Introducing New Recorded Trainings!
Are you looking for ways to support students from marginalized communities, but don't have time to take a class? Then check out our new trainings, created to help you develop a better understanding of your students, and provide supportive strategies grounded in a trauma-informed approach!
The series includes a detailed look into the experiences of children from several marginalized communities, and offers techniques designed to help students feel safe, empowered, and able to focus on their educational opportunities.
In total, there are seven recordings. Designed with busy educators in mind, each works well as a stand-alone unit, and they can be purchased separately or as a set. The topics include an introduction to toxic stress and trauma, the basics of trauma-informed care, and specific units focusing on supporting:
Students with disabilities or special health needs;
Those who are English language learners or new Americans;
Students experiencing homelessness;
Youth who are members of the LGBQT+ community;
Children in foster care or who were adopted; and
Survivors of dating violence or human trafficking.
If you are looking for new ways to support
children at increased risk for
poor health and educational outcomes,
the adoption of risky behaviors,
and involvement with the
child welfare and criminal justice systems,
this is the series for you!
If you are interested, but would prefer a deeper dive and the interactive learning that occurs in a class, we've got you covered, too!
We are offering course focusing on the same topics in Supporting Marginalized Students. Throughout the course, participants will be asked to apply the strategies introduced, including specific approaches, communication-enhancement techniques, special accommodations, and collaboration with community resources.
The course will also introduce the concept of intersectionality, and examine how it can compound the impact for individuals who belong to more than one marginalized group. Participants will apply this understanding to the historical trauma of racism and how the school-to-prison pipeline and adultification bias operate, and make inferences about other intersections for marginalized students. Participants will be continually asked to link the course materials to examples from their personal and professional experience throughout the course.
Details for Supporting Marginalized Students
This is a 5-week, 30-hour course. It will be delivered remotely on-line, through Google Classroom. The course will consist of four sessions.
Two sessions will be delivered asynchronously (you work at your own time and pace, with work due on two specific dates), with instructor facilitation and forum discussion encouraged. Each of these will include pre-recorded presentations, selected readings, multi-media sources, and activities or writing assignments that require participants to apply the materials covered to their classes or schools. Participants will have:
Three weeks to complete the assignments from the first asynchronous session (estimated completion time of 7 hours); and
Two weeks to complete the assignments from the second asynchronous session (estimated completion time of 4 hours).
Two sessions will be virtual, real-time discussion sessions. These will be two-hours each, and will be held either in the evening or on Saturday mornings.
All graded assignments and discussion sessions will be evaluated using a rubric, and each will be worth a maximum of 12 points. 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 48 points, will be eligible for A+ credits or be issued a certificate of successful completion.
Course Begins and All Materials Released: March 19, 2022
Session 1 Assignments Due: April 8, 2022
First Discussion Session: April 9, 2022, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Session 2 Assignments Due: April 22, 2022
Second Discussion Session: April 23, 2022, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Looking to deepen your understanding of how to support students who have experienced trauma?
is designed to bridge the gap from
knowing about the effects of trauma
to being able to fully implement a
trauma-informed approach in your classroom!
Have you ever thought:
"I know about trauma, but I don't know how to help my students who have experienced it. I certainly don't want to make it worse."
Trauma-Informed Education goes well beyond an introductory understanding, and will equip you with tools you can use in your classroom right away.
Though presentations, selected readings and multi-media sources, written activities, and discussions, 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. This will have a direct impact on student health, well-being, and educational outcomes. Topics of this 45-hour course will include:
Learning how to identify possible triggers in their classes, and how to mitigate them;
Identifying times when they interacted with a student that they now suspect may have been displaying symptoms of trauma, and develop alternative ways of handling similar situations in the future;
Exploring how multicultural identities can impact teaching and learning;
Avoiding the re-traumatization of students and helping them regulate their emotions and build resilience;
Addressing the power differentials that are at play in a classroom, and how privilege impacts relationships;
Understanding the difference between: intent and impact; and equality and equity;
Identifying common institutional beliefs that contribute to inequities;
Learning how to de-escalate situations and help students better regulate their behavior;
Considering the merits of universal trauma screening in schools;
Modifying the physical space of their classrooms based on trauma-informed principles;
Examining school discipline policies through a trauma-informed lens and how to interrupt the “school-to-prison pipeline” through which students with disabilities and students of color experience disproportionate disciplinary measures; and
Critically evaluating/constructing lessons centered on sensitive topics including immigration and race from a culturally- and trauma-sensitive perspective.
Details for Trauma-Informed Education
Class Starts on March 19, 2022
Trauma-Informed Education is a 9-week, 45-hour 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 every two weeks), with instructor facilitation and forum discussion encouraged.
The final class will be an virtual, real-time discussion session.
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.
A NOTE FOR NYC DOE TEACHERS
A+ credit is available to NYC DOE Teachers for both courses. To receive full CTLE and salary differential credit for this course you must also register with ASPDP on their website. If you do not complete the ASPDP registration by the registration deadline, you will not be eligible for A+ or P credits towards your salary differential. If you have questions about using ASPDP courses towards the salary differential, please email ASPDP at ASPDP@schools.nyc.gov.