By Taylor Stewart, MDiv, MA
September 4, 2020
More than 60% of students in the U.S. have experienced trauma by the age of 16. Trauma can include but is not limited to: physical and sexual abuse, racial trauma, dating violence, natural disasters, war, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. It can be acute, chronic, or complex. Regardless of the type or frequency of trauma that a student experiences, it can have many negative impacts on their educational experiences and academic performance.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and senseless racial violence and injustices, it is crucial that educators implement trauma-informed pedagogical practices in their classrooms. As many schools begin this academic year via remote learning or re-opening their doors in the midst of pandemic, implementing these trauma sensitive practices is even more paramount. Below are four trauma-informed educational practices that teachers can use within their in-person and/or online...
Statistically we know that most young people (61.8%) report experiencing at least 1 potentially traumatic event before the age of 16, and approximately 1/3 of our students have experienced 4 or more adverse childhood experiences.
Therefore, as the only universal safety net, it is up to schools to both understand the effects of trauma on the brain and be prepared to address it in holistic, restorative ways.
To give educators and school leaders an introduction to this topic--which is often left out of teacher education programs-- The Institute for Anti-Racist Education will host How Trauma Manifests in the Classroom on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 7pm EST.
Britney Foster, MSW, MDiv, is the Chief Executive Officer for Trajectory of Hope, LLC. She currently works at an all-boys parochial high school in Watts, California. In the past she has worked as a counselor in both the elementary and high school settings. In addition, she has...
Ashley Lipscomb and Brittany Spatz share some reflections from The Institute for Anti-Racist Education's Introductory Workshop, The Story of Becoming: A Teacher in the Making.
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Nominated by her peers, Ashley Y. Lipscomb, Co-Founder and CEO of The Institute for Anti-Racist Education, issues a powerful call to action during the Harvard Divinity School graduation on May 28, 2020.