In August 2021, the Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia (REL AP) at SRI Education and the Cross-State Collaborative to Support Schools in the Opioid Crisis hosted a 2-day Virtual Summit: How to Support Students and Educators Dealing with Trauma. This summit was for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who support preK-12 educators and students experiencing trauma. Resources compiled for the summit are available online at this website: https://traumasupportforschools.org/.
Earlier in 2020 and 2021, REL Appalachia (REL AP) staff held a total of three webinars, in which they shared research, resources, and strategies to support students and educators in the context of trauma.
- Module 1: Impacts and symptoms of trauma and relevant strategies to support students. REL AP staff shared research and resources to build participants’ knowledge of the impacts and symptoms of trauma, as well as relevant strategies to support students who exhibit such symptoms.
- Module 2: Implementation of Practices and Strategies to Support Students and Educators. REL AP staff shared concrete classroom and school-based practices to support students and educators in the context of trauma, including strategies to address implementation barriers.
- Module 3: School Systems, Policies, and Procedures to Support Students Experiencing Trauma. REL AP staff discussed how school leaders can implement schoolwide changes in systems, policies, and procedures to support students experiencing trauma.