Trauma Sensitive Classrooms
Standard letter grades
Total contact hours
ED 140, ED 200, or ED 265.
Addresses the role of the education environment in supporting lifelong coping mechanisms. Addresses the impact of stress on children's overall development. Explores Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the role of mindfulness and resiliency-based programs to address and mitigate the effects of early trauma. Addresses the impact of stressors on children's participation, relationships, and overall success in learning environments. Explores strategies and resources for designing and leading Trauma Sensitive Classrooms.
Course learning outcomes
1. Explain what trauma is and how it impacts the learning, motivation, and success of all students in the classroom.
2. Apply theories of learning, development, and resiliency to facilitate strong relationships and create a safe learning space.
3. Practice strengths-based approaches in order to reframe student behaviors as communication and to observe what students need to build resilience.
4. Explore professional development and self-care techniques, including mindfulness, to remain focused on classroom interactions.
5. Apply theories and practices to design elements of a trauma-sensitive classroom.
Part I. Trauma
-Understanding Trauma and its Prevalence
-The Manifestation of ACEs in the Classroom
Part II. Self-Awareness
Part III. Relationship
-The role and power of relationships in learning
Students are required to use a course textbook, have regular access to Blackboard, and will need to cover costs related to field placement completion.