Trauma-Informed School

Links to recent presentations:

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How important is Co-regulation? watch this video below⬇︎

Simplifying the Trauma-Informed School Movement and how it all begins with the adult (Co-Regulation).

My Vlog on a story shown on Sunday Morning (3-17-19) about a high school student ending her life and why SEL should be prioritized in schools.

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The Village

On March 1, 2019, the dedication of the Aspire Academy School-Based Health Care Clinic took place. Five years prior, a small but passionate group of individuals set out on a trauma-informed school journey. We weren’t sure what that all meant at the time, but serving in a health care ‘desert’ community we knew that our school would need to embrace the concept of the ‘village’. In other words, '“You need to Maslow before you Bloom”

The Mayor of St. Louis honored us with a Proclamation! Shout out to Dr. Bates for making this vision a reality!

We would love to assist your team!

We would love to assist your team!

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By now most schools are “Trauma-Aware” and are anxious to move past powerpoint slides. Don’t slow down your momentum. Contact us if you would like help in systems-level changes that go beyond your typical one day guest speaker engagements.

By now most schools are “Trauma-Aware” and are anxious to move past powerpoint slides. Don’t slow down your momentum. Contact us if you would like help in systems-level changes that go beyond your typical one day guest speaker engagements.

Our latest presentation from the Heather Forbes Trauma-Informed School Conference, Sacramento, CA, Oct. 1-2, 2018

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See how 1, 2, 3 Wellness™ links up with CASEL’s SEL Competencies ⬇︎⬇︎

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Blog Post Link   Adapted from the  Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Trauma-Informed   If you liked the Missouri Model, take a look in how Wisconsin expanded the Missouri Model  here !

Blog Post Link

Adapted from the Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Trauma-Informed

If you liked the Missouri Model, take a look in how Wisconsin expanded the Missouri Model here!

Trauma-Informed 2.0:

Trauma-Informed Schools 2.0 = Trauma-Informed Empowerment Schools

Trauma-Informed Schools 2.0 = Trauma-Informed Empowerment Schools

Resiliency Rock: The un-Iceberg Model

Trauma-EMPOWERED Schools: [STRENGTH-based] Empowering those impacted the most within the very system that pushed them out!  "The people most impacted by any given social problem are the 'experts.' They know how they were pushed out & what values were eroded in the process. They find their way back in growing the values at stake within themselves, from each other & what they give back to their communities." ~Jessie Sutherland.  Resiliency Rock not only exposes what is below the surface; but believes it is what fuels the change needed for a better tomorrow!

Trauma-EMPOWERED Schools: [STRENGTH-based] Empowering those impacted the most within the very system that pushed them out!

"The people most impacted by any given social problem are the 'experts.' They know how they were pushed out & what values were eroded in the process. They find their way back in growing the values at stake within themselves, from each other & what they give back to their communities." ~Jessie Sutherland.

Resiliency Rock not only exposes what is below the surface; but believes it is what fuels the change needed for a better tomorrow!

 

It's easy to SAY you don't suspend K-3 students in public forums. The Design-Thinking process ensures that you can fulfill those promises in action!

It's all about Systems-Design! Or in Systems RE-Design!

Now that you have introduced yoga/mindfulness/restorative practices/PBIS/trauma-responsive practices/fill in the blank, into your daily work; how will you put it all together that will lead to strength-based learning?

The graphic and Video represents a sample from our work.

This video is a quick introduction in how you can design a trauma-informed school using the design-thinking process.
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Key(s): Re-defining systems to create levels of support which include the ISS/OSS process. The critical component is a restorative "village" mindset. Your process will be different.   

 
 
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The child who is not embraced by the Village will burn it down to feel it’s warmth.
— African Proverb
 

This video is about a rural elementary school's journey to become a trauma-informed school community. Tips: Identify your early adopters, put them in one room, and start the design-thinking process.

Listen in with a small group of educators trying to begin a trauma-informed school movement.

This is an example of our work with a district that wanted to factor in a student's 'setting events' as it pertained to traumatic past experiences. 

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Without a Design-Thinking & Systems Approach, you are wasting your PD on the Practices.
Professional Learning Communities want to know how it all fits within the strategic planning process.
The Design-Thinking Process makes the magic happen!
~Jim Walters
 

In this video you will hear from a trauma-informed district-level leader that re-defined his role and meetings to better meet the needs of his trauma-informed team using the design-thinking process.

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Trauma-Informed Approach

Keep in mind that this is not a "program" or about "those kids." Creating trauma-informed or sensitive schools embraces empathy as it's roadmap, acknowledges individuals as each having unique experiences, and those experiences if properly cultivated can strengthen the village. ~Jim Walters

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My Adversity has given me a whole new definition of Leadership. I now define Leadership through the depth of which that leader has endured to get where they are today. If you are seeking a leader to do the impossible, look for someone that has persevered through the unthinkable!
~Jim Walters
What Happened to You? + Empathic Leadership = Empowered Learners!

What Happened to You? + Empathic Leadership = Empowered Learners!


Check out the latest video from Drew; a member of the traumainformedlearning.com team!

You are invited to SHARE this video and TAG 3 friends/colleagues who INSPIRE YOU. Challenge them to do the same to spread the positivity..... We all want to be happy. Healthy. Fully alive. We all deserve to feel capable. Cared for. Connected. What if one simple sign could change your day?


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*Are you looking to become a Trauma-Informed School/District?

*Does your staff understand the need in changing the narrative from "What's Wrong with You?" to "What Happened to You?"

*Are you now faced with putting all of this new knowledge into practice?

*You fully grasp how harmful exclusionary student practices are but now need help in answering the "What Now?" or identifying alternatives to suspension questions.

 

Our team (made up of school practitioners) specializes in helping schools answer the "What Now" questions with practical classroom tools and practices all within your existing MTSS system. We come in listening first, so that we can craft a program to meet YOUR specific needs.


We tried our best to make a promo. It just wasn’t happening on this day. Hopefully, what you will see is a fun loving team of school practitioners that have huge hearts and a passion towards cultivating leadership teams seeking to become trauma-informed.

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Here I am with my childhood hero, Frank Shorter who won the Gold Medal in the Marathon at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, Germany, and inspired me to take up running. (picture from October, 2012, St. Louis Rock n Roll Marathon)

Here I am with my childhood hero, Frank Shorter who won the Gold Medal in the Marathon at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, Germany, and inspired me to take up running. (picture from October, 2012, St. Louis Rock n Roll Marathon)