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A trauma or traumatic event is a frightening, dangerous, or violent event that poses a threat to an individual’s life or physical/emotional security.

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The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s New Blog Series Highlights Key Take-Aways from Trauma-Sensitive School LeadersThe Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s New Blog Series Highlights Key Take-Aways from Trauma-Sensitive School Leaders

In the coming weeks, TLPI will share a series of blog posts highlighting key take-aways that we have heard from discussions with trauma-sensitive school leaders as they reflect on how utilizing the trauma lens guides them in their response to  the ongoing challenges.
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Selecting the Right Interventions to Support Students’ Mental Health NeedsSelecting the Right Interventions to Support  Students’ Mental Health Needs

This handout covers questions to consider when choosing school-based interventions Assess current needs Examine current efforts and resources Select interventions that fit your needs & context https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/appalachia/events/materials/04-8-20-Handout1_selecting-right-interventions-to-support-students-mental-health-needs.pdf
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Common Trauma Symptoms in Students and Helpful Strategies for EducatorsCommon Trauma Symptoms in Students  and Helpful Strategies for Educators

Trauma can have a detrimental impact on students’ functioning in the school setting.1 Educators need tools to identify and support students who may have experienced or are currently experiencing traumatic stress. The front of this handout lists common trauma symptoms grouped into the following categories: physical, cognitive, social and emotional, ...
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Virtual Summit Resources: How to Support Students and Educators Dealing with TraumaVirtual Summit Resources: How to Support Students and Educators Dealing with Trauma

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 ...
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How early childhood education providers can use COVID-19 relief funds to establish lasting mental health supports for staff and childrenHow early childhood education providers can use COVID-19 relief funds to establish lasting mental health supports for staff and children

Did you know? The recent influx of federal COVID-19 relief funds provides an opportunity to fund early childhood educational mental health supports and services! State agency leaders and early childhood educators can use infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) to meet children’s social and emotional needs during and beyond ...
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Toolkit for talking about racism and police violence with studentsToolkit for talking about racism and police violence with students

What strategies can educators use to facilitate safe and meaningful discussions on race, racial (in)justice and racism? This toolkit from Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) offers specific strategies, as well as tips for managing student responses, in order to create a safe environment for difficult conversations. https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/spring-2015/toolkit-for-talking-about-racism-and-police-violence-with-students
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Discussing the Derek Chauvin trial in class: How teachers are doing it and whyDiscussing the Derek Chauvin trial in class: How teachers are doing it and why

This recent article from EdWeek describes efforts by teachers of color to address police violence against citizens of color, as well as the pushback received. The teachers interviewed shared their own experiences, concerns for students of color, and desire to help white students participate in systemic change. https://www.edweek.org/leadership/discussing-the-derek-chauvin-trial-in-class-how-teachers-are-doing-it-and-why/2021/04?
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Addressing the trauma of racismAddressing the trauma of racism

This post from the National Center for Safe Supportive Schools introduces the Center for Childhood Resilience (CCR). CCR is partnering with Alliance for Prevention and Inclusion and the National Center for School Mental Health to establish the National Center for Safe Supportive Schools (NCS3). The NCS3 aims to integrate best ...
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Strategies for engaging students in in-person, virtual, and hybrid instructionStrategies for engaging students in in-person, virtual, and hybrid instruction

As schools begin a post-pandemic transition, educators should consider how to strengthen the social, emotional, and behavioral supports for students. Three foundational components are important to keep at the forefront of efforts to support students, regardless of the learning environment…
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Celebrating how school social workers can help students Bounce Back even in virtual settingsCelebrating how school social workers can help students Bounce Back even in virtual settings

We celebrated National School Social Worker week from March 7 – March 13, 2021 as part of Social Work Month. This school year provided unique challenges for school social workers (SSWs) as well as opportunities for innovation.
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