The core underlying principles of a Trauma-Informed school district are as follows:
Safety (physical = facilities and physical health; social-emotional; educational = in the classroom and remote, and cybersecurity)
Trustworthiness and Transparency
Collaboration and Empowerment
Voice and Choice
Listen to students and their concerns
Help them feel a sense of control by offering choices
Focus on the whole-student
In addition to childhood trauma, we need to take into account multiculturalism, poverty, disability, and developmental level
Universal approach when interacting with others and empathy for all
Respect = We must model respect at all times.
Respond to students in a TI manner: A dysregulated adult cannot regulate a student.
These principles are more important now than ever before!
Modified from Hope Matters by Mays Imad
Contact your students, welcome them back to school and to your classroom!
Share how you are dealing with change and that change is part of life. Humanize yourself and give them hope. We are resilient.
Reflect on the notion of rigor and continue to challenge and support your students. As teachers, we often balance rigor and support, and this situation might be one where students will need more support than rigor. We can’t fixate on the rigor of the materials presented at the expense of the well-being of the students.
Use hopeful and optimistic language, such as, “When you come back to school 5 days a week…” This will help students feel hopeful about the future.
When appropriate, talk about COVID-19 and fear. We will get through this too. Identify support systems the student has and appropriate coping strategies to manage stress.
Remember that students “lost” more than just their classes and academics last spring — sports, seeing friends at school, activities, dances, end of the year celebrations…. Students’ family members may have been sick with COVID, lost employment, housing, and/or may be financially struggling.
Let your students know that you are there for them and that if they need help to reach out to you. Let them know that you are in touch with counselors that can help them should they need to speak to someone.
Trojan Talk Recordings. As part of transparency related to COVID and the restart of school, Mr. Troy Roth and Mrs. Krista Miller started a weekly Trojan Talk every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.