Trauma-Informed Teaching

This page includes links to resources for trauma-informed teaching that have been vetted by our faculty, graduate students and other content-area experts.

For Educators

  • Responding to COVID-19: Planning for Trauma-Informed Assessment in Schools
    Outlines how schools should plan for a trauma-informed response to COVID-19 and what questions to ask while planning for potential assessment.
  • National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
    The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) offers information and technical assistance to states, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities focused on improving school climate and conditions for learning.
  • Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning
    Even when teaching students remotely, teachers can engender safe and supportive environments that improve students’ ability to engage and learn.
  • Accommodations Through an ACES Lens
    Comparison of traditional accommodations and accommodations using the lens for Adverse Childhood Experiences (for special educators and caregivers of exceptional students).
  • Turnaround for Children
    Turnaround for Children connects the dots between science, adversity and school performance to catalyze healthy student development and academic achievement.
  • Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative
    The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s (TLPI) mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school.
  • What Lies Beneath Behavior
    A handy infographic to help adults—teachers in particular—go through a process of elimination to figure out what’s going on with a child whose behavior is causing concern, starting with basic human needs and graduating to the more serious impacts of trauma.
  • How to Teach Kids About the Brain (Upstairs vs Downstairs)
    When children understand what’s happening in the brain, it can be the first step to having the power to make choices. Knowledge can be equally powerful to parents too. Knowing how the brain works means we can also understand how to respond when our children need our help.
  • Flipping Your Lid
    Dr. Dan Siegel explains what happens when messages from the downstairs brain overwhelm the upstairs brain.
  • Teaching and Learning During a Pandemic Blog Series
    A respectful, caring and intellectually stimulating space to reflect on how the coronavirus pandemic is shaping the face of education.

For Families

  • What Lies Beneath Behavior
    A handy infographic to help adults go through a process of elimination to figure out what’s going on with a child whose behavior is causing concern, starting with basic human needs and graduating to the more serious impacts of trauma.
  • How to Teach Kids About the Brain (Upstairs vs Downstairs)
    When children understand what’s happening in the brain, it can be the first step to having the power to make choices. Knowledge can be equally powerful to parents too. Knowing how the brain works means we can also understand how to respond when our children need our help.
  • Flipping Your Lid
    Dr. Dan Siegel explains what happens when messages from the downstairs brain overwhelm the upstairs brain.

PreK-12 Resources


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