WHAT IS A TRAUMA INFORMED SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT?

Trauma-informed practice, sometimes known as trauma-sensitive practice or safe and supportive schools, creates a shared understanding and common language about how to create welcoming, caring, respectful and safe schools.

ALL STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

THAT ARE:

CALM.

PREDICTABLE.

SUPPORTIVE.

TRAUMA RISK FACTORS

Between 3.3 and 10 million children witness domestic violence yearly. 83% of inner city youth report experiencing one or more traumatic events. Black and latino families with children are more than twice as likely as white families to experience economic hardships. 

Prolonged stress caused by issues such as abuse or neglect, can impact brain development. students who experience severe or chronic trauma without the support of a nurturing relationship, are at a high risk for having difficulties with:

  • learning

  • behavior

  • forming friendships

They may demonstrate a range of actions from extreme aggression to withdrawal. focusing on healthy relationships and positive discipline can improve student engagement and school culture. 

In any given school, at least one quarter of the students have experienced traumatic or adverse experiences

WE WILL ACCOMPLISH THIS BY:

Training and professional development for all staff

Partnering with other organizations

Making families feel welcomed and heard

High quality curriculum choices that are aligned to the Alabama standards

Wrap around services that are already in place for mental and physical health along with services of licensed professional counselors

OUR APPROACH

A whole-school approach to trauma-informed practice at school can include strategies such as:

  • peer mentoring

  • teacher-student mentoring, or

  • restorative practices

Social-emotional learning opportunities are critical to students healing as well as to their learning. providing supportive and compassionate learning environments that are trauma-informed have shown to provide positive impacts on the emotional well-being of students and helps them success in academics and social life.