September 2016 Alliance Newsletter: Trauma-informed practice                      View this email on the web.
Trauma-informed practices for improved student well-being and success
Supporting all of your students may require better understanding their personal challenges and adjusting your school culture
This newsletter provides resources (toolkits, research, videos) to help school and district staff
  1. understand how traumatic circumstances and events in students' lives can lead to challenging school experiences for you and them, and 
  2. make adjustments in school culture and practice to better support these students to succeed in school and life.
Guides and Toolkits
Focus on action: free to use and customize
Child Trauma Toolkit for Educatorsfrom the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Trauma & Resilience: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit, from the Adolescent Health Working Group

The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success, from the Washington Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and Western Washington University

From the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative:
  • Helping Traumatized Children Learn (Vol. 1): A Report and Policy Agenda (2005)
  • Helping Traumatized Children Learn (Vol. 2): Creating/Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools (2013)
Videos: Background on Trauma & How to Respond
Watch with a team!
Example Models for Educators
Can these apply to your context?
Research and Articles on Trauma-Informed Schools
Selected readings and resources
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America's Public Schools (Grad Nation, 2016)

Unlocking the Door to Learning: Trauma-Informed Classrooms & Transformational Schools (McInerney & McKlindon, 2014)

Trauma-Informed Care for Children Exposed to Violence - Tips for Teachers (Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, 2011)

How Teachers Help Students Who’ve Survived Trauma (Lahey, 2014)

Best Practices for Supporting and Educating Students Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence or Sexual Victimization (Cevasco, Rossen, & Hull, n.d.)

Girls Coping with Trauma Are Often Met with Harsh Discipline at School (Quinlan, 2016)

Students Traumatized by Loss and Violence Get a Fighting Chance to Learn (LA Times, 2016)

Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community-Level Trauma (Pinderhughes, Davis, & Williams, 2015)

Series on trauma informed classrooms (Huffington Post, 2016)

Series on mental health in schools (NPR, 2016)

Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA) resources (including presentations and living collaborative document on trauma-informed best practices)
Resources from Salt Lake City Event 
Supporting Student Resiliency in Trauma-Sensitive Schools, Spring 2015

Revisit recorded presentations by speakers from the Utah State Office of Education, the University of Utah Department of Psychiatry, and practitioners from Montana, Washington, and California.
Look for the next newsletter on restorative justice in education!

The Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities
brings together schools and other organizations working to decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates for all students, including students with disabilities. In partnership with the Utah State Office of Education, the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities, and REL West at WestEd, educators learn together through training, technical assistance, research, and collaboration.  

Key Contacts

Utah State Board of Education: Susan Loving
REL West: BethAnn Berliner
REL West Utah: Kenwyn Derby
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