ____ and I leave _____.
  • What is something you did this week that you are proud of?
  • What do you need to have a great day tomorrow?