Children are coming to our schools more stressed out, overwhelmed, and dysregulated than ever before. A shift to a trauma-informed platform is the answer to giving these students a chance at reaching their full potential and finding their joy.
Being trauma-informed means working from a perspective of regulation instead of behavior, empowerment instead of punishment, and relationship instead of fear.
Whether you are just beginning the journey of becoming trauma-informed or you have been working for several years to implement this model, you've come to the right place. We have resources for everyone on your team from beginners to those who are advanced in their knowledge base.
Create a customized plan for your school with this interactive map! Here are two instructions to make your experience enjoyable:
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Interactive Roadmap to Becoming Trauma-Informed
Create a School Leadership Team within each school. This is a team of about 6-10 people who represent the makeup of your school.
Conduct an all staff professional development day led by the Leadership Team (click the red arrow for options):
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Use the "Help for Billy" Plug and Play course. This course is FREE! Click HERE to download.
Subscribe to the Trauma-Informed Online Academy and follow the "Help for Billy" course. Click HERE for more information and/or request a demo.
Subscribe to the Trauma-Informed Online Academy and use Domains 1 & 2 of the "Classroom180" coursework. Click HERE for more information and/or request a demo.
Using the content from the trainings listed in Step #2, the Leadership Team develops a curriculum using Classroom180. All staff receive a copy of Classroom180 to reinforce the learning.
Administrative staff develops standards and policies based on the Trauma-Informed School Admin Guide.
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After the all-staff PD Training:
Divide into groups, continue working through Help for Billy and the Study Guide. Each group is led by one member of the Leadership Team.
Divide into groups and work through Classroom180 as a study group. Each group is led by one member of the Leadership Team. Work through all 5 domains and the rubric throughout the school year.
Using the Trauma-Informed Online Academy, use the scenarios and other content from the video library at your weekly staff meetings (15-20 minutes each week for the entire year).
Using the Trauma-Informed Online Academy, use the "Classroom180" coursework at your weekly staff meetings (15-20 minutes each week for the entire year). Reinforce the learning with Classroom180 for your staff.
While Step 5 is underway, the Leadership Team conducts class observations with the Classroom180 Rubric to help each classroom progress effectively.
Develop more leaders with:
Continue with the Trauma-Informed Online Academy for another year.
Add in the Trauma-Informed Online Academy if this option was not used yet to move your staff to the next level.
Continue using the Classroom180 Rubric to support and gauge each teacher's progress in their journey of creating a trauma-informed classroom.
Once your school or district has completed the initial roll-out and has progressed to implementing the Classroom180 Framework, you may still want individual help with some of your toughest students or guidance in evolving your school to the next level. At this point in your journey, Heather is available for consultations and more advanced on-site or virtual training.
Trauma-Informed Resources for Schools
Classroom180: A Framework for Creating, Sustaining, and Assessing the Trauma-Informed Classroom
Classroom180: A Framework of 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 other specialists who support teachers on the journey of becoming trauma-informed.