ED 245 : Trauma Sensitive Classrooms

Transcript title

Trauma Sensitive Classrooms



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


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Recommended preparation

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.

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.

Content outline

Part I. Trauma
-Understanding Trauma and its Prevalence
-The Manifestation of ACEs in the Classroom
Part II. Self-Awareness
-Intentional Teaching
-Remaining Present
-Self Care
Part III. Relationship
-The role and power of relationships in learning

Required materials

Students are required to use a course textbook, have regular access to Blackboard, and will need to cover costs related to field placement completion.

Grading methods

Grades will be determined by field placement evaluation, weekly homework, midterm exam, and final exam; may include discussion, short essays, and in-class presentation.

Outside of

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