Due to be released March 27, 2020, Classroom180: A Framework for Creating, Sustaining, and Assessing the Trauma-Informed Classroom, by Heather T. Forbes, LCSW is a comprehensive roadmap of what it means to fully create, implement, and sustain a trauma-informed classroom from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Additionally, Classroom180 includes an assessment tool, the Classroom180 Rubric, that can be used by administrators and others specialists who support teachers on the journey of becoming trauma-informed.
Creating an effective and life-giving trauma-informed classroom goes far beyond a few fidgets and a calm corner. This comprehensive book will move you to the leading edge of being trauma-informed. Forbes has developed a system of five domains with a total of twenty-seven clearly defined components to give you an organizing system of where to start and how to continually create and sustain an effective a classroom designed to meet all your students, especially those who have been impacted by trauma.
Not only does Classroom180 give you detailed examples and explanations of what is needed in a trauma-informed classroom, it includes a rubric to gather objective evidence. The Classroom180 Rubric helps you to define classroom characteristics, provide feedback to teachers, and offer practical strategies to build skills one domain at a time. It gives teachers a starting point on a growth continuum and teachers can use it as a self-assessment to reflect on their own. Administrators can do classroom walk-throughs and observations focused on specific or all domains. Mentors can assist new teachers by having coaching conversations and recommending new strategies that have been identified on the rubric. Fellow teachers can use it with one another to support one another and grow together on their trauma-informed journeys. It can also be a tool for curriculum specialists and other support personnel when working with teachers.
Using the Classroom180 Rubric during a classroom observation.
Classroom180 is designed for:
Teachers, Classroom180 will give you the roadmap of what it means to fully create, implement, and sustain a trauma-informed classroom. Additionally, it includes assessment tools that you can use on a regular bases to do your own self-assessment. This is a full-proof way to make sure you are not only creating a successful trauma-informed classroom but that you also have a plan for future growth to maintain an ever-expanding and ever-deepening trauma-informed classroom for your students.
Administrators, Classroom180 will deepen your understanding of what components are needed for a trauma-informed classroom so you can support your teachers. But more importantly, it will equip you with a way to objectively assess your teachers, using the Classroom180 Rubric. This field-tested rubric gives in exactly what to look for when doing a classroom observations to determine at what level your teachers are on their journeys to becoming trauma-informed.
Educational Support Staff and School Counselors
Educational support staff and school counselors, Classroom180 will give you a more comprehensive understanding of all the components needed to create a powerful trauma-informed classroom. It will move you to the next level in your expertise and sharpen your insight when you are working with teachers in the classroom. It will also give you an objective and well-organized coaching guide, using the Classroom180 Rubric, for you to use when debriefing with teachers when helping them to shift their classrooms from a traditional platform to a trauma-informed platform.
Heather T. Forbes, LCSW, is the owner of the Beyond Consequences Institute and author of Classroom180 and numerous books other books on the topic of working with children impacted by trauma. Coming from a family of educators, Heather has a passion for helping children in the classroom. Trauma robs children of their curiosity, and Heather’s passion is to help these students return back to their innate love for learning. She consults and lectures extensively with both general and special education schools around the nation. Her signature style is to bridge the gap between academic research and “when the rubber hits the road” classroom situations, giving teachers and school personnel the understanding and tools they need for even the most challenging of students. Heather has worked in schools with trauma-impacted students and knows firsthand how challenging it can be on a daily basis with these students. Much of her insight on understanding trauma, disruptive behaviors, and developmental delays, comes from her own experience of raising two internationally adopted children and mentoring a severely trauma-impacted young adult.
Heather T. Forbes, LCSW
About the CONTRIBUTING
Deanna Maki, B.Ed./SPED
Deanna Maki, B.Ed. / SPED, is an education consultant and co-founder of E-Impact Consulting in Kelowna, Canada. She has worked in the field of education since 1994. As a former special education teacher, she is passionate about working with at-risk students, empowering children, and building community. After starting her family, she worked as an education consultant and trainer for numerous curriculum and school software programs where she was able to refine her skills in teacher training. Currently, Deanna serves as the vice president of Educational Impact, an online professional development company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a subject matter expert in special education, teacher evaluation, social and emotional learning, and trauma, Deanna has authored over 200 online courses for educators. Through a collaboration with Heather T. Forbes, LCSW, and the Beyond Consequences Institute, the Trauma-Informed Online Academy was created to provide a step-by-step training program for schools to become trauma-informed. As contributing editor to Classroom180, Deanna’s contribution to the development of the Classroom180 Rubric were invaluable. She helped to shape and develop it into an evaluation tool that is clear, relevant, well organized, and concise.
In Classroom180, Heather Forbes asks you to make numerous paradigm shifts and provides you with the knowledge and techniques you will need for the journey. A follow-up to her acclaimed Help for Billy series, this book provides detailed, readable, and remarkable advice for teachers of children who have experienced trauma.....
In her Introduction of Classroom180, Heather promises you a “roadmap.” In reality, she provides you with a roadmap as well as a compass, GPS, walking stick, canteen, and some snacks along the way.
If you are looking for a magical, mystical quick fix, look elsewhere. It is a great deal of hard work to teach in the way that Heather suggests. She is not telling you that it is going to be easy … she is telling you that it is going to be worth it.
Richard D. Lavoie, MA, MEd