Teaching Trauma-Affected Students


The National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence found that over 60% of children experienced some form of trauma, crime, or abuse in the previous year. You’ve probably seen the impact in your classroom but may not have made the connection that the behavior stems from an ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences).

Trauma can affect children differently, though students will often lack the ability to manage emotions and may not have developed the skills necessary to relate to others. In her book, Fostering Resilient Learners, Kristen Souers focuses on the effects rather than the causes since all kids respond to trauma differently. “If it’s predictable, it’s preventable” is a mantra repeated throughout the book.

Souers and Hall equip teachers with twelve strategies that will help these students find success in the classroom.

Educators taking this course, through reading and research, will explore strategies to support trauma-affected students. Educators will also investigate special topics and integrate new learning into their teaching environment.

This course is equivalent to 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours. It is a graduate-level course and intended for K-12 educators who have completed a bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that you receive board or district approval before registering with TPAI.

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*You are responsible for purchasing your own course book.