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Summer 2019


There is a great need in schools today for school staff to be trauma informed. Many students are coming into the classroom after having dealt with traumatic experiences. Many people assume that the only trauma they are experiencing comes from abuse. However, that is not the case. Students are experiencing a variety of trauma in their lives such as death, neglect, community disasters and nation-wide disasters. All these factors change the way that children respond to others, their behaviors in the classroom and their academic success. Because of this trend, school staff are becoming trauma informed. Staff is trained to identify trauma in students and how to help the students navigate their emotions. Rather than disciplining the students for their actions, schools are working towards teaching the students how to respond and act. Trauma informed schools and staff members create a safer environment for all students and promote teaching techniques rather than discipline to support their students.