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Fall Updates from COTIP

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

It's been a long time since we posted an update, because we've been hard at work preparing new content and offerings. Read on to learn what's coming, though Fall Offerings, In Case You Missed It, and our Research Corner!


Fall Offerings

This class is designed to help you

bridge the gap from

knowing about the effects of trauma

to being able to fully implement a

trauma-informed approach in your classroom!

This course will examine trauma and its possible effects on students and teachers, and provide participants with ways to intervene against harmful effects. The course will explore the research on toxic stress, and explain how it can impact a child’s education. Grounded in an understanding of how structural racism and system-induced trauma impact education, it will explore the key principles of a trauma-informed approach, and how they can be applied in an educational setting to achieve equitable and just outcomes. Participants will work with concepts that will help them lower stress levels of their students.

Trauma-Informed Education is a 45-hour course. New York City DOE teachers may earn 3 A+ credits for this course.

  • The course will be delivered remotely on-line, through Google Classroom.

  • The first four sessions of the course will be delivered asynchronously (you work at your own time and pace, with work due on a set schedule), with instructor facilitation and forum discussion encouraged.

  • The remaining two sessions will be virtual, real-time discussion sessions.

Each of the first four sessions will include a pre-recorded presentation and a variety of the following:

  • Selected readings and multi-media sources for participants to review;

  • A quiz on the material presented; and/or

  • Questions, activities, or writing assignments that require participants to apply the materials covered to their classes, schools, or lessons.

All graded assignments and discussion sessions will be evaluated using a rubric. Detailed feedback will be provided no later than one week after the assignment is due. Participants may modify and resubmit written work within one week of receiving feedback. Participants who obtain an average of 80%, or a total of 124 points, will be eligible for A+ credits or be issued a certificate of successful completion.

Course Schedule:

Course Begins and All Materials Released: October 7, 2023

Session 1 Assignments Due: October 20, 2023

Session 2 Assignments Due: November 3, 2023

Session 3 Assignments Due: November 17, 2023

Session 4 Assignments Due: December 1, 2023

First Discussion Session: December 2, 2023, 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Eastern Time

Second Discussion Session: December 9, 2023, 9:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Eastern Time


Book Your Fall

Professional Development Events Now!

We're currently taking bookings for fall professional development events. Cowart Trauma Informed Partnership offers various levels of professional development to clients in the application of trauma-informed care and Trauma-informed Design. These trainings are always customized to your needs and include information to help you bring a trauma-informed lens to your work and environment.


Trauma-Informed Schools Institute

Our founder, Christine Cowart, and Janet Roche, co-founder of of the Trauma-informed Design Society, will be presenting on Trauma-informed Design for Schools at the Resilience Impact Trauma-Informed Schools Institute Conference on November 17, 2023. This virtual presentation will be geared to school administrators and educators, to provide them first-hand access to the groundbreaking Trauma-informed Design Evaluation Tool for K-12 Schools (TiDEvalK12).


In Case You Missed It

Did you know that Trauma-informed Design has been turning heads? Not only does the phrase return countless results in Google, but the national government is now recognizing its importance. In their new Practical Guide for Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states unequivocally:

Within a trauma-informed organization, the environment must foster both physical and psychological safety for both clients and staff.

What's more, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a Trauma-Informed Design Quick Reference Guide, including a section with resources for physical space design. If you want to learn more, be sure to check out the latest research on the Trauma-informed Design Society website.


Research Corner

has been busy, too! As you know, we've been on the conference circuit disseminating our EDRA CORE Award-winning research that resulted in the creation of the Trauma-informed Design Evaluation Tool for K-12 Schools (TiDEvalK12).

We also formed a team of architects, designers, educators, and human service professionals who have joined us in our research efforts. Stay tuned, as we are setting the final pieces in place, and plan to release exciting news about upcoming projects very soon!

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